Sorry to disagree with the first part of your post but we use Ruckus dual band outdoor radios on a campus wide hotspot. Upgraded from a MT 802.11b/g network the results were impressive. Far better range, roaming works well and good penetration into (wooden construction) houses and a lot of happier customers.
Ruckus is also used in a local city hotspot deployment where I have been driven around the town while streaming video to my laptop - pretty impressive roaming thanks to dynamic beamforming.
Ruckus own a lot of patents in this area and I suspect this might deter companies such as Ubiquiti and MT from following suit.
hmm, maybe we should have a private discussion on this. I've had for a month or so 2 a set of three of their ZF7762 units in a mesh (which builds very easy with their controller and UI, best seen on the market so far), but the wireless was poor. I've had one of their dealer appointed technicians look at my setup and off course I'm not that stupid in wireless myself. I also followed Ruckus techwise course etc. (I'm actually approved partner of Ruckus)
But in the end I had better results with my own MT AP in normal 802.11b/g mode on a 8dBi omni antenna.
Just 50-60 meters away in full line of sight the 2 different laptops I tried just lost contact.... and I had to walk at least 20 meters back to get them connected again..... At same distance I had no issue connecting them to my omni....
And the mesh.... well, 300 meters apart in full LOS they have very poor connection. I could hardly run some megs over the link. And councelled their tech dept. they told me that reach was to be expected at only 150mtr. for these units anyway.....
In my home I still have a zd1000 with one ZF7363a/b/g/n and two ZF2942 B/G units and that works fine. But still very occasionally my laptop can't connect when it sits beside the laptop of my wife. I need to reset the adapter to connect to Ruckus again.
To be honest, I went to one of their 'big dog' events and I needed one of their technicians to get my laptop connected to their network in the congress hall. It took him several attempt before my very ordinary Samsung 'n' laptop was enabled to log-in to their local setup wifi network. A very disturbing sign on the wall for me at the time. (I was than still very enthusiast at their product line....)
The theory on their technology is absolute bashing, if MT could only take some notice of it and try to invents some similar it would make them a forerunner in this market. But as usual probably their biggest competitor in their market will come up with new wifi options before MT.
Look at mimo, tdma, antenna synch etc. MT is late, and their first attempts were more a disaster than a real step forward.
Since we are floating off topic for this forum now, contact me directly on my e-mail address, we can discuss experiences with Ruckus a bit deeper.
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Rudy R. Puister
WISP operator based on MT routerboard & ROS.