I'm working as a Technical Applications Specialist at a Pharma/Biotech company with 10000+ employees.
I'm researching to purchase a high-performance Wireless LAN device. Which one of the following products would you recommend:
Thank you in advance!
You can purchase WiFi access points from any of the above vendors. But it must be a commercial access point as in AP a few connect to the limited devices and a few can connect large devices with a single AP.
It will totally depend on your work environment and access point signals covering the area. In the hall, AP can cover a large area but there is a concrete wall between two rooms or a corridor then it can down the signal to 50 DBM. So, when deciding on a WIFI/AP keep all these things in mind.
If you want high performance and stability, you should definitely go with Ruckus Wireless.
Ruckus Wireless APs have:
- Adaptive antenna technology (called BeamFlex)
This technology analyzes different paths to reach the client and electronically turns itself to a directional antenna, choosing the path that gives the best performance to reach each specific client. If the client is mobile or if the environment changes (such as a warehouse) the selection of paths/direction also changes instantly.
Transmitting in a directional way allows a good Signal-to-Noise Ratio and also causes less interference for other nearby APs outside the path of the directional transmission.
- ChannelFly technology
This technology chooses the best channel based on performance rather than background scanning for noise.
- Polarization Diversity
This technology allows the clients not to lose signal strength when held at different angles (important for mobile devices such as tablets and telephones).
- Better receive sensitivity compared to the competitors
All these features make Ruckus Wireless a better choice than any other competitor (better performance, better coverage area, more stable and surprise-free communication especially in not so easy conditions such as noise, too many clients, too much traffic).
Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a great feature. The dashboard is a simple interface and easy to learn. It features a single pane of glass for all the products you need to manage. Support is always great with Cisco.
The problem was when we had to assign a static IP for security reasons. It was lengthy and complex. Making changes to a WLAN is complicated. If you try to standardize or change your config, it disrupts your switches’ performance. Moreover, the wireless controller is out of date and has some bugs.
Despite being long-time Cisco users, we evaluated the Ruckus Wireless as an alternative in terms of price.
Ruckus Wireless is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. It has awesome features about how their signaling works and devices. The devices are weather-resistant and work well even in harsh conditions. Ruckus mesh technology is their best feature.
Setting up and configuring it was easy. When you want to add an AP, it is a pretty straightforward plug-and-play system. The performance and configuration are very good. The AP is reliable, meaning you can have high-density wireless, scaling up easily. That being said, they could add hardware stratification. The solution is fairly stable and easy to scale.
Regarding the price, Ruckus is more affordable than Meraki.
About the downsides, onboarding BYOD can be cumbersome or downright impossible. Another downside is the support. They take forever to answer back and solve tickets.
Cisco has all the backup and support of a big brand name. We are Cisco users but Ruckus is a great and more affordable alternative to Meraki. Ruckus Wireless is a great WLAN solution, reasonably priced.