Ruckus Wireless claims it handily defeated leading wireless LAN vendors in a series of rigorous 'open RF' 802.11n WLAN tests

August 18, 2009

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Ruckus Wireless today announced that it handily defeated leading wireless LAN (WLAN) vendors in a series of rigorous "open RF" 802.11n WLAN tests conducted by Tom's Hardware, one of the Internet's premiere resources for unbiased reviews, news and information on technology.

In a battery of range and performance tests across five different locations, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11n Smart WLAN system posted impressive throughput gains ranging from 36 to 180 Mbps over equivalent WLAN systems from Cisco and Aruba. The testing included, for the first time, a review of Cisco's newest chip-based beamforming technology.

According to Tom's Hardware: "The future of video-capable Wi-Fi depends on a directional signal-boosting technique called beamforming...[the] Ruckus approach to on-antenna beamforming could prove revolutionary in inspiring the next wave of wireless networking designs."

Unlike many wireless LAN tests where access points (APs) are placed in a controlled RF chamber with the antennas detached to eliminate any test ambiguities caused by changes in the environment, Tom's Hardware was the first to conduct a comprehensive review of 802.11n products in a real-world, "open air" environment where obstacles, interference and distance play a crucial role, affecting consistent performance at different distances. "We welcome and encourage this type of wireless testing because it reflects how customers actually deploy and use wireless products," said Steve Martin, VP of Engineering for Ruckus Wireless. "This testing was particularly significant because it measured performance using different traffic types, multiple frequencies, distance, obstacles and even client rotation. These are exactly the kinds of issues that customers wrestle with every day."

Ruckus Wireless Inc.

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