stevenlong1985 (18th June 2008)
I am certainly interested in a Ruckus demo.
I have a Netgear reseller in this week, still sorting out a date with Extricom and looking for any other possibilities.
Are people here dealing direct with Ruckus or is there a truste reseller?
stevenlong1985 (18th June 2008)
Speak to a guy called 'Mark Power' at Net-Ctrl i'm dealing with him he is sound any questions hes the guy to go to
Okay... right here I go..
Is it worth Future Proofing the schools WIFI with wireless N? or do I stick to getting G? If I go for wireless N its only gonna cost the school around 5k to 6k for 9 AP plus controller. I know we at the school wont be taking full advantage of wireless N yet but you never know with technology.
If i get wireless G how long would that last? before I would have to upgrade?
we are a primary school, 3 form school with about 600 Students and staff
Not sure what to do?
I'm going to go B/G still, I do believe that the N stuff will just need Firmware flash to bring it to ratified status but as the N standard isnt there yet I'm not risking it. I do have faith in Ruckus and Net Ctrl saying thats all it will take but its a risk i'm not happy with just yet.
stevenlong1985 (25th June 2008)
Going for the wireless N option, its only gonna cost us 6k in all
even if we dont use the N wireless and still use G wireless the 7942AP have a 1Gigabit Netowrk connection which will give us the extra bandwith, that should sort out the need to stagger the amount of users to login at the same time.
Okai, thread digging up here, I've had my trial of the kit, thanks to Mark and crew at Net Ctrl for that, and WOW was I amazed at it in the flesh in terms of its power in my buildings.
Buildings dating back 3-400 years in some cases as well as modern ones, and cardboard pre-fabs, and the power of the APs was just amazing, I knew it was good but not that good. I can cover 2 floors (and even near enough acceptable into the 3rd floor!!) of a building completely with 3 APs which I couldnt even managed to cover the ground floor with 3 APs before thats the sheer power of the Ruckus kit.
Mark has sent me over this PDF (attached) which he said I could repost here. Its an independent review of the kit.
I'll add my two penneth into the review where they flag up about the zero IT Activation not working with there demo card, I tried it with 3Com, D-Link, Netgear, Broadcom, Intel, Asus and Buffalo cards (obviously not every model but just ones I had on hand and in laptops) and all the ones I tried from those makers were fine, the Asus was a bit slow at roaming but a driver update fixed that, my Intel in my HP Laptop was brilliant, and my HP Voice Messenger Phone just roamed perfectly without issues or dropping the connection at all, VERY VERY IMPRESSED!!!
If you are thinking that I am just doing it as im being paid to or something, I assure you I am not and Mark will confirm this, but after so many claims in the past of range from built in aerials from other makes such as Buffalo's super G Technology at the time etc this is a breath of fresh air, it does exactly as it says on the tin, and Mark and his team at Net Ctrl are amazing as well. I had a blonde moment during my trial and spoke to the guys at Net Ctrl and they helped me through my blonde moment and made me realise where I had gone wrong and sorted it (was not a ruckus fault was my configuration of my switch stupid me!) So they are very much worth talking to about the kit, and if you are skeptical of the claims that myself and other members here are making after our trials and use of it, pick up the dog and bone and call them and arrange a trial of the kit for yourself in your own school, its no-obligation and I am very sure you will be as pleased as the rest of us have been. The best smiles come when you present the figures for the Ruckus kit to your Bursar as A you need less APs compaired to the other kit and B its cheaper!
Anyway any questions fire away or give Mark a call - 01473 281211 (don't forget to say you saw it here on Edugeek )
stevenlong1985 (15th August 2008)
We've just put Ruckus kit in after purposefully steering clear of wireless previously and both the coverage and speed of the kit is exceptional. Just a shame my boss had me crawling in the roof spaces to install the AP's.
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