Ruckus Test Results - Is this right?
We have 2 Ruckus APs + 1 AP controller on trial. One is a/g/n the other is g/n. We're using Macbooks which are all a/g/n. Encryption: WPA-PSK.
I was very excited about Ruckus, and after by test results I'm feeling less excited.
Question 1. What is the SpeedFlex test actually reporting?
I've been comparing results from SpeedFlex with iPerf. iPerf is a simple program - it runs on the server and on the client then fires a load of data between the two and times how long it takes (it doesn't write data to the HD).
I realise that it not an exact comparison: iPerf is testing the whole route between the client and the server whereas SpeedFlex is just testing the speed between the AP and the Client.
Speed between AP and Controller - Speedflex: 91.3mbps iPerf: 74.9mbps.
So the uplink to the server is not brilliant, but not the limiting factor when you look at the results.
With an a/g/n access point and the client (on a/n) in the classroom - SpeedFlex: 80, iPerf: 31.2
With an g/n access point and the client (on g/n) next door - Speedflex: 56.2 iperf: 23
With an a/g/n access point and the client (on g/n) next door - Speedflex: 56.2 iperf: 23
With an a/g/n access point and the client (on g/n) next door - 8 other users - Speedflex 48mbps iperf: 1.8-3.41 (OK there was obviously some data transfer going on by the other clients - but it was only web and we've only got a 4meg line!)
I know that there is overhead with the encryption, but I was expecting better 'real life' throughput from n than that. The best I got was 31.2. I can get better out of a consumer grade Belkin (35). People on the web say you can get 80mbps real life speed out of n.
Question 2. Shouldn't proper n use both the 5ghz and the 2.4ghz frequency if it can?
The dual band access point balances the clients between a/n and g/n implying that it's one or the other, not both. I thought n used both simultaneously?
Question 3. Shouldn't the AP controller sort out which AP is on which channel?
We had it set to auto but it put two APs which were in neighbouring rooms on channel 1. I had to move it to channel 6 manually.
Question 4. How long does it take to move the clients over to a better AP.
It had clients balanced between a AP downstairs and one next door. We unplugged the one downstairs and the clients all switched to the one next door - they didn't even notice!
However, when we put the AP in the same room it took a good 5 minutes (after it'd booted up) before even one client connected to it.
Question 5. Why is there an 'unknown' SSID attached to one AP?
We only have one SSID set up. However, using inSSIDer I noticed that one AP had two SSIDs -ours and another called 'unknown'. It was definitely Ruckus and it reported the same or slightly lower signal on the same channel.
Any Ruckus experts or real life users able to shed light on any of these would be much appreciated. I want to be sure that this is the best system that we can afford rather than one that we buy on the basis that other people say 'yeh, it's good'. TBH I wasn't wowed!