Ruckus Wireless has unveiled its new Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 bridge system, a long-range, Gigabit-class, outdoor Smart WiFi bridging system that can connect devices within 8 kilometers range.
Launched worldwide, the Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 bridge system is priced $1,195 or as pre-provisioned pairs at $2,395 nd is available from authorized Ruckus BiG DOG resellers, said the company in a statement.
With its internal antennas, it offers hundreds of megabits of performance at line of sight distances up to 8 kilometers, and over 20 kilometers with external antennas.
Featuring one of the industry’s most compact and lightest form, the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system supports RF capacity up to 867 Mbps to easily extend broadband services, backhaul small cell traffic, or offer high-speed broadband connectivity to locations where fixed lines are limited or simply cost-prohibitive.
Schools, hotels, warehouses and other outdoor environments can leverage the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system to save tens of thousands of dollars in annual broadband costs, claims the company.
“With some 50 schools spread across 300 square miles, our Ruckus Smart WiFi bridges have paid for themselves,” said Dan Maclise, senior systems engineer at the Lodi Unified School District (CA).
“We’ve been able to save thousands of dollars by avoiding monthly broadband costs at select sites where fiber connections just aren’t feasible. The performance and reliability of these Smart WiFi bridges effectively mirror traditional terrestrial lines, but at a fraction of the cost and complexity. It’s been amazing.”
By combining purpose-built, high-gain directional antenna technology with the 802.11ac standard at both ends of the connection, the new bridge system will do away with the fire optics now.
High Density Gigabit Broadband WiFi
Each ZoneFlex P300 bridge integrates 5 GHz, dual-polarized directional antenna system that provides up to 14dBi of antenna gain. This new two-stream (2×2:2) 802.11ac WiFi bridging system features an internal, high-gain directional antenna system as well as external antenna connections to increase effective distance and help ensure highly reliable connectivity.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 bridge system provides 30 degrees of coverage from one root bridge with internal antennas to handle many receiving bridges, or 360 degrees of coverage with external antennas. In addition, the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system features a dedicated sniffer radio for radar avoidance pre-scan, resulting in high availability of WiFi traffic.
At 18 centimeters long by 15 centimeters wide and 8.6 centimeters high, and weighing a mere 2.5 kilograms, each Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 root bridge can support up to 10 node links and each link is secure through the use of AES encryption, with the ability to support multiple networks segmented by VLANs.
Automatic pairing and easy aiming between bridges provides for fast and simple installation, allowing installers to deploy these new wireless bridges effortlessly. Lightweight and designed with flexible wall or pole mounting options, the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system provides precision aiming through sophisticated LED-based aiming software. IP-67 rated and ruggedized for harsh outdoor environments, the P300 bridge system operates at temperatures from -40 up to 149 degrees Fahrenheit (from -40 up to 65 degrees Celsius), said the company.
Pricing and Availability
Available immediately worldwide, the new Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 bridge system is priced $1,195 or as pre-provisioned pairs at $2,395 nd is available from authorized Ruckus BiG DOG resellers, said the company in a statement.