Ruckus wireless mesh network?

marley1

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interesting gear, curious as well, what is pricing like?

i have always wanted to try pepwave gear
 

Nacho

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Looks like interesting gear. Can use a wireless backhaul instead of ethernet based (although I'm pretty sure it can use either).

Pricing is 1k or so for controller and 800 per AP.
 

HoppyChris

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I've got about 100 of them on a college campus, they're excellent, easy to use, and don't have a load of blinking lights and antennas coming out of them.
 

niccoli

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I just installed a Ruckus ZoneDirector 1006 and 2 7962 AP's (1 in each office location). One of our locations is 7,500 sq foot retail/office space and 7,500 sq foot warehouse in the back. I ordered two 7962's for this location alone and it ended up that just 1 covers the entire space and about 200 ft outside of the building! Management is really simple, not all of the bells and whistles of Cisco/Aruba but they do have mapping capabilities built into the ZoneDirector as well as hotspot/login capabilities. More than enough features for what we were looking for and the price was great.
 

The Spyder

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Really??
I was looking at 6 AP's to cover a 2 story building, but if 2 can handle it, that would be great!
 

HoppyChris

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Almost all of the APs I've got connected are connected wired -- partly because it's easier for me to get a network cable run to somewhere than a power outlet. I've found the coverage to be great -- we planned on 3/floor in a new dorm building but ended up not needing nearly that many. If possible, check out coverage with 2 and then add another one or two as needed. I'd also try to not have more than 25-30 people per AP at once if possible.
 

The Spyder

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See, thats going to be a issue. I will need 6~ AP's with 30 people each. (12 classrooms) Oh well, I have a call in this week with their sales department. How is their support and sales if you have dealt with them?
 

The Spyder

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I was looking at Aruba pretty hard for some time, very nice setup, easy to use.

My main issue right now is I will have 20-25 users per 7 classrooms. + Faculty + Staff.
Right around what the fellow above posted is the max per AP with good signal/transfer speed.

The Zone director supports 6 AP's and starting out, that will be fine, but when all 12 classrooms are full with 300 students + 50 faculty, I will need to double the starting number of AP's to not have a slow network... Not ideal. I would rather put in 6~ ap's that can handle 50 connections each. This is going to be used for live streaming video, audio, presentations, coursework, research/books. For the first 2 years, it looks to be fine, but after that, it looks like everything will have to be upgraded.

I will do more research and see what AP's other schools are running. :)
Worse comes to worse, big stack of WRT54GL's LOL.

Ruckus claims 100 active data connections on the 7942. If that was possible, I would need 4 max for the entire school, with 2 more available, if needed.
 
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I have no idea if the they will be in your price range, but definetly consider Meru Networks as well.

http://www.merunetworks.com/

We are deploying a 100 ap setup at my work and it has truly been a dream. No channel planning, auto load balancing, seamless 0ms ap handoffs. It's an amazing system.
 
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