Inside the Interop 2014 Wi-Fi Network [VIDEO]

by Sean Michael Kerner

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

This article was originally published on Wednesday Apr 2nd 2014