Ruckus Wireless Continues Wi-Fi Innovation Introducing Higher Capacity 802.11n Access Points and a Raft of New Patents

May 4, 2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless(TM) today announced that it has further extended Wi-Fi technology by expanding the capacity of its Wi-Fi access points to industry-leading levels. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi 802.11n APs will be capable of supporting up to 512 concurrent client connections – an important innovation as new Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices flood the enterprise and carrier markets.

In addition, Ruckus said that in the first three months of this year it was awarded five new patents by the United States Patent Offices (USPTO) that cover various Wi-Fi innovations, bringing the total number of patents granted to 27. Ruckus currently has over 30 additional patents pending.

“The dynamics of the Wi-Fi market is changing at lightning speed due to more sophisticated applications, users, and devices swarming wireless networks,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “The mobile Internet phenomenon is having a dramatic impact on both enterprise and carrier infrastructures; Wi-Fi must be more robust and reliable, hence our laser focus towards new 802.11n developments. Ruckus is the only pure-play wireless company that is taking Wi-Fi where it’s never been before and to where it needs to go.”

IDC forecasts that over 50 million tablet devices, like Apple’s iPad2, will ship this year. Different from conventional laptops, these devices aren’t equipped with wired network connections – relying on wireless connectivity to connect users to the Internet and networked applications. The astounding increase of these Wi-Fi-enabled devices is placing heavy strains on corporate and carrier networks to support many more users and much higher levels of data traffic.

To help fix this problem, Ruckus has made system and software optimizations to its family of 802.11n access points to support a large number of simultaneous client connections, up to 256 client connections per radio. While dependent on environmental conditions, these advances, when combined with other innovations such as adaptive antenna technology, band steering, airtime fairness, and dynamic client load balancing, represent a major leap forward in Wi-Fi technology. This gives companies the confidence to service a large number of simultaneous Wi-Fi users, mobile or stationary, with the fewest number of access points.

Unlike conventional Wi-Fi technology, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi delivers higher capacity and more reliable Wi-Fi connections to client devices through patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology. Completely compliant with IEEE 802.11 standards, Ruckus’ BeamFlex optimizes RF signal paths in real-time to increase signal strength and dramatically improve overall capacity. It is also the only technology capable of actively mitigating and rejecting RF interference to provide more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity. Consequently, carriers and enterprises have the option to optimize their networks for either coverage or high capacity by deploying as few or as many Ruckus APs as desired to meet their goals.

Ruckus patents provide for full protection of its Smart Wi-Fi innovations. The newest patents awarded to Ruckus founders Bill Kish and Victor Shtrom, and engineers Darin Milton and Bernard Baron, cover innovations in the areas of intelligent antenna arrays, smart antennas with polarization diversity, best path signal controls, and patterns for shaping RF emissions.

About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile Internetworking market. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises around the world. Ranked as the top telecom company in the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list and named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Ruckus Wireless has realized dramatic growth. Since 2006, revenue has grown by over 1000 percent. Ruckus invented, and has patented, innovative state-of-the-art wireless technology that steers signals around obstacles and interference. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. The company has shipped over 2 million Smart Wi-Fi systems around the world and has raised $51 million in funding from premier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill, Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus Ventures and Firelake Capital. The company is led by Ms. Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer. For more information, visit Ruckus Wireless at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

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