Company Overview

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Ruckus Wireless was originally founded in 2002 to develop equipment that would use Wi-Fi to run entertainment-quality video simultaneously to all the TVs and computers in a home. The technology the founders developed did exactly what they set out to do, but due to market trends and opportunities at the time, the company chose to shift away from home video towards service providers and enterprises.

Building on ahead-of-its time technology, Ruckus became a pioneer in the WiFi infrastructure market, enabling carriers and enterprises to stay ahead of the exploding demand for high-bandwidth applications and services. Today, Ruckus delivers a simply better wireless experience that makes everyday life and business better across the globe. Ruckus Smart WiFi technology redefines what’s possible in wireless network performance with flexibility, reliability and affordability.

Since its founding, Ruckus has never relied on off-the-shelf, reference design radio technology – it doesn’t deliver the capacity, range or interference mitigation necessary to make real the dream of wireless that works everywhere, all the time. Ruckus delivered the industry’s first adaptive antenna technology to overcome RF interference on WiFi networks – followed by industry-first 802.11n and 802.11ac (wave 1 & 2) products, certificate-based security certificate-based security and location-based software. The company went public in February 2012, and was acquired by Brocade in May 2016.

Now the company, officially dubbed the Ruckus Wireless Business Unit of Brocade, stands on the following pillars:

  • Performance – Ruckus’ Ruckus’s deep history of technical innovation means superior, dependable wireless performance for its customers. Everywhere, all the time.
  • Simplicity – Ease of install and management for IT? Ease of use for end users? These are just a given. Ruckus also offers ease of doing business for its partners and customers.
  • Options – Ruckus provides the utmost flexibility for all the wireless networking scenarios a business might have. Full stop.
  • Segments – Large enterprises, SMBs, carriers, service providers, educational institutions (primary, secondary and higher ed), hospitality, MDU, retail, manufacturing, smart cities, public venues and events. You name it, we support it.

Moving Beyond Wi-Fi

Ruckus’s technology expertise now extends well beyond WiFi. With its OpenG technology, Ruckus is again a pioneer, working to build an ecosystem that will enable organizations to self-deploy LTE coverage in the same way they deploy WiFi today. And Ruckus WiFi itself is now much more than super-fast connections, it’s a platform for a host of capabilities – like location analytics and engagement technology – that can reduce cost, increase efficiency, improve customer loyalty and increase revenue.

And Beyond Wireless

As part of Brocade, the Ruckus team is working daily to bring to life a new set of capabilities, technologies and products that we expect will transform the networking experience. Brocade plus Ruckus creates a pure-play networking company, enabling the most critical networking requirements from the data centre core to the wireless network edge.

BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Smart, compact adaptive antenna systems containing multiple elements that electrically manipulate antenna properties so as to create optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicate.

Why you should care:

Traditional wireless antennas are either “omnidirectional” (radiating signals in all directions) or “directional” (radiating signals in one direction). Ruckus BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology takes a more adaptable approach. BeamFlex technology enables the antenna system within a Ruckus AP to continually sense and optimize for its environment.

This antenna system mitigates radio interference, noise and network performance issues, and improves application flows. The results:

  • Increased performance and range
  • Crystal clear video and voice communications
  • Maximized power efficiency

BeamFlex+ is an enhancement to Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology by providing adaptive support to mobile devices. BeamFlex+ enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in addition to client device location.

802.11ac vs. 802.11n

General Wireless Technologies

What it means:

802.11 is a family of wireless standards created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 802.11n is the older version of Wi-Fi, launched in 2009. It improved over previous versions of Wi-Fi with multiple radios, advanced transmit and receive techniques, and the option to use 5 GHz spectrum—all of which translate to a data rate of up to 600 Mbps.

802.11ac, introduced in 2014, is the latest generation. It adds wider channels and the ability to utilize up to eight data streams (“spatial streams”) with downlink using multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) techniques for simultaneous transmission on up to four devices. These are changes over the previous standard that yield a maximum data rate of more than 3 Gbps, and even higher in the future. It also operates exclusively in the cleaner, capacity-rich 5 GHz frequency band.

Why you should care:

Older 802.11n technology is now widely deployed, and still does a good job for many applications. But if you’re deploying wireless infrastructure today, especially in a new, “green field” deployment, 802.11ac is the way to go. You might have heard some grumbling about real-world 802.11ac throughput gains not living up to expectations. And that was sometimes true for early products. But the second generation of 802.11ac—known as “Wave 2”—delivers major advantages over 802.11n, with room to grow. To get the most from 802.11ac, however, you need solutions built with solid wireless fundamentals, thoughtful radio design and very good antennas.

802.11ac Wave 2

What it means:

802.11ac Wave 2 is the newest version of the newest Wi-Fi standard. It builds on first-generation 802.11ac technology by delivering faster data rates and the ability to communicate with four different clients simultaneously, instead of one at a time.

Why you should care:

Since rolling out in 2015, 802.11ac Wave 2 has become the Wi-Fi technology of choice, seeing double-digit growth in its first two years after launch. With wireless speeds as fast or faster than wired networks, many businesses now use it as the primary way to connect to the LAN.

Ruckus got in early on the 802.11ac game, offering one of the leading Wave 2 access points and the industry’s first commercially available Wave 2 outdoor access point. Today, we offer one of the largest Wave 2 portfolios on the market. By combining Wave 2 capacity with our technology breakthroughs in Smart Wi-Fi intelligence and antenna design, we’re making the dream of super-fast 802.11ac a reality in thousands of locations worldwide.

Secure Device Onboarding and Cloudpath

Security and Onboarding

What it means:

It’s not 2005 anymore; there’s no reason that onboarding wireless devices shouldn’t be highly secure and simple. Ruckus Cloudpath software makes secure onboarding easy for enterprises, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Why you should care:

With billions of wireless devices and new ones hitting the market all the time, it can feel like the Wild West out there. Cloudpath lets you onboard both IT-owned and BYOD devices in a fast, automated way. Cloudpath invented self-service Wi-Fi onboarding in 2006, and onboards millions of devices each year. It uses standards-based security, strong encryption, and flexible policy controls to extend enterprise-grade security to every device coming onto your network.

OpenG

What it means:

OpenG is a Ruckus technology innovation that improves mobile coverage and capacity inside buildings, where connecting with conventional macro networks is a challenge. It combines new coordinated shared spectrum (CSS) capabilities with small cell technologies to bring licensed mobile connectivity indoors. In the United States, OpenG solutions use 3.5GHz spectrum under the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service (CBRS) rules defined by the Federal Communications Commission. Ruckus is an active participant in a group of wireless industry leaders working to develop, market and promote solutions utilizing CBRS.

Why you should care:

Mobile service has traditionally been an either/or proposition: users connect to mobile macro networks outside, and rely on Wi-Fi indoors where mobile signals are poorer. If you’ve ever been on a mobile call and walked into an office building or parking structure, you know why that’s a big problem. In many buildings, especially new construction, mobile services that operate over licensed radio spectrum just can’t penetrate everywhere users want them. Especially deep inside buildings, you end up with mobile “dead zones”, dropped calls and frustrated subscribers.

With the emergence of LTE-WiFi convergence and CSS, that’s all changing. Solutions like Ruckus’ OpenG let service providers and enterprises deploy “neutral host” small cell solutions inside buildings to extend mobile connectivity to places it wouldn’t otherwise reach. The result: better indoor coverage, happier users and new business opportunities for managed wireless services.