Ruckus launches world's first IoT and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point for public spaces
You might not be familiar with Ruckus Networks, but if you have ever logged on to a Wi-Fi network at a public space like the airport or hotel, chances are, you have logged on to a Ruckus access point.
Ruckus Networks is one of the leading providers of outdoor Wi-Fi access points and it has just introduced the world's first IoT and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point called the R730.
What's 802.11ax, you ask? 802.11ax is widely expected to supersede 802.11ac and it will offer higher bandwidth and better MU-MIMO capabilities, making it suited for high-density deployments.
This ties in well with the Ruckus R730 as it was designed to be used in public spaces like stadiums, airports, schools, train stations... you get the idea.
The Ruckus R730 is a dual-band access point that supports up to 12 spatial streams (8 in 5GHz, 4 in 2.4GHz). Thanks to 802.11ax, it can serve up to 1.148Gbps through its 2.4GHz network and 4.8Gbps on its 5GHz network. It also has 5Gbps Ethernet ports for backhaul communications.
Obviously, you will need an 802.11ax compatible client to take advantage of these improved speeds, but with the first 802.11ax routers set to hit stores later this year, it would only be a matter of time before 802.11ax becomes the de facto Wi-Fi standard.
The Ruckus R730 will be available later this quarter.