Ruckus Wireless have announced a new outdoor access point, which the company claims is the “world’s first and only outdoor dual-band 802.11n with dynamic beam forming.” The ZoneFlex 7762 supports WiFi draft-n along with concurrent dualband 2.4/5GHz and up to sixteen simultaneous SSIDs, inside a heated weatherproof casing.
Dynamic beamforming is a system whereby the realtime feedback systems in the 802.11 protocol are used to automatically direct transmissions to the best performing path on a packet-by-packet basis. According to Ruckus, that means users see between three and four times the improvement in range and performance.
The Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 7762 can be deployed as a single access point or integrated into a mesh network with other products (indoor and outdoor) from the company’s range. It meets IP-65 water and dust resistance and, thanks to the heater, can be used in up to -40 degrees centigrade climates with support for power-over-ethernet (PoE). It will be available in August, priced at $1,999.