Inside the Interop 2014 Wi-Fi Network [VIDEO]

Wednesday Apr 2nd 2014 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Why is Ruckus only using 5GHz on the show floor and why are there more access points deployed this year than last?

LAS VEGAS. The Interop conference has a new Wi-Fi vendor this year, and the new vendor takes a different approach to delivering wireless connectivity.

Ruckus Wireless is the Wi-Fi vendor for the 2014 event, replacing Xirrus, which had provided Wi-Fi for Interop 2013.

In 2013, Xirrus deployed 26 of its arrays to deliver connectivity. Xirrus also provided multiple security options for attendees, including a BYOD Wi-Fi network secured by EAP-TLS.

In contrast, the Ruckus network leverages a total of 68 access points to cover the entire conference. Ruckus is also not providing any sort of EAP-TLS or even a WPA2-encrypted network. Going a step further, the Ruckus network on the conference exhibit floor only supports the 5 GHz range and does not provide support for attendees with devices limited to the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

In a video interview with EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet, Ruckus Wireless' GT Hill explains why 5 GHz provides a better experience and why more access points are being deployed in 2014 than were deployed in 2013.

Watch the full video interview below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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