Ruckus Wireless launched Ruckus Unleashed access points, based on a new controller-less Wi-Fi architecture, is custom-designed to help small business owners grow their business, deliver an excellent customer experience and manage costs while supporting a variety of mobile devices with minimal IT staff.
The product, as per the press release, reduces ownership costs and delivers up to 50 percent higher Wi-Fi performance for small business environments.
Small business continues to be an important growth engine globally, with 65 million small businesses representing more than half of the global workforce (700 million people). An SMB Group survey shows 60% of small business leaders regard mobile solutions as critical to their business.
“Ruckus Unleashed access points level the playing field for local retailers, coffee shops, and restaurants, helping them to deliver a high-quality Wi-Fi experience for customers and employees with much lower total cost of ownership,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, Ruckus’ chief operating officer. “We’re excited to help small business owners make high-performance Wi-Fi affordable and simple to install and maintain.”
Ruckus Unleashed is immediately available with two models of Ruckus access points – ZoneFlex R500 Unleashed and ZoneFlex R600 Unleashed access points – priced at $645 and $795, respectively. The Unleashed version of these access points are similar to the standard R500 and R600, meaning customers receive the controller at no additional cost. Each access point delivers industry-leading Wi-Fi performance at extended ranges for up to 512 simultaneously connected devices.
Unleashed access points have built-in controller capabilities similar to Ruckus’ ZoneDirector controller software, including user access controls, guest networking functions, advanced Wi-Fi security and traffic management. Ruckus Unleashed access points can manage up to 25 access points as part of a single-site network. As businesses grow to multiple sites, Ruckus offers an easy migration path to controller-based Wi-Fi, using the same Wi-Fi access points.