Ruckus Wireless has launched a Wi-Fi wall switch designed to enable businesses to expand Wi-Fi networks in a simpler and more discreet way.
The ZoneFlex 7025 allows the integration of high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi technology with wired Ethernet ports into a wall socket that can fit into any standard US or European Union electrical junction box.
Ruckus explained that the switch is specifically aimed at the hotel market where the demand for discreet but widespread Wi-Fi points is growing rapidly, but that businesses and schools may have similar needs.
"There is a huge demand for tools that can expand Wi-Fi networks while removing the issue of affecting building infrastructures," said Ruckus vice president of marketing David Callisch.
"The wall switch enables firms to do this by installing each room with an individual switch as an integrated access point in a wall outlet, removing the need to install more wires and improving the coverage in each location."
Callisch claimed that the switches are the first of their kind to support 802.11n access, and said that the rise in IP technology in areas such as voice, data and video had driven demand for secure and continuous Wi-Fi coverage.
As part of the launch, Ruckus has also added two Power over Ethernet switches, the ZoneSwitch 4224 and 4124, to complement the wall switch by enabling security, management features and ports for relaying fibre transceivers to facilitate simple network uplinks.
The ZoneFlex 7025 will be available from the fourth quarter and will retail for $249 (£167). The ZoneSwitch 4224 and 4124 will be available in the third quarter, priced at $1,999 (£1,343) and $1,399 (£940) respectively.
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