added more memory and CPU resources to our ZoneDirector and
Access Point product
lines, the earlier and less capable products are gradually
Recent End of Life announcements have been posted regarding ZD1100
ZoneFlex 7363/7343/7341/7441 and SmartCell 8800 model access
points. These products
will not be available for sale after September 30, 2015. Please see the EoL notices for the
details on firmware and replacement support.
One thing that caught my eye in the EOL notice is that 9.10 is going to be the last firmware for ZD1100. Can you comment on what the remaining roadmap looks like for the 9.10 release?
Namely, DFS is still missing from R500/R600 on 9.10 GA, even though the Class II Permissive Change Request was just filed with the FCC, so presumably enabling DFS is still in the works.
Also, there's no Airtime Fairness or WLAN prioritization for any 802.11ac AP yet. If the ZD1100 goes EOL with no plans to add these capabilities to the firmware, that'd be kind of unfortunate, considering that these feature(s) were on the datasheet for these AP's, and the ZD1200 wasn't available at the time these 802.11ac AP's were introduced.
Does Ruckus (or its resellers) offer any sort of trade-up / upgrade program for new ZD models? I remember something was offered for AP's when the R700 was introduced.
Sorry for the delayed response here. US DFS channels will be enabled for R500 & R600 in the next 9.10 maintenance release (9.10.1) which will be supported on ZD1100.
Airtime Fairness and WLAN Prioritization are due later this year in 10.0 which to your point excludes ZD1100. We will take a look at if these features can be rolled into a later 9.10 maintenance release - it's a very reasonable request but please give us some time to get back on this.
As for controller trade-up programs, please reach out to your local Ruckus Sales contact.
Thanks as always for your input.
And as of ZD 9.12 and SZ 3.1.1 releases, all AP products support DFS.
Sorry this wasn't listed as a feature, but I'll update KBA-4122.
I see the new ZD1200 hasn't been "VIEW Certified" with Spectralink as yet. Are there any plans to get it certified?
The current VIEW certified configuration states that Spectralink handsets work with a Zone Director 1100 running firmware version 126.96.36.199.32. Does the 1200 support that same firmware and should it work identically to the way it would on a 1100 (except for speed/performance, of course).
We're having a new Wi-Fi system installed at our new warehouse and the system needs to work with Spectralink 8440 handsets. I'm hoping that I can use a ZD1200 instead of ZD1100... otherwise I'm going to have to look at Aruba or some other vendor that has had their current offerings certified, which would be a shame, since we've been using Ruckus kit since February 2013 and I'm very happy with it.
Whilst I understand the need to improve products, there should be no need to force older kit off the supported list, purely based on lack of some new feature support? Surely the firmware can be taught to either optionally disable or not use newer features on the new WAPs? 802 stds are backward compatible aren't they? We're currently so disgusted with this that we are looking at replacing the everything on both islands with different and overall cheaper supplier. Which is a shame as everything currently works really well, and we feel that this is purely a marketing strategy to force users into upgrade.
It would be incredibly useful if Ruckus could also put together a single page timeline comparison for all hardware, showing current and projected, and extended support - our fear is this situation will only get repeated another 4 yrs down the line. Currently the information is spread out everywhere. Something like a basic project timeline planner:
ZD 1100 ..........XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.........................................