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Digital lifestyles sustained through mobile devices and applications, allow everyone to be more connected and productive, but concurrently intensify demands on operators, service providers and enterprises to improve network performance.

Ruckus SmartZone network controllers simplify the complexity of scaling and managing wired switches, and wireless access points through a common interface to support private-cloud network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings in addition to general enterprise networks.

All physical and virtual SmartZone appliances support network configuration, monitoring, provisioning, discovery, planning, troubleshooting, performance management, security and reporting. SmartZone’s single, user-friendly web interface handles network visibility from the wireless edge to the network core and enabled IT administrators to perform day to day management tasks, troubleshoot user connectivity problems and define and monitor user and application policies without requiring advanced network skills and CLI expertise.

Device Management

  • Ruckus Wi-Fi APs supported: R720, R710, R700, R610, R600, R510, R500, R310, H510 H320, C110, E510, T811CM, T710, T710S, T610, T610S, T504
    T310, T301, T300, FZM300, FZP300
  • Ruckus ICX 7000 series switches running FastIron 8.0.80 and above supported; FastIron 80.0.90a required forZero-Touch Provisioning

Device Type Support

• Wi-Fi APs, Switches

Controller Expansion

• Up to 4 controllers in N+1 active-active mode, supporting non-disruptive capacity expansion

Controller Redundancy

• 3+1 distributed data preserving with N+1 redundancy within a cluster

Cluster Redundancy

• Geo-redundancy between clusters; many-to-one cluster support

Data Offload

• Local offload of traffic directly to the Internet

AP • WPA, WPA2-AES, 802.11i, 802.1x/EAP, PSK, WISPr, WEP, MAC Address* • Fast EAP-SIM re-authentication

• EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA, EAP-AKA over WLAN for 802.1x
• Wi-Fi Locations with the SZ AAA-Proxy functionality enabled

User Database • Internal database up to 25,000 users
• External: RADIUS, LDAP, Active Directory

Access Control • L2 (MAC address-based)
• L3/4 (IP and Protocol based)

• L2 client isolation
• Management interface access control

  • Time-based WLANs
  • Device type access policies
  • Two-factor authentication password, SMS

Wireless Intrusion Detection • Rogue AP detection / prevention(WIDS/WIPS) • Evil-twin/AP spoofing detection

• Ad hoc detection

AAA • RADIUS (primary and backup)

Hotspot • WISPr, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, PasspointTM, HotSpot 2.0*

Guest Access • Supported

Captive Portal • Supported

Mesh • Self-healing, Self-forming, Zero-touch provisioning

DHCP Server • Up to 100,000 IP address leases per vSZ-D (in increments of 1,000 IP address leases)

NAT • Up to 2 million sessions flows per vSZ-D (in increments of 100,000 session flows)

Media • 802.11e/WMM, U-APSD, Wi-Fi Calling Prioritization*

mDNS Bonjour Fencing • Supported

WISPr • WISPr authentication, SZ downlink AP Survivability*

Software Queues • Per traffic type (4), per client

SmartCast Traffic • Automatic, heuristics and TOS based or VLAN-defined Classification

Rate Limiting • Supported

WLAN Prioritization • Supported

Client Load Balancing • Automatic

Band Load Balancing • Supported

AP Provisioning • L3 or L2 auto-discovery • Auto-software upgrade

• Automatic channel optimization

Configuration Management

• Secure multi-operator login (RBAC)
• Large scale (bulk) AP management tools
• Switch software and firmware upgrades
• Switch configuration management to be supported

in an upcoming SmartZone release
• Per zone firmware versioning control • Configuration audit trails

  • Alarm and event notification (SNMP V1 / V2 / V3)
  • Event Logging (Syslog)
  • Integrated on-board remote accessible EMS


  • RESTful APIs (JSON)
  • Web-UI
  • CLI

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