Best Wireless Access Point for classrooms and events

We were looking for a solution to several classrooms that are completely wireless and needed an access point that could handle the traffic and any interference.   With the growing trend of BYOD, classrooms easily double and triple in their infrastructure demands.

Also knowing that professional access points cost money as compared to home access points and routers;  the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7300 Series wireless access point ranked number one in a majority of tests and was our pick.  Retailing a little over $500, this access point handles dozens of computers and BYOD devices with no problems.

With computers loaded with iTunes, BYOD devices (netbooks, laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, iPads and Android devices),  our IT team could see the need to upgrade to devices that allowed multiple connections to our internal network.

Here’s the access points tested in a test over at TomsHardware   (TomsHardware with Ruckus 7363 – PDF Download)

Apple AirPort Extreme: Dual-band 802.11n, standalone, version 7.5.1
Aruba AP125: Dual-band 802.11n ,with Aruba 3200 controller running ArubaOS (ver.
Cisco Aeronet 3502i: Dual-band 802.11n  with Cisco 4402 controller (ver.
HP E-MSM460: Dual-band 802.11n  standalone running version
Meraki MR24: Dual-band 802.11n  running Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller
Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363: Dual-band 802.11n  with Ruckus ZoneDirector 1106 (version

Ruckus Wireless Youtube Channel – includes real scenarios, reviews from companies such as Oracle and more


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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