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