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    Ruckus Wireless

    I know they presented at the conference, but I just thought I'd throw in my two cents, as we had a presentation last night, and have put in some of the gear on a two-week evaluation.

    It's fookin fantastic.

    Simple (i mean SIMPLE) config, auto AP detection, the aerials are amazing, the zone director works fast and effectivly and it has all kinds of whizzy features.

    I'm currently playing with meshing and bridging and I've yet to find a problem.

    and the price.....brilliant. half the price of a similar bluesocket or aruba system, and with a far better aerial system.

    I'll post back when we've had class fulls using it, but I forsee no issues.

    Anyone nearby who wants to come have a nose at it, drop me a line.

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    Excellent, glad that your liking it, I am just awaiting the nod from Finance that we have some pennies and then we will be getting it as well, very impressed by the stuff, been talking to them for a while about it now and pointed them here and glad if your enjoying it as I guess you will be looking (fingers crossed for you) at buying it

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    Yeah, I'm poking the bursar with a stick as we speak.

    Just has a class of 32 all on the web of one access point, bliss!

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    Smile Ruckus Wireless

    Hi all

    18th June my school is getting a 7 day trial with Ruckus wireless
    their lending me 4 APs (2 x Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11g and 2x Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11N) and a Ruckus ZoneDirector Controller

    If You want a trial let me know i'll pass on the details

    I'll let you know how i'll get on!

    Steve

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    To be honest, the whole system looks fantastic. The overview of tutorials and demonstration videos on the website are superb.

    Suppose I have a question to ask. The AP's state they support 802.1e (VLAN) switching. Is this applied at "Director" or "AP" level?

    Over summer holidays, my primary task or focus will be installation, configuration of Mcafee NAC. Enforcement via VLAN switching (switch side) to a remediation portal. Problem comes with the route. IT > BACKBONE > ROUTE > BOARDING HOUSE > AP.

    User has a non-compliant machine accessing network through the AP. The only logical route for NAC would to switch the AP to the remediation VLAN. Problem as it turns the whole house off.

    (That is until Mcafee + Windows Server 2008 NAP comes into affect, and the enforcement can be user-sided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Yeah, I'm poking the bursar with a stick as we speak.

    Just has a class of 32 all on the web of one access point, bliss!
    We're getting a Ruckus system installed sometime in the next month. Zone Director + 3 AP's for now. I'm interested how it would go with a complete lab of computers running Bandwidth intensive apps like Autocad? I am also installing a new lab of HP 7800's later this year and thought that wireless might be a better way to go than cabled. Is this a waste of time or not a bad idea?

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    Talking

    Hey all,
    Today Chrismas came very early, just before the end of the day I got a delivery of a Ruckus Demo kit ( the demo kit was ment to be send to the engineer whos ment to come over and show us the demo kit etc but anyhow he send it to me so now I have got it a few days early)

    I got 4 of the Zoneflex N range ones (7942 or the 2942 cant remember which one )and 2 of the G range 2925 and the ZoneDirectorô 1000


    I will let you know how i get on!

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    Good stuff, just planning a demo kit time for us at present, keep us informed

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    @actech: I'd say it'd be possible, but obviously worth testing though.

    that said I'd only wanna try it on a ruckus system, pretty much any other i've tried would have fallen over with what we've been doing with it.

    @ahuxham: i don't really know as far as vlan's go. I could get someone to contact you from if you like. pm me


    General update: Its still awesome.

    We're running a three week enterprise project with the whole of year nine on EeePC's and wireless - thanks to the ruckus gear it no longer fills me with dread

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    Sounds like your giving it a great work out for Mark and crew

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    Talking

    Hey all
    Well Ruckus Wireless where do I start?
    4APs -2x 2942 and 2x 7942 I got it wrong in my earlier post,
    took me about 10min to configure the Network controller,
    then it was acase of install each 4 AP units to a network port and a mains, (We dont have PoE in school - I will soon) took like 5 to 10mins not even that if you not including the unpacking time, running around and getting stopped by staff.

    minor issues with the zoneflex 2942 both kept disconnecting with the network every 10mins they simply needed a firmware update. that was easy too

    signal range was Far better than the D-link wireless survey we had Tempus are saying we need 16 AP with D-link one in each other class room, Ruckus Could easly cover more rooms and still provide a higher signal.

    originally I was looking at 6 AP for the school now im thinking 8 would be the best for a complete site coverage of the school. Could be 9 if the school office wanted cover.

    monday all the staff are coming in with their laptops, the Dynamic pre-shared key should be easy fingers crossed will let you all know monday.


    Night night all

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    Well, I wish I'd heard about this before I'd ordered in and installed all the netgear stuff but for all that it seems to be working ok so far...

    Ah well... next time..

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    what are netgear like? Im being offer that too at the mo half the price of bluesocket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenlong1985 View Post
    what are netgear like? Im being offer that too at the mo half the price of bluesocket?
    At the moment I'm not getting the time to sit down, do the reading, testing and put them through their paces properly but I'll hopefully have had a chance in the next 10 days.

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    You will find the Ruckus to be a cheaper solution by far to the Bluesocket . Its got Bluesocket features for nearer the Netgear price but in most cases people find it less than the Netgear stuff as well! and not just by a couple of quid!

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