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Ruckus Brings Enterprise-Grade Networking To Small Businesses

By - Source: Ruckuss Wireless

Is your business looking for enterprise-grade wireless connectivity but doesn’t want the associated cost and dedicated manpower? Look no further than a new offering by Ruckus Wireless called Xclaim. This new series is controller-free and includes indoor and outdoor Wireless N and Wireless AC access points. Pricing starts at $89.

"Ruckus is widely recognized for delivering carrier-class Wi-Fi performance and reliability to mid-market enterprises and global service providers," said Rob Mustarde, vice president and general manager of the Xclaim product line at Ruckus Wireless. "With Xclaim, we are now extending this same value to the SOHO and 'S' of the SMB market.”

One of the big selling points is the simplicity of getting the Xclaim series up and running. Businesses simply install the access point, plug in an Ethernet cable, and configure the device by using a free Harmony for Xclaim app for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad). Once the access point is set up, the app provides information such as the connected access points, connected clients and more.

There are four models in the Xclaim product suite. For starters, the Xi-1 indoor Wireless N access point provides speeds of up to 300 Mbps on a single band (selectable 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz). This access point can handle up to 100 clients and gets its power from the Ethernet connection. The Xi-2 is also an indoor Wireless N access point, a dual-band solution providing speeds of up to 600 Mbps. This model also handles up to 100 clients and includes a gigabit Ethernet port.

In addition to the Wireless N access points, the company also sells two models for Wireless AC networking. The Xi-3 is an indoor dual-band model that provides speeds of up to 1.167 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. This model includes a gigabit Ethernet port and can handle up to 100 clients.

Finally, there’s the dual-band Xo-1 for outdoor use, providing Wireless AC speeds of up to 1.167 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. This model can also handle up to 100 clients and provides several Ethernet ports and a lock to keep vandals from accessing the hardware.

The four access points are available now in North America. The pricing is $89 for the Xi-1, $149 for the Xi-2, $199 for the Xi-3 and $299 for the Xo-1. The Harmony for Xclaim app for Android requires version 4.1 of Google's operating system or higher, and the iOS version requires version 7 or higher.