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Industry’s First Independent Wi-Fi Interference and Capacity Testing by Tom’s Hardware Reveals Ruckus Consistently Outperforms Others

SUNNYVALE, Calif. July 18, 2011 Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Aruba

According to Tom’s Hardware, the wireless LAN testing was developed to determine how advanced Wi-Fi capabilities affect real-world wireless performance at different distances and within high-density environments when wireless interference is introduced. In nearly every Wi-Fi test, Ruckus delivered demonstrably faster and more consistent performance over competitive products. Ruckus did not pay for the Tom’s Hardware testing or influence the results.

Chris Angelini

The Tom’s Hardware Wi-Fi testing is the first exhaustive industry evaluation of the impact of RF interference and high client capacities on new leading 802.11n products.

Steve Martin

Because many enterprises cannot perform comprehensive wireless testing, they are forced to compare Wi-Fi systems at close range under ideal conditions that don’t typically reflect the challenging environments within which the products will actually be used. Subsequently, after spending time and money deploying Wi-Fi, they find little difference between wireless products and after deployment begin to see performance and coverage problems that become difficult and costly to repair.

Test Methodology and Tools

For the comparative WLAN interference and capacity testing, Tom’s Hardware reviewed the following wireless devices and related software under their default configurations:


Cisco Aeronet 3502i


Meraki MR24

Apple AirPort Extreme

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363

Non-802.11 interference in the 2.4 GHz band was generated using an interference generator.  In the 5 GHz band, 802.11n co-channel interference was introduced using 60 laptops contending for access to the same channel as the device under test.

Tom’s Hardware testing was conducted in 20,000 square feet of office space surrounded by glass, metal, drywall and numerous obstacles.

Tom’s multi-client testing included measuring the aggregate throughput of leading Wi-Fi systems when 60 high-performance laptops simultaneously streamed volumes of data, as well as each system’s implementation of airtime fairness, when these laptops were used in combination with iPad tablets.

For the testing, Tom’s Hardware used the industry-standard IxChariot test tool to simulate typical TCP data traffic. A server running IxChariot (version 7.10) software generated upstream and downstream data and reported the results to the console while each wireless client ran an IxChariot endpoint. The IxChariot traffic profile used for the testing was the WLAN High Throughput TCP Test using a continuous 1MB file transfer. For the single client performance tests a Dell Latitude E6410 equipped with a three-stream capable 802.11n was used.  For the multi-client performance tests 60 Dell Vostro laptops were used.  

Over the course of the testing, more than 300 individual test runs were performed. Each single client wireless test was run four times with the laptop turned 90 degrees for each instance. Throughput results represent an average of these four test runs per client.

Highlights of Tom’s Hardware Competitive Wireless LAN Testing

Except for close range single-client testing at 10 feet, the mid-range Ruckus 7363 (2×2:2) consistently outperformed higher end competitive products in virtually all test runs.  

High Density Client Capacity Wireless Testing



And in high-capacity bidirectional testing, the ZoneFlex 7363 delivered 104 Mbps of aggregate throughput compared to the nearest competitor, the HP E-MSM460, which posted 85 Mbps of throughput.  Aruba (83 Mbps) and Cisco (54 Mbps) delivered much slower speeds while the Meraki and Apple APs were unable to complete the testing.

Single Client Interference Testing


According to Tom’s Hardware: "Ruckus puts forth the best effort in the largest number of tests, but it does so with a mere 2×2:2 design through engineering and deep attention to the factors necessary to provide a high-quality wireless experience in increasingly hostile RF conditions."

Tuesday, July 26th 10 a.m. PDT

About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

$51 million Sutter Hill Selina Lo

David Callisch

[email protected]

SOURCE Ruckus Wireless

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