ZoneFlex™ 2942
ZoneFlex 2942
Smart Wi-Fi 802.11g Multimedia Access Point
The First Centrally Managed,
Multimedia W-Fi Solution for
the Small Business and Hot Zone
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 is the first centrally managed,
multimedia 802.11g Wi-Fi access point that delivers
industrial-strength features and functionality not available
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
in any low-end consumer AP or high-end WLAN system.
Breakthrough user performance and density
Together with the Ruckus ZoneDirector central WLAN
controller, Ruckus ZoneFlex APs plug-and-play with
Advanced antenna array and precision QoS software delivers
20 concurrent voice call, 50 simultaneous data users or 20 Mbps
of sustained video quality throughput per access point
minimum operational overhead. Ideal for hotels, schools,
airports and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) with little
Extended coverage means fewer APs
or no IT staff and a limited budget, the Ruckus ZoneFlex
Directional, high-gain antennas dynamically combined to give
hotspot operators and SMBs two to four times the coverage
over typical consumer and enterprise APs
2942 is also perfect for hot spot operators that want to
deliver business class hot spot services – such as voice over
Wi-Fi, IP-based video or secure enterprise access.
The ZoneFlex 2942 implements Ruckus patented
BeamFlex™ smart antenna technology that enables
consistent, high performance, extended coverage and
Optimized for voice over Wi-Fi
Specialized antenna design, dynamic signal path selection and
precision QoS software optimize delay-sensitive, high-density
Vo-Fi applications. Power Save (UAPSD) maximizes handset
battery life
multimedia support as it automatically tunes itself to adapt
Proven video streaming support
to constant changes in the environment. This means fewer
Ruckus smart antenna system and video QoS already proven for
real time IP video streaming applications deployed by over 100
IPTV operators worldwide
APs, more satisfied users, and a cost effective system that
can be installed anywhere by non-wireless experts.
A Web-based wizard allows any computer user to
“IT lite” configuration and management
Web-based wizard enables configuration of multiple APs
configure ZoneFlex 2942s through the ZoneDirector
across the entire WLAN in minutes. Once configured the
– creating a secure and sophisticated WLAN in a matter
WLAN manages itself
of minutes. Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942s 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 hot spot services
New revenue opportunities for operators such as Voiceover-WLAN services, extended enterprise access, IP video
applications and tiered service classes
Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942
Smart Wi-Fi 802.11g Multimedia Access Point
Introducing the Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 fills the gap between low end, feature-sparse
consumer AP and expensive, complex enterprise-class WLANs. It is the first
truly-affordable, centrally-managed 802.11g multimedia access point specifically designed for hot zone operators and SMBs. Working in concert with the
ZoneDirector system, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 delivers a complete, plugand-play, secure and robust WLAN solution without the cost or complexity of
high-end systems.
High performance and cost effective
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 is built on patented BeamFlex Smart antenna
technology that automatically adapts to the RF environment by steering Wi-Fi
signals on the best path and rejecting interference in real time. Each Ruckus
ZoneFlex 2942 comes equipped with a state-of-the-art, high-gain smart an-
Centralized configuration and
RF management of Zoneflex APs
can be provided through
the ZoneDirector 1000
tenna array designed to deliver unsurpassed density and range. Supporting
up to 50 simultaneous data users or 20 concurrent voice calls while its superior
coverage reduces the number of APs required by a factor of two or more, the
Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 gives hot zone operators and SMBs the most cost-effective multimedia Wi-Fi solution.
IT “lite” deployment
The self-optimizing BeamFlex technology allows the Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942
to be installed without site survey and RF planning. Simply plug any Ruckus
ZoneFlex 2942 into an Ethernet and it automatically discovers the Ruckus
ZoneDirector and self-configures.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 and ZoneDirector system seamlessly integrate
with existing security systems such as firewalls, intrusion detection system and
A state-of-the-art smart antenna array
authentication servers including RADIUS and ActiveDirectory. An internal au-
integrates six high-gain vertically polarized
thentication database allows SMBs to implement user authentication without
and six hortizontally polarized antenna
the expenses and complexity associated with external authentication servers.
elements. This enables up to 4096 potential
antenna combinations and up to 7 dBi gain
Minute configuration
thereby delivering unprecedented range
Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 APs are automatically configured by the Ruckus Zone-
extension and Wi-Fi signal reliability. Expert
Director. A network of APs can be centrally configured in a matter of minutes
control software selects the best antenna
through the ZoneDirector’s web-based wizard.
elements to use at any given moment for any
given packet and any given client based on
Automatic user security
Used with the Ruckus ZoneDirector, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 provides firstof-its-kind automatic, robust user security enforcement . Provisioning secure
wireless access often involves configuring all the client devices with 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 is an ongoing
operational headache.
changing environmental conditions
Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942
Smart Wi-Fi 802.11G Multimedia Access Point
RF Connector
AC power
10/100 Factory
Ethernet reset
802.3 af
Ruckus patent-pending Dynamic PSK on the Ruckus ZoneDirector and
ZoneFlex 2942 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-
• Integrated smart antenna array with 4K unique
patterns designed for triple-play services
• Automatic interference avoidance optimized for
high density environment
time authentication. Upon authentication, the ZoneDirector automatically
• Two to four-times extended range/coverage
configures the user’s system with the designated SSID and a unique,
• 20 Mbps sustainable video throughput
dynamically generated encryption key. The key can be removed automatically
• 4 queues per station
upon expiration or manually when the user or the user’s device is no longer
• 4 BSSIDs with unique QoS and security policies
• WEP, WPA-PSK, 802.1X
Differentiated services with multiple SSIDs
Multiple SSIDs can be configured within each Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 with
unique broadcast, QoS, security and management parameters assigned to
each SSID This enables a hot zone operator to easily offer tiered services
to different user or traffic types. SMBs can utilize this facility to implement
• Zero-IT and Dynamic PSK
(with ZoneDirector)
• Admission control/load balancing
(with ZoneDirector)
• Captive portal and guest accounts
(with ZoneDirector)
unique guest, contractor and employee access policies.
• RADIUS and Active Directory support
(with ZoneDirector)
Dynamic RF management
• Advanced RF management
(with ZoneDirector)
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, BeamFlex does not constantly radiates
in all directions, thereby minimizing the chances of adjacent AP interference.
• Two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports allowing for
daisy chaining of APs and connection of local
As a last resort, the Ruckus ZoneDirector can dynamically exert control over
• Power over Ethernet for easy deployment
the RF channel assignment and transmit power level on the ZoneFlex APs to
• Ceiling or wall mountable with Kensington lock
further optimize the RF environment without manual intervention.
Physical Characteristics
Management (when individually managed)
Web user interface, CLI (Telnet),
SSH HTTP/S, SNMP statistics
LAN, wireless and associated
stations (accessible via Web UI)
Software update
FTP or TFTP, remote auto available
Supported data rates
54,48,36,24,18,12,11,5.5,2,1 Mbps
2 ports, auto MDX, auto-sensing
10/100 Mbps, RJ-45
Power over Ethernet (802.3af)
US/Canada: 1-11
Europe (ETSI X30): 1-13
Japan X41: 1-13
Power/status, Ethernet status,
wireless status, wireless network
quality indicator, Director status
Auto channel selection
RF power output
23 dBm for wireless-B
23 dBm for wireless-G
Country-specific power settings are
Transmit power control
Up to four
Power Save
FCC (U.S.), CE (EU), OFTA (Hong
Kong) Canada, Australia/New
Plenum rating (UL 2043) - in process
WEEE/ROHS compliance
External power adapter
Input: 110-240V AC
Output: 12V DC, 1A
Power over Ethernet
Physical Size
19.43cm (L), 14.43cm (W),
10.16cm (H)
550 grams
Internal software-configurable
antenna array with directional
and omni high-gain elements that
provide up to 4K unique antenna
External RP-SMA connector option
Ethernet Ports
LED display
Lock Option
Integrated Kennsington lock
Performance and Supported Configurations
Concurrent stations
Up to 50
Target UDP throughput
15-20 Mbps (54 Mbps bursts)
sustainable throughout a 5000
square foot (460m2) public area
Simultaneous Vo-Fi clients
Wireless Security
up to 20
Authentication via 802.1X with the
ZoneDirector, local authentication
database, support for RADIUS and
Traffic Management and Quality of Service
Classes of service
Voice, video, best effort and
Software queues
4 per station
Automatic traffic classification
Automatic type of service tagging
for multicast video packets
Rate Limiting
VLAN support
Heuristic classification
Product Ordering information
ZF2942 (US, EU, UK, AU, UN)
2-port centrally managed
multimedia AP
When ordering you must specify the destination region by
indicating -US -EU or -UK following the model number.
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880 W. Maude Avenue. Suite 101
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