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All posts concerning the features, configuration and troubleshooting of Ruckus Wi-Fi products

My Ruckus Laboratory – Virtual Network Topology

My Ruckus Laboratory – Virtual Network Topology

This post is part of a series on building my Ruckus home laboratory environment. Previous articles in this series include: Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 1  Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 2 My Ruckus Laboratory – Home Network Architecture & Limitations My Ruckus Laboratory – Physical Network In this post I document the high level network topology inside my Dell R610 server and share some of my thoughts on why…

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Ruckus ICX Switches – Power over Ethernet

Ruckus ICX Switches – Power over Ethernet

In my previous post we covered the configuration of some basic layer 3 services for my Ruckus ICX 7150-C12P which is going into my home laboratory.  But now we actually want to start plugging things in and turning APs ON!  In this post I dig into the details of working with PoE on the ICX Switches. When I started this post I really thought it would be quite trivial, at best a purely supplemental post.  Turns out, I was a…

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My Ruckus Laboratory – Physical Network

My Ruckus Laboratory – Physical Network

This post is part of a series on building my Ruckus home laboratory environment. Previous articles in this series include: Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 1  Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 2 My Ruckus Laboratory – Home Network Architecture & Limitations In this post I discuss the physical network components and the physical / logical connectivity of the laboratory equipment. Physical Network Overview The image below gives you a view…

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My Ruckus Laboratory – Home Network Architecture & Limitations

My Ruckus Laboratory – Home Network Architecture & Limitations

This post is a continuation of the two part series Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget. This post starts with a new series name because from this point on, the topics discussed are more specific to my own laboratory environment.  This post details some of the limitations I have run into when designing my home laboratory, specifically around my Internet service provider and home LAN. The Internet Connection Wrinkle My home-office environment is sadly complicated by my Internet…

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Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 2

Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 2

In the previous post I covered the basic motivation for needing to build a laboratory for working with the growing range of Ruckus Wireless products and touched lightly on the use of NFV in the laboratory as a method of saving money.  In this post I will give a basic overview of the hardware requirements of the laboratory. Laboratory Components The laboratory will consist of the following key entities: Physical network connectivity Virtual Machines x86 Server/s Hypervisor Virtual network connectivity…

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Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 1

Building a Ruckus Home/Office Laboratory on a Budget – Part 1

A Growing Product Portfolio If you work with Ruckus Wireless equipment and have been keeping up with the growth of the company’s product portfolio, you may have realized that they don’t just sell Wi-Fi Access Points and WLAN Controllers anymore.   Several short years ago, you would have been forgiven for having just a ZoneDirector and some Access Points lying around that allowed you to test the latest code release in your environment for any specific bugs pertinent to your customers.  Today,…

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RUCKUS WIRELESS: Zone Director vs. SmartZone WLAN Architecture Review

RUCKUS WIRELESS: Zone Director vs. SmartZone WLAN Architecture Review

Disclaimer: I work for Ruckus Wireless Inc. (Now a Part of Brocade!).  This article is intended to assist any Ruckus Wireless channel partner or customer in selecting the right product.  It is neither intended as a “plug” nor a critique of the products.  It is simply a description of how the products work and what the relative advantages and disadvantages are for each platform.  I hope you find this useful! Introduction Ruckus Wireless’ venerable line of Zone Director WLAN controllers…

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