we have just about every ruckus product and AP, and of course love them.
We use/manage various Zone Directors as well as vSZ controllers; additionally we have some locations w entirely standalone APs (we don't mix per location). We provide wifi internet to various MDUs as long as > 60 units)
I want to be clear, I’m solely asking about wifi performance/end-user client WiFi experience in this question. (please do *not* factor in AP management , nor interface, nor statistics gathering ability , nor cost)
For an apartment building with let’s say 35x ruckus access points (and for discussion, let’s say all r510 APs). Assume a flat network (just a single ssid, w wpa psk, for clients to access the internet), ie *no* need for special features like bonjour fencing nor .11x auth/zero-it.
Is there any wireless performance benefit to running these 35x APs on a controller (zd/vSZ) vs standalone mode/fw?
Some Controller-only (performance) advantages I’m aware of (please correct if wrong);
1- better client roaming via controller (ie if using .11k / .11r only available w controller).
2- coordinated AP channel changes/selection.
(for those curious, we do have some pretty large installations with Standalone ruk APs (ie 30-80x ruk APs) where we have been very happy being able to configure/update/modify the ap's via tools like RuckConf and ssh scripting. Additionally we are able to gather details data via each AP sysloging to spunk offsite. We also gather detailed SNMP data from each AP.)