Ruckus Radio Access Controller

Ruckus Radio Access Controller

Appliance and Virtual Controllers for Service Provider Wi-Fi


Ruckus ZoneDirector Controllers make it simple to set up and manage the network, enhance security, minimize troubleshooting, and make upgrades easy. Ruckus controllers feature a highly-intuitive Web user interface to make configuration and administration of the entire WLAN a breeze. It delivers wireless LAN features not found in any other centrally-managed systems. Capabilities like:

  • Adaptive wireless meshing
  • Sophisticated user access controls
  • Automatic traffic redirection
  • Integrated Wi-Fi client performance tools
  • Elegant and simple guest networking functions
  • Rogue AP detection and advanced Wi-Fi security features
  • Flexible WLAN groups
  • Extensive authentication support
  • Robust network management


SmartZone wireless LAN controllers simplify network set-up and management, enhance security, minimize troubleshooting and ease upgrades. Built on a common operating system, SmartZone controllers are available in both appliance and virtual appliance form. Use SmartZone WLAN controllers to:

  • Overcome scale limitations associated with single, centrally managed WLANs, with support for physical or virtual deployments of up to 30,000 APs and 300,000 clients
  • Deploy virtual appliances without compromising the scalability, redundancy or performance associated with their physical counterparts
  • Avoid the unused controller capacity and wasted CAPEX often associated with redundant standby schemes
  • Eliminate the need for separate mobility controllers or DHCP servers
  • Reduce the risk associated with shared compute and storage by supporting containerized, multi-tenant domains
  • Visually troubleshoot and quickly pinpoint client connection issues
  • Easily deliver all client, AP, WLAN and controller statistics and key performance indicators to third party analytics platforms

Radio Network Products

When connectivity really matters, organizations turn to Ruckus, offering indoor and outdoor wireless access point to fit just about any budget, performance requirement or deployment scenario. Whether challenged with high client density, Wi-Fi-unfriendly building materials or just rising employee or customer expectations, these access points provide secure, reliable access no matter how tough the environment. Every Ruckus AP, from the humblest to the boldest, is packed with patented technologies that go beyond the everyday to ensure simply better connections and awesome user experiences.

Best of Breed Solutions

ARRIS has selected best-of-class vendors, like Ruckus, and pre-integrated their products with our own control systems to provide a best-of-breed service-provider class Wi-Fi solution. We leverage each partner’s competence and we complement that with ARRIS’s extensive integration and deployment experience and expertise. ARRIS has designed and installed thousands of businesses, community Wi-Fi, and venue hotspots for major Service Providers around the world.


Note: specifications are subject to change without notice.

 Controller HardwareVirtual Controller
Model ZoneDirector 1200 SmartZone 100 SmartZone 300 Virtual SmartZone-H
Number of APs supported Up to 75 Up to 1,024, 3,000 w/cluster 10,000 or 30,000 w/cluster 10,000 or 30,000 w/cluster
Clients Up to 2,000 25,000 or 60,000 w/cluster 100,000 or 300,000 w/cluster 100,000 or 300,000 w/cluster
Ports 2ea 1GbE and a Console RJ-45 1GE Model: 4ea GbE and 10GE Model: 2ea 10GbE and 4ea 1GbE 6ea 1Gbps, 4ea 10GbE (SFP+), 2ea Console RJ45, 4ea USB 1 or 3 vNIC
Guest networking/captive portal Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes
DHCP Server Check - Yes External or Assigned External or Assigned External or Assigned
AP discovery and control L2/L3 L2/L3 L2/L3 L2/L3
SSID/WLAN support 256 2,048 6,144 6,000
Dynamic VLAN support Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes
Tunnelling or local breakout Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes Check - Yes
Power supply External AC adapter AC AC or DC dual redundant (hot swappable) n/a
Documents Data Sheet Data Sheet Data Sheet Data Sheet

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