Ruckus Networks has announced two new multi-gigabit network products to help schools make the transition to digital education. These are the R750 Wi-Fi 6 access point (AP) and the ICX 7150-C10ZP switch.

Ruckus Networks states that by 2022, most primary and secondary schools will be offering half of their lessons digitally. The main focus is on 1-on-1 computing and bring your own device (BYOD), so that Wi-Fi networks can quickly become overloaded. The growth of the IoT sensor network for building management and security also contributes to this.

AP and switch

So there will be a greater demand for Wi-Fi network capacity, and that is what Ruckus Networks is now responding to with the 4×4:4 R750 Wi-Fi 6 AP and the corresponding ICX 7150-C10ZP multi-gigabit switch.

The access point is a dual-band 4×4:4 (5GHz) and 4×4:4 (2.4GHz) device, with built-in IoT beacon that supports Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee. It also supports 2.5 GbE and the new WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard. According to the company, the R750 has been optimised for educational environments with high user density.

The switch is a compact, fanloge 10-port switch with 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 GbE access ports. Four of these are also suitable for PoE. The ports contain the maximum transmission of 90W. Like the other Ruckus ICX switches, the switch can be stacked with other ICX 7150 series switches in a wiring cabinet or spread over several cabinets or classrooms.

Combination

Ruckus combines the devices in a single multi-gigabit network with two other solutions: the SmartZone Network Controller and IoT Controller. With the Network Controller it is possible to manage the APs and switches via a single interface.

The IoT controller is used in conjunction with the Network Controller to perform tasks for the connectivity, device and safety management of non-wifi devices.

Finally, Ruckus announces a partnership with Soter Technologies, which manufactures sensor systems that detect nuisance. With this cooperation, schools can quickly detect undesirable behaviour and thus improve safety in schools.

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