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"This solution is easy to use and you need minimal IT experience to work with it.""The mesh technology is the solution's most valuable aspect. Ruckus originally had the patent for it. They might've lost it because I see now that other people are doing it, however, they were the ones who came out with the smart mesh technology first, which is phenomenal.""The most valuable features are the coverage and durability.""Good connection quality.""The most valuable feature is that Ruckus offers better coverage.""The most valuable feature for me is reliability.""The most valuable feature is the coverage, which is exceptional.""Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array."

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"A good management tool that can be managed through the cloud or firewall."

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Cons
"In the next release of this solution, I would like to see a more detailed spectrum analysis.""They have so many products that there are so many different part numbers for the US and other countries. That means it's easy to make a mistake with the licensing. You have to have somebody knowledgeable on the other end with the licensing. If you make one mistake, it can be a $2,000 mistake.""I would like to see better mapping capability because it can be really difficult, especially if you are deploying on a remote island.""Captive portal for guest access on the controller could be enhanced.""Previously, we would need to purchase appliances every time but it caused our data centers to get filled. Ruckus now has cloud-based controllers. They resolved the issue we were having.""Having support available that is more compatible with time zones in the United States would be helpful.""I would like to see newer on-premises controller-type models, similar to the 3000.""Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging."

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"Integrating with the firewall and management console was a little complex."

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"We paid for a three-year contract last year. I am not sure about what we paid. It is certainly less expensive than Meraki.""The price is reasonable.""The reason we picked Ruckus, in addition to our long-standing relationship with Ruckus, is pretty much that the RFS characteristics of it seem to be the best.""We don't pay any licensing fees, we purchase them.""This is a very expensive solution.""The setup that I have at the moment does not require licensing, although I am not sure whether a bigger project will mean that I have to spend more.""Not all of our clients can afford a fully corporate solution like Ruckus. But for many of our clients, pricing is the only factor that prevents them from choosing Ruckus, as we have found Ruckus to be a very suitable and reliable solution for integrating wireless access points to a company's network.""Ubiquiti and Aruba Instant On are good for small businesses in terms of cost than Ruckus Wireless."

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Top Answer: All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
Top Answer: Ruckus Wireless is a valuable solution. It's both scalable and reliable.
Top Answer: We have a yearly license for our multiple mode 200 or 300 Ruckus Wireless systems. It's a good price.
Top Answer: A good management tool that can be managed through the cloud or firewall.
Top Answer: The licensing is on an annual basis and is on the pricey side.
Top Answer: Integrating with the firewall and management console was a little complex.
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Also Known As
SonicWave 200 Series, SonicWave 200 Series Access Points, SonicWave 400 Series, SonicWave 400 Series Access Points
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Overview
The Virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. Made to work seamlessly with the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Wireless LAN Controller (vSZ), the vSZ-D enables secure tunneled WLANs from Ruckus APs while minimizing CAPEX spending and maximizing Wi-Fi deployment flexibility and scale. Operators, ISPs and large enterprises can deploy the vSZ-D in a centralized data center with the vSZ, or at specific venues in a distributed topology.

SonicWall SonicWave series wireless access points (APs) combine high-performance IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology with flexible deployment options. These APs can be managed via the cloud using SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager (WCM) or through SonicWall's industry-leading next-generation firewalls.

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American University of Sharjah, Baruch College, Centro Escolar Liceo Santo Tomšs, Chevalier College, Chico Unified School District, Colegio de Fomento El Prado, Columbia Public Schools, Delta School District, Dordt College, Douglas County School District, Drew University, Armonea, Central Utah Clinic, Grove Hill Medical Center, Inner South Community Health Service, Midwest Surgical, Satilla Regional Medical Center, Lyndoch Living, Polonus, Roaring Fork School District, Sonora State, Vivid, Sydney, Players Club, Sandals, Scandic Hotels, Sheraton LAX, Sunbird
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Comms Service Provider45%
Educational Organization9%
Religious Institution6%
University6%
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Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company16%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
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Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise25%
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Ruckus Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 41 reviews while SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is ranked 21st in Wireless LAN with 1 review. Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.6, while SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SonicWave Access Points writes "A great management option that offers good integration with many capabilities". Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Instant and Dell EMC Ruckus, whereas SonicWall SonicWave Access Points is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Dell EMC Ruckus and Fortinet FortiWLM.

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