Introducing the Ruckus R300 - Latest low cost wireless access point

The Ruckus R300 is a new addition to the Ruckus Wireless range of access points. It is a 2x2:2 Dual band access point and enters the range as a low cost, low end solution.

On the face of it, the specs look good and you may ask yourself why you shouldn't buy R300 access points instead of the more expensive 7372's. While the R300 is an impressive little access point - there are a few key differences:

  • It has a lower overall gain than the 7372
  • It doesn\'t have Dual polarized antennas
  • It has less RF patterns for beamflex than the 7372
  • There are no optional mounting brackets, just what you get in the box
  • Mesh is not supported
  • Application recognition will not be supported

So as you can see, there are many reasons why you should spend the extra. However if the above list doesn\'t cause you any problems, then maybe the R300 is the AP for you!

The specs of the R300 are as follows:

Best-in-class performance for price

  • Two-stream MIMO 2x2:2
  • ZoneFlex R300 - Concurrent dual-band support
  • 128 unique antenna patterns (64 per band)
  • Up to 4dB of signal-to-interference and noise (SINR) improvement and up to 10dB of interference mitigation
  • BeamFlex and Transmit beamforming capable
  • Capable of supporting over 250 clients per R300 AP
  • Novel channel selection approach (ChannelFly) delivering up to 50 percent capacity gain over alternative background scanning approaches

Adaptive antennas and automatic interference mitigation

  • Up to 4 times extended range and coverage
  • Automatic interference mitigation
  • BeamFlex combines adaptive antennas and transmit beamforming

Concurrent support for HD IPTV, VoIP and data

  • Support for isochronous, multicast IP video streaming
  • Four queues per client station

Differentiated services with multiple SSIDs

  • 27 BSSIDs with unique QoS and security policies
  • WPA-PSK (AES), 802.1X support
  • Zero-IT and Dynamic PSK
  • Captive portal and guest accounts
  • RADIUS and Active Directory support