Ruckus Wireless Introduces ZonePlanner- WLAN

Ruckus Wireless, announced that it has joined forces with AirMagnet, now part of Fluke Networks, to introduce ZonePlanner, a wireless LAN (WLAN) network planning tool designed specifically for use with Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs).

ZonePlanner combines technology advancements from AirMagnet and Ruckus Wireless and integrates directional high-gain antenna patterns derived from BeamFlex, the Ruckus-patented smart antenna array with AirMagnet’s planning tools. With ZonePlanner, network managers can more easily and accurately plan, design, deploy and manage Ruckus Smart WLAN networks in any indoor environment. Ruckus ZoneFlex AP integrates a high-gain directional smart antenna array that constantly focuses and directs Wi-Fi energy over the best performing signal paths to increase throughput and channel capacity while also significantly improving reliability and range.

"The combination of Ruckus ZoneFlex APs with the new ZonePlanner effectively takes all the guess work out of accurately designing and deploying a wireless LAN," said Brian Young, President- inVision Networks." He added, "The planning process with Ruckus APs is already simple because not only do we need far fewer APs to cover a given area with their smart antenna array, the APs automatically adjust Wi-Fi signals to real-time changes in the environment," said Young. "Combining this technology with a low-cost, custom planning tool radically reduces the upfront time it normally takes to plan a wireless network and this detailed level of planning really streamlines deployment and network support with complete reports, bills of material, and accurate placement.

ZonePlanner supports all Ruckus ZoneFlex single and dual-band indoor APs. Planners can calculate and optimise AP counts, layout and configuration - adding Ruckus APs to any location and experimenting to find the ideal AP and placement for the environment. It allows network managers to design and visualise Wi-Fi environments that account for different types of building materials, areas of signal attenuation, AP configuration and antenna patterns to provide a predictive map of Wi-Fi coverage and performance.

By simply loading in a map of the location and using the built-in library of doors, walls and windows to match building's characteristics, ZonePlanner makes it very easy to build a detailed model of any Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi environment. The WLAN plans can be further customised to account for cubicles, offices, elevators, a variety of warehouse obstructions and any user-defined building materials and obstructions.

With ZonePlanner, administrators can set AP channels, transmit power, antenna type, orientation, height and advanced 802.11n configuration options. When the planning session is complete, professional reports are easily generated with all the information required to properly install the network complete with a bill of materials list of required Ruckus APs and their ideal placement and configuration settings.

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Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 22:40:16 IST