Ruckus gets bigger...
Ruckus have today announced the release of a new budget friendly AP, the 7321:
Best-in-class mid-range performance and cost effective
Selectable band (5GHz/2.4GHz) support
2.4GHz, 110Mbps of theoretical maximum speed
5GHz, 230Mbps of theoretical maximum speed
Advanced channel management
Transmit beamforming and ChannelFly
Results in 2 to 4 times extended range and coverage
Up to 50 percent capacity increase with ChannelFly
Up to 4 dB signal gain with transmit beamforming
Concurrent support for video, VoIP and data
Four queues per client station
Delivers 20 concurrent voice calls, 256 simultaneous users
Automatic prioritization of VoIP and video traffic
Smart meshing increases flexibility, reduces costs
Smart Mesh Networking
Admission control/load balancing
8 BSSIDs with unique QoS and security policies
WEP, WPA-PSK (AES), 802.1X support
Zero-IT and Dynamic PSK
Captive portal and guest accounts
RADIUS and Active Directory support
Contact your CP account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and pricing
How does this compare performance and pricewise to the 7363's we already have?
Primary difference is that the 7363 is 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz concurrent broadcast, whereas the 7321 is selectable dual band i.e. you select either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz. This obviously removes the benefits from band steering which the 7363 offers i.e. offloading 5Ghz capable clients onto 5Ghz radio to free up bandwidth and space for 2.4Ghz only clients.
Originally Posted by JJonas
In terms of cost they are cheaper than the 7363 but are slightly less powerful:
7321 RF POWER OUTPUT
•Max transmit power 23 dBm 2.4GHz; 21 dBm for 5GHz
7363 RF POWER OUTPUT
•Max transmit power 26 dBm for 2.4GHz; 24 dBm for 5GHz
Finally the 7321 only has a single 10/100/1000 port rather than 1 x 10/100/1000 and 2 x 10/100 ports on the 7363.
Personally I see a potential application for 7321's in deployment within mobile classrooms for example where usage is likely to be comparatively limited but coverage would be useful. If you'd like to see the full breakdown drop over an email and I'll send through the full spec sheets.