Ruckus Wireless has introduced outdoor versions of its beamforming Wi-Fi router, designed to create reliable Wi-Fi LANs that cover entire school or corporate campuses, or multiple-dwelling units (MDUs).

The new Ruckus router creates dual-band 802.11n and single-band 802.11g Wi-Fi access points with dynamic beamforming to overcome hindrances in outdoor Wi-Fi deployments, including interference and physical obstructions such as foliage.

The company says its new router provides Wi-Fi coverage at a lower cost than competitive outdoor 802.11a/b/g products, and with a two- to four-fold increase in signal range and reliability.

Service providers and business customers can use the router not only to create wireless LANs, but also to provide cellular backhaul for 3G cellular networks.

Ruckus Wireless’ dynamic beamforming is a means to automatically direct transmissions to the best performing signal path on a per-packet basis using real-time feedback mechanisms inherent in the 802.11 protocol.

The company’s new ZoneFlex 7762 is a centrally managed, concurrent dual-band 802.11n outdoor access point capable of sustaining performance up to 150 Mbps over 1000 feet (300 meters) between meshed nodes, and up to 50 Mbps to client devices over 500 feet (150 meters), according to the company.

The ZoneFlex 2741, a centrally managed 802.11g outdoor access point, is capable of sustaining performance up to 30 Mbps over 1000 feet (300 meters) between mesh nodes, and up to 25 Mbps over 500 feet (150 meters) to client devices.

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