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We've got wireless network consisting of consumer-grade Belkin n APs and would like ...
12th July 2009, 08:37 AM #1
Managed 802.11n - anyone using this yet?
Anyone actually installed a managed 802.11n system?
We've got wireless network consisting of consumer-grade Belkin n APs and would like proper managed wireless solution.
The Network manager wants to install .11g -it seems a bit silly to be installing something we will grow out of in a few years and, in places, could be slower than our exisiting system. We have macbooks, so can start taking advantage of the technology straight away.
Does anyone have experience of n, and/or any idea about the costs (NM claims it's 2-3x more expensive, but I'd like some figures).
If any advertisers/others would like to PM me some indicative figures for comparision for, say, a 8AP system, it would be appreciated.
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12th July 2009, 12:51 PM #2
Just got our Ruckus 802.11n kit consisting of the following:
Ruckus Zone director 1000, supporting up to 6 access points.
2 x Zoneflex 7942 802.11n, 12 element smart antenna access points.
Was a doddle to setup, and is highly recommended.
The hardware itself came in at under £2000, with the options of support taking this over depending on how much you can afford.
Give CP a shout to go though the options, its good kit and highly recommended in the forums.
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CPLTD (12th July 2009), eean (13th July 2009), stevenlong1985 (12th July 2009)
12th July 2009, 01:28 PM #3
12th July 2009, 10:17 PM #4
I am one of the more happier customers as Simon personally used his kit to do our site survey (although we had someone else from his company!). Thankfully we ordered via CP and got the best deal around
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12th July 2009, 11:09 PM #5
Yep Im running Ruckus too all wireless N no problems mate!
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13th July 2009, 12:33 PM #6
our whole wireless network is Ruckus N from NetCtrl.
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13th July 2009, 02:20 PM #7
Thanks guys - I'm starting to love Ruckus, especially the price. By the looks of things they have a buy-one-get-one-free offer on access points (if you buy 10). Hopefully that will be available out here in Malaysia.
A few questions.
How does n cope when there are g clients? Does it get crippled? Will it switch up to full speed when there are no g on that AP?
Load-balancing. I assume it does this! If I've got a class load of laptops within range of, say, 3 APs, will it put some of the clients onto an AP that's further away (but on a different channel)?
I've read up on their website. They mention this directional antenna thing but don't seem to make too many boasts about how well it can handle multiple clients!
13th July 2009, 02:26 PM #8
Originally Posted by eean
It all just works mate! I have a few Wireless G client too, they all work on the same AP or network, no problems, my network never gotten crippled, the beamflex technology is amazing Cisco wants it now, netgear have tried to copy it but is getting sued over it at the moment
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13th July 2009, 02:28 PM #9
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13th July 2009, 02:55 PM #10
What sort of 'real life' throughput are you getting? (IIRC there's a tester within that utility).
Originally Posted by stevenlong1985
And what's the deal with "the software". Do we need that? Is that to be purchased in addtion to the AP controller?
I saw somewhere selling it for us$5000! And read somewhere that it came with the support contract. Does that then include software updates?
13th July 2009, 03:19 PM #11
I get a fantastic throughput although I am not on Wireless N here. The software and hardware is needed to make it run, but believe me, its worth the cost!
13th July 2009, 03:22 PM #12
Isnt that just the Software what is install on the Zone Director? which is pre-install already
16th July 2009, 09:08 PM #13
can I ask some silly questions about this please as I am slightly confused.
Do these access points actually send and recieve data more quickly than other access points, I saw on another thread that a user had 57 clients on one access point without any hassles but how much bandwidth would each client be given ?.
If I wanted to have 120 laptops being used in a sports hall and have each client givin a minimium of 2MB of bandwidth without channel interference would this be possible if my laptop clients only supported 11g. I have it worked out that I would need 13-14 access points to give 2 MB each,
54MB really only gives around 18MB so atleat 13 access points are needed, now if you use 11a or 11n 5ghz then its easy but how would this ruckus system match the performance of a 11a 5ghz setup in a situation like this.
I know it might seem unfair to compare a 11a setup with a 11g setup but I want to try to understand how a managed system can guarantee bandwidth with lots of clients without using 5ghz networks.
16th July 2009, 09:36 PM #14
We have a couple of the Dual Channel N ZoneFlex 7962 two of these will do 120 laptops.
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16th July 2009, 09:37 PM #15
glad your seeing the benefit fella,
Originally Posted by Tallwood_6
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