Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 7942

ZoneFlex 7942
™
Smart Wi-Fi 802.11n Access Point
The First Centrally Managed 802.11n
Smart Wi-Fi Access Point with Mesh Support
BENEFITS
The Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 7942 is the first centrally-
Breakthrough user performance and density
managed, affordable Wi-Fi access point that unleashes the
Advanced antenna array and precision Quality of Service (QoS) software delivers 20 concurrent voice calls, 100 simultaneous data users or
300 Mbps of capacity per access point.
promise of 802.11n, delivering unparalleled throughput.
Together with the Ruckus ZoneDirector™ central WLAN controller, Ruckus ZoneFlex Access Points (APs) plug-and-play
with minimal operational overhead. Ideal for hotels, schools,
airports and medium-sized businesses with little or no IT
staff and a limited budget, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 is also
perfect for hotspot operators that want to deliver businessclass hotspot services — such as voice over Wi-Fi, IP-based
video or secure enterprise access.
802.11n carries the promise of high data rates and throughput. The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 delivers on this promise by
ensuring that the advanced techniques used in 802.11n, such
as spatial multiplexing, channel bonding and frame aggrega-
Extended coverage means fewer APs
Directional, high-gain antennas dynamically combine to give hotspot
operators and enterprises two- to four-times the coverage over typical
consumer and enterprise APs.
No RF experts required
Smart antenna array eliminates AP placement issues and minimizes
adjacent AP interference while ZoneDirector controls dynamic channel
assignment and power management.
Optimized for voice over Wi-Fi
Specialized antenna design, dynamic signal path selection and precision QoS software optimize delay-sensitive, high-density Voice-overWi-Fi (Vo-Fi) applications. Power Save (UAPSD) maximizes handset
battery life.
tion, are optimized.
Proven video streaming support
The ZoneFlex 7942 implements Ruckus-patented BeamFlex™
smart antenna technology that enables consistent, high per-
Ruckus smart antenna system and video QoS is already proven for real
time IP video streaming applications deployed by over 100 IPTV operators worldwide.
formance, extended coverage and multimedia support as
it automatically tunes itself to adapt to constant changes in
“IT Lite” configuration and management
the environment. This means fewer APs, more satisfied users,
Web-based wizard enables configuration of multiple APs across the
entire WLAN in minutes. Once configured, the WLAN manages itself.
and a cost-effective system that can be installed anywhere
by non-wireless experts.
A web-based wizard allows any computer user to configure ZoneFlex 7942s through the ZoneDirector — creating
a secure and sophisticated WLAN in a matter of minutes.
Smart Mesh Networking streamlines costly and complex
deployment
Integrated Ruckus Smart Mesh Networking technology automates
deployment, and eliminates running Ethernet cables to every Smart Wi-Fi
access point.
Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942s simply plug into any Ethernet network and automatically discover the ZoneDirector. No RF
tuning. No client configuration. A true plug-and-play multimedia WLAN that is ready to use.
Enables business class hotspot services
New revenue opportunities are available for operators such as Voiceover-WLAN services, extended enterprise access, IP video applications
and tiered service classes.
ZoneFlex 7942
802.11n Smart Wi-Fi Access Point
Smart Wi-Fi 802.11n Multimedia Access Point
Best Performance and Cost Effective
Based on the IEEE 802.11n standards, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 supports up to 300Mbps of data capacity. What differentiates the ZoneFlex
7942 is the integration of patented Ruckus BeamFlex Smart antenna
technology that automatically adapts to the RF environment by steering
Wi-Fi signals on the best path, while rejecting interference in real time.
Each Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 comes equipped with a state-of-the-art,
high-gain smart antenna array designed to deliver unsurpassed density
and range. Supporting up to 100 simultaneous data users or 20 concurrent voice calls while its superior coverage reduces the number of APs
required, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 delivers the industry’s the most
cost-effective 802.11n Wi-Fi solution.
Simple Deployment
The self-optimizing Ruckus BeamFlex technology allows the Ruckus
ZoneFlex 7942 to be installed without site survey and RF planning.
Simply plug any Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 into an Ethernet and it automatically discovers the Ruckus ZoneDirector and self-configures.
A patented smart antenna array integrates six high-gain
vertically-polarized and six horizontally-polarized antenna
elements. This enables up to 4096 potential antenna
combinations and up to 9 dBi gain, thereby delivering
unprecedented range extension and signal reliability. The
dual polarized smart antenna increases the effectiveness of
spatial-multiplexing, resulting in higher data rates.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 and ZoneDirector system seamlessly
integrate with existing security systems such as firewalls, intrusion
detection systems and authentication servers including RADIUS and
ActiveDirectory. An internal authentication database lets enterprises
implement user authentication without the expense and complexity
associated with external authentication servers.
Simple Configuration
Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 APs are automatically configured by the Ruckus
ZoneDirector. A network of APs can be centrally configured in a matter
of minutes through the ZoneDirector’s web-based wizard.
Smart Mesh Networking Increases Flexibility, Reduces Costs
Ruckus Smart Mesh Networking enables self-organizing and self-healing
wireless meshing. Smart Mesh Networking eliminates the need to run
Ethernet cabling to every Smart Wi-Fi AP, allowing administrators to simply plug ZoneFlex APs into any power source, then walk away. All configuration and management is delivered through the ZoneDirector Smart
WLAN platform. Leveraging patented Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology
that provides extended range and dynamic signal controls, Smart Mesh
Networking minimizes the inter-nodal hops that can degrade performance, automatically adapts Wi-Fi connections between nodes to
environmental changes, and requires fewer APs to be deployed.
Automatic User Security
Used with the Ruckus ZoneDirector, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7942 provides first-of-its-kind automatic, robust user security enforcement.
Provisioning secure wireless access often involves configuring all the
client devices with a wireless setting such as an SSID and encryption key.
Typically organizations use a single pre-shared key for all employees.
This is a security problem and an ongoing operational headache.
802.11n and BeamFlex :
A Winning Combination
™
A fundamentally new approach to Wi-Fi, 802.11n
exploits advances and new techniques such as
spatial multiplexing, channel bonding and frame
aggregation to deliver higher data rates.
While theoretical data rates of 300 Mbps or
higher are advertised by vendors, actual and
consistent user throughput is an order of
magnitude less. This is because current 802.11n
products don’t make optimal use of these new
techniques. Ruckus BeamFlex makes it happen.
• Dual polarized smart antenna array increases
the effectiveness of spatial multiplexing
• Beamsteering provides active interference
avoidance to ensure spatial multiplexing and
the best possible paths used for spatial streams
• Signal path selection control and interference
mitigation make channel bonding likely
• Optimizing the path to each client, reduces
packet loss and better receive sensitivity
increases effective throughput, enabling more
frames to be aggregated
ZoneFlex 7942
802.11n Smart Wi-Fi Access Point
ZF 7942
ZoneFlex 7942 Smart Wi-Fi access
points can be deployed in standalone
Guest
SSID
mode or can be managed by a
centralized ZoneDirector. ZoneFlex
ZF 7942
Voice
SSID
7942 can also be deployed with Smart
Mesh Networking, eliminating the
need to run Ethernet cables to every
access point.
ZoneDirector
Employee
SSID
Voice
SSID
Employee
SSID
Firewall
ZF 7942
Router
Internet
RADIUS/AD
Ruckus Dynamic PSK™ on the Ruckus ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex
7942 automates this process to assure integrity of the user authentication system. First-time users simply plug their computers into
the LAN and specify a URL that directs them to a captive portal for
a one-time authentication. Upon authentication, the ZoneDirector
automatically configures the user’s system with the designated SSID
and a unique, dynamically-generated encryption key. The key can be
removed automatically upon expiration or manually when the user or
their device is no longer trusted.
Business-Class, Multimedia Hotspots
The ZoneFlex 7942 now lets operators build a new class of hotspots
and offer multimedia hotspot services. Equipped with dual-polarized
directional antenna system, the ZoneFlex 7942 delivers stable connectivity to any Wi-Fi-enabled handheld device and flicker-free support for concurrent video streams and voice over Wi-Fi calls.
ZF 7942
FEATURES
• Integrated smart antenna array with over
4,000 unique patterns designed for tripleplay services
• Automatic interference avoidance, optimized for high density environment
• Two- to four-times extended range/
coverage
• 300 Mbps of data capacity, 80 Mbps
sustainable video throughput
• Four queues per station
• Eight BSSIDs with unique QoS and security
policies
• WEP, WPA-PSK, 802.1X
• Smart Mesh Networking*
Differentiated Services with Multiple SSIDs
• Zero-IT and Dynamic PSK*
Up to eight discrete SSIDs can be configured within each Ruckus
ZoneFlex 7942, each with unique broadcast, QoS, security and
management parameters assigned. This enables hot zone operators to easily offer tiered services to different user or traffic types.
Enterprises can use this features to differentiate guest, contractor
and employee access policies or to segment different traffic types.
• Admission control/load balancing*
Dynamic RF Management
A Ruckus ZoneFlex WLAN is inherently RF-coordinated as BeamFlex
automatically steers Wi-Fi signals toward each receiver and away
from noise in real time. And unlike omni antennas, Ruckus BeamFlex
does not constantly radiate in all directions, thereby minimizing the
chances of adjacent AP interference. As a last resort, the Ruckus
ZoneDirector can dynamically exert control over the RF channel
assignment and transmit power levels on the ZoneFlex APs to further
optimize the RF environment without manual intervention.
• Airtime fairness
• Captive portal and guest accounts*
• RADIUS and Active Directory support*
• Advanced RF management*
• Two 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports
allowing for daisy chaining of APs and connection of local devices
• Power over Ethernet (PoE) for easy
deployment
• Ceiling or wall mountable
• Kensington lock support
• Limited lifetime warranty coverage
*when used with Ruckus ZoneDirector controller
Specifications
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
MANAGEMENT
POWER
CONFIGURATION
• Web user interface, CLI (Telnet),
SSH HTTP/S, SNMP statistics interface. TR-069 through FlexMaster
STATISTICS
• LAN, wireless and associated stations (accessible via Web UI)
AUTO AP SOFTWARE
UPDATES
• FTP or TFTP, remote auto available
• External power adapter
• Input: 110-240V AC
• Output: 12V DC, 1A
• Power over Ethernet Class 0
PHYSICAL SIZE
• 19.43cm (L), 14.43cm (W),
10.16cm (H)
WEIGHT
• 680 grams (1.5 lbs.)
ANTENNA
• Internal software-configurable
antenna array with directional
and omni high-gain elements that
provide up to 4,000 unique antenna
patterns
ETHERNET PORTS
LED DISPLAY
• 2 ports, auto MDX, auto-sensing
10/100/1000 Mbps, RJ-45
WI-FI
STANDARDS
• 802.11b/g/n
SUPPORTED DATA RATES
(Mbps)
• 20MHz: 130, 117, 104, 78, 65, 58.5, 54,
52, 48, 39, 36, 26, 24, 19.5, 18, 13, 12, 11,
9, 6.5, 5.5, 2, 1
RADIO CHAINS
• 3x3
• Power over Ethernet (802.3af)
SPATIAL STREAMS
• 2
• Power/status, Ethernet status, wireless status, wireless network quality
indicator, Director status
CHANNELIZATION
• 20MHz and/or 40MHz
CHANNELS
• US/Canada: 1-11
• Europe (ETSI X30): 1-13
LOCK OPTION
• Integrated Kensington lock
ENVIRONMENTAL
CONDITIONS
• Operating Temperature:
32°F (0°C) - 122°F (50°C) with PoE
32°F (0°C) - 104°F (40°C) with AC
power adapter
• Japan X41: 1-13
AUTO CHANNEL
SELECTION
• Supported
RF POWER OUTPUT
• Max transmit power 25 dBm
• Country-specific power settings are
configurable
• Operating Humidity: 15% - 95%
non-condensing
TRANSMIT POWER
CONTROL
• Supported
BSSID
• Up to eight
PERFORMANCE AND SUPPORTED CONFIGURATIONS
POWER SAVE
• Supported
CONCURRENT STATIONS
• Up to 100
WIRELESS SECURITY
TARGET UDP
THROUGHPUT
• 150-200 Mbps (300 Mbps bursts)
sustainable throughput for a 5,000
sq. foot (460 sq. meter) area
• WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-TKIP, WPA2 AES,
802.11i
SIMULTANEOUS Vo-Fi
CLIENTS
• Up to 20
POWER DRAW
• 12.95W (PoE)
• 12W (12V DC)
• Authentication via 802.1X with the
ZoneDirector, local authentication
database, support for RADIUS and
ActiveDirectory
CERTIFICATIONS
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY OF SERVICE
CLASSES OF SERVICE
• Voice, video, best effort and background
SOFTWARE QUEUES
• Four per station
• U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia,
Chile, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia,
Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore,
Saudi Arabia, Thailand, UAE
• Plenum-rated (UL-2043 in process)
• WEEE/RoHS compliance
802.11e
• Supported
AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC
CLASSIFICATION
• Automatic type of service tagging
for multicast video packets
RATE LIMITING
• Supported
ZoneFlex 7942 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi Access Point
VLAN SUPPORT
• 802.1Q
901-7942-XX01
HEURISTIC
CLASSIFICATION
• Supported
Model
Description
Two-port centrally managed
multimedia AP
Mounting Brackets
DEPLOYMENT
OPTIONS
Product Ordering Information
• Managed by ZoneDirector™
• Individually managed
• Managed by FlexMaster™
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