CPLTD (24th March 2010)
We've just deployed Ruckus (having looked at all sorts of options available to us, including Meru, Extricom, Netgear) into our PE department purely for wireless registration.
Having done the various tests, we found that Ruckus provided significantly better signal strength and coverage than the others we trialled, whilst also requiring fewer access points. Where the alternative manufacturers were specifiying 10+ access points to cover our PE area, we found that Ruckus could easily do it with no more (and we suspect we'll actually only put in 4 of the 6 we've bought). As a result of the fewer AP's required, it drives the cost down as well. Ruckus was significantly cheaper than the alternatives we looked at.
Do take Simon up on his offer though for the demo kit, it really opened our eyes to how easy Ruckus is to install and manage. By far the easiest solution I've ever seen or used.
If you want to contact me, I'm more than happy to provide you with my details and you can see it in 'anger' if you like.
As a side note, I purchased our's from CPLTD and I'm glad I did because the two occasions I've needed help. They were resolved immediately!! And it was not a problem with the Ruckus, just my stupidity!
You won't regret it, honestly!
One of the reasons for going with Meru was their brilliant EzRF Appliance which allows you to rewind the clock for example, teachers are brilliant at coming to see you two or three days after they have had a problem but when you go to check it out its all working fine, this system allows the teacher to come and see me and tell me that she had a problem with a number of clients accessing the wireless network last Wednesday at 2pm then I can access the EzRF appliance a drill down to the particular access point or client computer at the given time and give a correct answer why she may have had a problem e.g. there was lots of interference, or the laptop has a hardware fault. I don't believe that ruckus offers this feature?
another one for Ruckus mate - we have 28 AP's here all jobs a good-un
CPLTD (25th March 2010)
PM sent, Bluetooth ;o)
I really hope you have just not broken the AUP.
It's hammer time!
I would recommend Ruckus also, we have it hear and it is outstanding and very cost effective aswell. I am not knocking any other solutions but for schools/education with the way budgets are at the moment and how great the solution is ruckus ticks all the boxes.
Feel free to drop me a PM if you have any questions, I am very happy with our deployment as are many other members on here.
@DB - Thanks
MarkPower (6th April 2010)
In all fairness, not sure if you want to block me in this instance...Considering sponsorship for Edugeek...but as Cisco already has ads here and when everyone keeps talking about Meru, Ruckus [excuse me. but I haven't heard of] when their company is Meru, etc...hmmm...then not much luck for my sponsorship, is it?!
I'm just an IT and gamer geek working for years with Cisco...can't and don't want to get out of it...i rather wish to engage in explanation about how Cisco actually works but i'd be banned straight away...[!!!]
Yes, as a sponsor you cannot advertise, sell, promote any products/services your company deals with so supppose that makes things difficault for yourself.
Suprised you have not heard of Ruckus/Meru though, might be worth looking at to see what it is they do also.
The reason Ruckus is popular in education is down to the cost of the kit it is very edu friendly and it works very very well!
Thank you for the explanation, James. I really appreciate it.
I have heard about Meru, just wanted to clarify - apparently it uses only channel 6 [instead of bleeding 1, 6, 11] which I cannot understand can work efficiently [?!] Maybe thinks have changed in the past couple of years. Also I think Aruba is good too but again not sure about the cost.
Search the forum for my report on wireless. Thorough but dumbed down for my governors. So far I have had 3 schools look at the system at my school, an took my report to their governors, so far 2 of them purchased it and the 3rd is waiting for budget to come through I believe.
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