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Wireless Networks Thread, Ruckus AP Ethernet Ports in Technical; My Ruckus APs have 2 ethernet ports on them - I've always assumed that these formed a switch and that ...
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    Ruckus AP Ethernet Ports

    My Ruckus APs have 2 ethernet ports on them - I've always assumed that these formed a switch and that I could connect one port to the wall socket and use the other to connect to a class PC - I'm a right or have I made a bad assumption????

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    One is a POE port. They are not an inbuilt switch.

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    Oh dear - I'd better be checking to see if I haven't abused any of mine then!

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    They are usable network connections aren't they? My understanding was that they were designed to have a wired device attached to the extra ports? Seems the case on my 7343's. You can assign vlans and the like.

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    Its been a while since I used Ruckus but you use to be able to daisy chain them, so in theory if you coudl daisy chain two points you could surely daisy chain a PC.

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    Just had another look into this...
    The 7300 series are sold with the fact that you can connect a wired pc and as they suggest a voip phone connected to these ports. Each with a different vlan if required.

    Is the suggestions that they are more like L3 hubs rather than switches?
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    I think I'll ask one of our contacts to answer this for us. I stand to be corrected, but it does seem a very unusual feature if it is the case.

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    Yes you would be correct.

    The spare ports are for extending your Ethernet. I see deployments where they are used for mesh and then a switch of the back of the AP. However you can plug whatever, printer, pc etc into a Root AP as well.

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    You can also set the ports as access ports or trunk ports into separate VLANs..Or just disable them for security.

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    Phew

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    We have limited network points around school, so this feature has been a god send for me being able to put APs into classrooms with only one network point and still have the computer connected. We also have a copier connected. There's no apparent speed loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartWhite View Post
    Yes you would be correct.

    The spare ports are for extending your Ethernet. I see deployments where they are used for mesh and then a switch of the back of the AP. However you can plug whatever, printer, pc etc into a Root AP as well.
    I've done this at one of my sites as a workaround before I run the cable - it's great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    We have limited network points around school, so this feature has been a god send for me being able to put APs into classrooms with only one network point and still have the computer connected. We also have a copier connected. There's no apparent speed loss.
    It does work rather well at limiting the need for additional wired points, especially for connecting printers and preventing the need to add WiFi connectivity to classroom/teacher desktops. Only thing to be aware of is that this feature is not present on the entry level 7341 access point (last number on AP model numbers indicates port numbers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    It does work rather well at limiting the need for additional wired points, especially for connecting printers and preventing the need to add WiFi connectivity to classroom/teacher desktops. Only thing to be aware of is that this feature is not present on the entry level 7341 access point (last number on AP model numbers indicates port numbers).
    Good to know, we have the 7343s with PoE.

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    Just an extra bit of info for you - the 2 additional ports are fast ethernet only (which usually isn't an issue but worth knowing)

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