ZoneFlex R720 Dual-Band Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Access Point. Power Adapter not included.

Overview:

Organizations must support accelerating demands on their WLAN infrastructure with the rise of Internet of Things (IoT), bandwidth hungry applications and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The need for employees and customers to have the best user experience is driving organizations in every vertical to adopt the best possible network infrastructure. The Ruckus R720 allows all enterprises to deploy an affordable, high performance and highly resilient Wi-Fi network.

The R720 indoor AP is the industry’s highest capacity four-stream 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access point. The R720 delivers reliable connectivity for high-density Wi-Fi environments where noise and interference are a big challenge. With MU-MIMO, the R720 can simultaneously transmit to multiple Wave 2 clients in the widest available channels, drastically improving RF efficiency even for non-Wave 2 clients. In today’s networks, it only takes a few 802.11ac clients to impact overall network performance by overdriving a 1Gbps backhaul network connection. This problem is easily solved by the R720’s 2.5Gbps backhaul connection, eliminating the need for additional cable runs and switch ports.

Large enterprises, office buildings, university campuses, convention centers—these are just some of the environments where high-speed, high-capacity Wi-Fi is critical to productivity, revenue generation, and customer satisfaction.

This high-end 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access point incorporates patented technologies found only in the Ruckus Wi-Fi portfolio.

  • BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology directs each packet over the best performing signal path, extending coverage range and mitigating interference automatically.
  • ChannelFly technology chooses the best channel to give users the highest throughput— delivering up to 50 percent capacity gain over competitive dynamic channel selection approaches.

Whether organizations are deploying ten or ten thousand APs, the R720 is also easy to manage through Ruckus’ appliance, virtual and cloud management options.

Patented BeamFlex+ technology extends signal range, improves stability of client connections The R720 integrates patented software-controlled adaptive antennas that delivers additional signal gain per radio chain. As BeamFlex+ adapts to client locations and antenna polarity, the smart antenna technology optimizes the RF energy toward client on a per packet basis. This allows for substantial performance improvement and a reduction in packet loss from the ability to automatically mitigate interference. BeamFlex+, with PD-MRC or polarization diversity, ensures the R720 listens in all polarizations simultaneously. This results in significant receive signal gain from mobile devices with weak transmitters. Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)

802.11ac MU-MIMO allows the R720 to transmit multiple spatial streams to multiple client devices simultaneously, increasing the total throughput and capacity of the wireless network. The R720 is able to provide up to four clients each their own dedicated fullbandwidth channel using an MU-MIMO technique known as spatial reuse. This capability enables several benefits:

  1. Efficient use of available spectrum effectively multiplies the total capacity of a network, allowing it to meet the increasing data demand driven by the proliferation of mobile Wi-Fi clients and data-hungry applications such as high-definition video streaming.
  2. Additionally, MU-MIMO does not require client devices to time-share connections with other clients on the network as in legacy Wi-Fi, which means each device experiences less wait time and makes the network more responsive overall. Even legacy clients benefit from MU-MIMO on the wireless network, because substantially increased efficiency for MU clients leaves the network with more free time and capacity by supporting multiple users.

Advanced WLAN applications

When used with the Ruckus WLAN management systems, the R720 supports a wide range of value-added applications such as guest networking, Dynamic PSK, hotspot authentication, wireless intrusion prevention and many more. WLANs can also be grouped and shared by specific APs. In a centrally managed configuration, the R720 works with various authentication servers including AD, LDAP, and RADIUS.

Features:

Wireless Features

  • 4-stream 802.11ac Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)
  • Concurrent dual-band (5GHz/2.4GHz) support
  • 80MHz, 80+80MHz and 160MHz channelization; 256-QAM modulation support; 1733 Mbps PHY rates at 5GHz
  • 256-QAM support on 2.4GHz
  • 802.11ac standard Tx Beamforming
  • Backward compatible with legacy 802.11 clients
  • Space Time Block Coding for increased handset performance
  • Improved Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC) for best-in-class receive sensitivity
  • Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) for increased data throughput at all ranges
  • BeamFlex+ (PD-MRC) improves signal reception of mobile devices
  • Integrated smart antenna with many unique patterns for ultra reliability
  • Unmatched Rx sensitivity down to -104 dBm

Interfaces

  • One 2.5Gbps Ethernet port and one 1Gbps Ethernet port
  • Ethernet Port Link Aggregation (LACP)
  • USB port for hosting Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) smart beacons

Power

  • 802.3af/at/bt Power over Ethernet (PoE, PoE+, PoH, UPoE) via the 2.5Gbps Ethernet port.
  • 12V DC input

Power Source 2.4GHz 5GHz 2nd Eth USB 802.3af PoE 1x4 18dBm/chain 1x4 20dBm/chain - - 802.3at PoE+ 4x4 18dBm/chain 4x4 22dBm/chain - - PoH, UPoE, Injector, 12VDC 4x4 23dBm/chain 4x4 22dBm/chain Yes Yes

Software

  • Four software QoS queues per client station
  • Up to 16 BSSIDs per radio with unique QoS and security policies
  • Either standalone or centrally managed
  • Integrated NAT and DHCP support
  • Multicast IP video streaming support
  • WPA-PSK (AES), 802.1X support for RADIUS and AD*
  • SmartMesh Networking*
  • Zero-IT (BYOD) and Dynamic PSK*
  • Admission control/load balancing*
  • Band balancing
  • Captive portal and guest accounts*

Accessories

  • Wall or ceiling mountable with padlock security
  • Built in mounting options for fast and easy deployment

* when used with management.

Benefits:

  • Multi-Gigabit Access Speeds
  • Liberate Wi-Fi Wave 2 performance by connecting to multi-gigabit switches using the onboard 2.5GbE (802.3bz) port
  • Unmatched Performance
  • Mitigate interference and extend coverage with patented BeamFlex+ utilizing over 4,000 directional antenna patterns.
  • Service More Devices
  • Support more devices simultaneously with four MU-MIMO spatial streams while improving nonWave 2 device performance
  • Optimize Throughput
  • Improve performance automatically with ChannelFly and machine learning, which finds less congested WiFi channels with dynamic RF channel selection
  • Universal Aps
  • Connects to Cloud management, on-premise physical/ virtual appliances, and controller-less Ruckus offerings – the R720 work with all available management options
  • Expanding Capabilities
  • Augment AP capabilities through the onboard USB 2.0 port to support additional technologies like BLE
  • More Devices Supported
  • Connects the latest devices with concurrent dual-band radios (2.4GHz / 5GHz) with support for older 2.4GHz only clients
  • Great Applications
  • The R720 is more than just great Wi-Fi with support for onboarding with Cloudpath, locationing with SPoT, analytics with SCI and more

Deployment:

ZoneFlex R720 Specifications Physical Characteristics

Power1

  • DC Input: 12 VDC 2A
  • PoE: 802.3af/at/bt

Physical Size 23 cm (L), 21 cm (W), 6 cm (H)

Weight 1.12 kg (2.5 lb.)

Ethernet Ports

  • One 2.5Gbps Ethernet port and one 1Gbps Ethernet port
  • Power over Ethernet (802.3af/at/bt) with Category 5/5e/6 cable
  • Link Aggregation (LACP)

USB Port

  • USB 2.0
  • Type A connector - ideal for BLE dongles and sensors

Mounting Options

  • Electrical wallbox; Standard US and EU single gang wall jack
  • Optional bracket for offset & wall mount

Environmental Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: -4ºF (-20ºC) - 140ºF (60ºC)
  • Operating Humidity: up to 95% non-condensing

Lock Options

  • Hidden latching mechanism
  • Kensington Lock Hole
  • T-bar Torx
  • Bracket (902-0108-0000) Torx screw & padlock (sold separately)

Power Draw

  • 5.5W (minimum)
  • 11.4W (typical)
  • 12.95W peak with 802.3af
  • 25W peak with 802.3at
  • 35W peak with full power

RF Antenna

  • Adaptive antenna that provides up to 4000+ unique antenna patterns
  • Maximum transmit power (aggregate) is 28dBm for both 2.4 & 5GHz

Physical Antenna Gain 3dB (2.4 and 5GHz)

Beamflex+ SINR Tx Gain2 Up to 6dB

Beamflex+ SINR Rx Gain Up to 3-5dB

Interference Mitigation Up to 15dB

Minimum Rx Sensitivity3 -104dBm Performance and Capacity

PHY Data Rates

  • Up to 800 Mbps (2.4GHz)
  • Up to 1733 Mbps (5GHz)

Concurrent Stations Up to 512

Simultaneous VoIP Clients Up to 60 (802.11e/WMM), 30 per radio Network Architecture IP IPv4, IPv6, dual-stack

VLANs

  • 802.1Q (1 per BSSID or dynamic, per user based on RADIUS)
  • Port-based

802.1x for Wired Ports

  • Authenticator
  • Supplicant

Tunneling L2TP Multimedia and Quality of Service

802.11e/WMM Supported

Software Queues Per WLAN priority (2), Per traffic type (4), per client

Traffic Classification Automatic, heuristics and TOS based or VLAN-defined

Rate Limiting Dynamic per-user or per-WLAN Management

Deployment Options

  • Standalone (individually managed)
  • Centrally managed

Wi-Fi

Standards IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Supported Data Rates

  • 802.11ac: 29.3 Mbps – 1733 Mbps (160MHz4)
  • 802.11n: 6.5 Mbps – 216.7 Mbps(20MHz) 13.5 Mbps – 800 Mbps (40MHz)
  • 802.11a: 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9 and 6 Mbps
  • 802.11b: 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps
  • 802.11 Gbps: 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9 and 6 Mbps

Radio Chains 4x4

Spatial Streams 4

MIMO

  • SU-MIMO — Up to 4 streams
  • MU-MIMO — Up to 3 streams

Channelization 20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz, 80+80MHz and/or 160MHz

Frequency Band

  • IEEE 802.11ac: 5.15 – 5.85 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11a/n: 5.15 – 5.85 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11b: 2.4 – 2.484 GHz

BSSIDs

  • Up to 16 (2.4 GHz)
  • Up to 16 (5 GHz)

Power Save Supported

Certifications*

  • WEEE/RoHS compliance
  • EN 60601-1-2 Medical
  • Wi-Fi Alliance certified
  • UL 2043 plenum rated

Subway and Railroad Certifications

  • EN50121-1 EMC
  • EN50121-4 Immunity
  • IEC 61373 Shock & Vibration

1 Max power varies by country setting, band, and MCS rate
2 BeamFlex+ gains are statistical system-level effects (including TxBF), translated to enhanced SINR here, and based on observations over time in real-world conditions with multiple APs and many clients
3 Rx sensitivity varies by band, channel width, and MCS rate