Any reason I shouldn't buy the ZoneFlex 7982 as a component in my network driven by ZD1200

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Hi there.  Upgrading network and adding Ruckus switch and ZD1200.  For my main APs I have settled on ZoneFlex R720s (I think).  For individual rooms out of coverage I was looking for a good cheaper option.  Any reason I shouldn't buy the ZoneFlex 7982?  I know they are older, but they look well specified and there are still new ones dirt cheap on eBay.  They also look like they are designed to sit on desks which makes them more convenient.  I know they are old, but still seem to be supported by Ruckus and compatible with the ZD.
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Just read a little more.  Would I be better advised to get a Wave 2 device such as the 510 for my cheaper APs?  (I'm going for fivee 720s and three cheaper ones).  I have a fairly cheap source for the 720s and can stick to same type throughout if there is any advantage?  I did like the 7982 as it seemed to be designed to sit on a desk, but I'm sure a 510 or 720 would do just as well on a desk.  Thoughts please? 
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All non-wall-mount APs sit nicely on a desk.
The 7982 is quite large - same ballpark size as the R720 (but less ugly) - and way too old to mix with R720s. If you're using wired ethernet to the APs in the individual rooms then R320 is nice and small. R510 is also not too huge. If you don't need tons of range then wall mounted H510 or H320 look ok and are easy to install if you have existing ethernet wall-plates.
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Also, are you sure you need the ZD1200? I don't have an ICX switch, but I was under the impression these worked just fine with Unleashed.
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Hi Anthony.  Thanks for the advice.  I was advised on another forum that this would help resolve the issues I have with poor roaming and my network dropping certain clients from time to time.  In any event, I already have the switch and ZD on order and now I'm down to AP selection. 
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I don't have any R720s at home, but I chucked a few other models on my desk so you can see what they look like. They all have rubber feet, so they sit nicely on a desk.

The AP with sockets sticking out is an M510 but I included it because it's roughly R510 size.
The 7982 is roughly R720 size.

The R600 is my personal favourite looks- & size- wise (and they cost just about nothing - I just bought a bunch for US$35 2nd hand). It's a shame the newer APs are so much chunkier.

Just as a datapoint... I had lots of dead spots in my large 2 story wooden house, so I replaced three Unifi APs with three Ruckus R600s. The R600 range was so much better than my existing APs that one R600, upside down on top of the insulation inside my ceiling, gives good 5Ghz coverage everywhere indoors and 2.4Ghz coverage halfway up the street. I recently got hold of a cheap ZD1200 and some R610s. Unfortunately there are still very poor quality wifi clients (e.g. my brand new phone with a mediatek chipset) which refuse to roam, and my new-ish HP printer needs its own WLAN with roaming disabled.