Ruckus Wireless today announced a new line of purpose-built metro Wi-Fi devices for service providers, MetroFlex DZ. MetroFlex DZ is a single device that gives subscribers wireless connectivity to outdoor broadband metro networks while simultaneously providing indoor Wi-Fi connectivity to home PCs and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Ruckus Wireless is currently the exclusive or preferred supplier of customer premise metro equipment for a number of municipal Wi-Fi networks across the country, including: Minneapolis (see related release), Mountain View, CA; Portland, OR; Toronto, Waterloo, Ontario; Vail, CO and St. Louis Park, MN.
Until recently, end users were forced to deploy multiple devices in the home -- one to receive Wi-Fi signals from the outdoor nodes and another to provide Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the home. MetroFlex DZ is designed as both an extended range Wi-Fi access point as well as long-range indoor Wi-Fi receiver that works with any standard 802.11 metro network.
Unlike any other product on the market, MetroFlex DZ is specially equipped with patent-pending smart antenna technology that dynamically selects the best sending and receiving antennas for incoming and outgoing Wi-Fi signals. Expert control software integrated into the device picks the best antennas from the available array, thereby avoiding sources of interference and eliminating the need for any sort of manual configuration or tuning by end users.
"Dual-zone support is critical when deploying metro networks on such a large scale," said Travis Carter, VP of technology for US Internet. US Internet was recently awarded the contract to build a citywide Wi-Fi network throughout Minneapolis. "End users want less devices in their home, not more, and those devices must be low cost, high value and simple to use. We've found the Ruckus MetroFlex line perfectly priced and suited to meet these exact criteria."
"Ruckus continues to be an innovator in the growing metro Wi-Fi market, and we are proud to have them as a MetroMesh Solution Partner," said Ron Sege, president and CEO of Tropos Networks.