New from Ruckus Wireless are the ZoneFlex 7762-AC and the ZoneFlex 7762-S-AC, touted by the company as being “the industry’s first 802.11n outdoor AC-powered Wi-Fi access points (APs) that integrate Ruckus-patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna array technology.”

Both units are priced starting at $2,499, and they come with a one-year warranty.

With AC power support, the 7762-AC can be mounted on street lights, traffic controls, and other street “furniture” to light up outdoor metropolitan and other high-density areas with high-performance Wi-Fi. The 7762-AC also is suited for small-cell wireless backhaul and mobile data offload, and it can be  co-located with small-cell base stations.

"With so much data traffic clogging cellular networks, operators are looking to re-architect by offloading data traffic to Wi-Fi and certain core processing functions to the edge of their mobile networks," comments Rob Mustarde, vice president/Marketing. "While unlicensed Wi-Fi was widely considered unreliable and uncontrollable by carriers, with recent advances in the technology, it is now being embraced by operators worldwide as one of the most economical tools for adding capacity, coverage and performance to support a new class of higher-speed subscribers.

More product details:

>> The ZoneFlex 7762-AC series is a family of two-stream, 3×3, dual-band 802.11n access points capable of delivering up to 12 dBi of signal gain, 15 dB of interference rejection and 600 Mbps of capacity. The hardened, outdoor, AC-powered, 802.11n APs (IP-67 rated) can support as many as 500 clients per AP.

>> The ZoneFlex 7762-AC is available in two models: the 7762-AC, which integrates a 360-degree directional smart antenna array and offers several other features; and the 7762-S-AC, a sectorized-array model that focuses Wi-Fi coverage within 120 degrees beam width.

 The 7762-AC can be deployed stand-alone or centrally managed through the Ruckus ZoneDirector controller or wireless services gateway.

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