In a fiercely competitive marketplace, managed service providers (MSP) are looking for new ways to differentiate their services and open new revenue streams. One nascent market is the "mobile-wireless" segment where new opportunities to add branded Wi-Fi to mobile and semi-mobile public access context exist that complement LTE networks. But integrating into existing LTE networks with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot services has not been straightforward.
The Ruckus M510 mobile-wireless access point (AP) is an 802.11ac 2x2:2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi AP designed to leverage LTE networks as a backhaul and connect wirelessly back to any network without the need for an Ethernet cable connection.
Because of the wireless LTE backhaul capability, the M510 addresses multiple deployment scenarios not previously served, including mobile "in-vehicle" Wi-Fi ("mobile AP"), rapid Wi-Fi deployment for pop-up retail or firstresponders and temporary Wi-Fi deployments at a construction site. M510's LTE backhaul can serve as a failover or redundancy for the WAN connectivity. Additionally, the M510 satisfies an operator's requirement to deliver branded Wi-Fi connectivity for mobile outdoor hotspots for transit hubs or isolated public locations where a wired connection is too expensive or impossible.
The M510 AP incorporates patented technologies found only in the Ruckus Wi-Fi portfolio.
- Extended coverage with patented BeamFlex+ utilizing multi-directional antenna patterns.
- Improve throughput with ChannelFly, which dynamically finds less congested Wi-Fi channels to us
Additionally, using the M510's integrated GPS, customers can automatically establish the exact location of each access point on a network or geographic map in real-time-greatly simplifying installation, tracking and maintenance.
Whether operators are deploying ten or ten thousand APs, the M510 is easy to manage through any SmartZone physical or virtual controller. MSPs can leverage the carrier-grade features of SmartZone such as resiliency and geo-redundancy.
ACCESS POINT ANTENNA PATTERN
Ruckus' BeamFlex+ adaptive antennas allow the M510 AP to dynamically choose among a host of antenna patterns (up to 64 possible combinations) in real-time to establish the best possible connection with every device. This leads to:
- Better Wi-Fi coverage
- Reduced RF interference
Traditional omni-directional antennas, found in generic access points, oversaturate the environment by needlessly radiating RF signals in all directions. In contrast, the Ruckus BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna directs the radio signals per-device on a packet by-packet basis to optimize Wi-Fi coverage and capacity in real-time to support high device density environments. BeamFlex+ operates without the need for device feedback and hence can benefit even devices using legacy standards.