Cutting-Edge Technology Required To Meet Demands

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Switching Your Network Up a Gear: Part 2, Cutting-Edge Technology Required to Meet Demands

This post is the second part of a three-part-series about the future of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and the challenges it holds in today’s network infrastructure. We’ll look at the CommScope RUCKUS R750 AP, RUCKUS R650 AP and ICX 7150-ZP switch working together to bring the next-generation network connectivity.

The demand for higher bandwidth is increasing as more applications are becoming media-rich, the rise of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trends and the Internet of Things (IoT) are becoming more popular. A prime example would be in the education industry where new technologies are developing faster, and more rapidly. The necessity for heavy application usage is increasing, especially video demand where 4K footage is becoming a norm. Businesses are starting to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and multi-gigabit connectivity.

To deliver the performance on a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) network, let’s have a closer look at CommScope RUCKUS R750 AP, CommScope RUCKUS R650 AP and ICX 7150-ZP; An example of the next generation APs and switches working together to provide reliable, fast and outstanding performance for the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).


The R750 AP is the first ever Wi-Fi 6 AP to be granted Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 status by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The AP is specifically designed for indoor Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity. The R750 AP has the latest Wi-Fi 6 standards and increases capacity, improves coverage and performance in ultra-high dense environments.

Paired with an ICX 7150-ZP the prime locations to have this combination would be (but is not limited to) verticals like transit hubs, venues, auditoriums and conference centres and, efficiently manages up to 1024 client connections with increased capacity.

The CommScope RUCKUS R750 is the high-end dual-band, dual-concurrent Wi-Fi 6 AP (802.1ax), that supports 8 spatial streams (4×4:4 in 5Ghz, 4×4:4 in 2.4 GHz). The R750 AP has OFGMA and MU-MIMO capabilities. The R750 has a built-in IoT radio with onboard BLE and Zigbee capabilities.

  • The R750 AP has the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard, including multi-gigabit speeds, this AP supports the demand for better and faster Wi-Fi.
  • The R750 AP is one of the first to be Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) certified and pairs up with other Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices. For optimal performance, deploy the R750 with the ZP range of CommScope RUCKUS ICX Switches.

The R650 AP is a similar AP to R750. However, a smaller version it is also specifically designed for indoor Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity. The R650 AP provides increased capacity and improves coverage and performance in a dense environment. Paired with an ICX 7150-ZP the prime locations to have this combination would be (but is not limited to) in verticals like education, office buildings and retail venues. The R650 AP supports peak data rates of up to 2974 Mbps and efficiently manages up to 512 client connections.

  • The R650 is a mid-range dual-band, dual-concurrent AP that supports six spatial streams (4×4:4 in 5GHz, 2×2:2 in 2.4GHz).
  • 2.5GbE Ethernet ensures the backhaul will not be a bottleneck for full use of available Wi-Fi capacity
  • The R650 has built-in IoT radios with onboard BLE and Zigbee capabilities. Also, the R650 is a converged access point that allows customers to seamlessly integrate any new wireless technologies with the pluggable IoT module.
CommScope RUCKUS ICX 7150-ZP

For ultimate performance and to get ahead and stay ahead without having to regularly upgrade hardware every couple of years, the CommScope RUCKUS range of switches are versatile and will support you for the next 5 -7 years.

CommScope RUCKUS IXC 7150-ZP Switch

  • CommScope RUCKUS ICX 7150 ZP 16×100/1000 Mbps/2.5 Gbps PoH ports, 32×10/100/1000 PoE+ ports, 8×10 GbE SFP uplink ports/uplink-ports
  • Featuring optional redundant 920W AC power supplies to provide 1480W of PoE+ Budget with redundant fans and base L3 (static routing and RIP).

The switch offers 16 Multigigabit (100Mbps/1Gbps/2.5Gbps) ports, each with Power-over-HDBaseT (PoH) up to 90 watts and 802.3bt ready, plus 32 10/100/1000 Mbps ports with PoE+. With a maximum PoE budget of 1480 watts, this switch delivers the power and performance, to drive PoE+ power to all 48 ports.

Advantages of CommScope RUCKUS Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Connectivity Using R750/R650 with an ICX 7150-ZP
  • Next-generation performance means it’s the latest Wi-Fi technology; connectivity will be fast, reliable and responsive.
  • Retaining existing cable infrastructure, support for 2.5Gb both on the AP and switch means you don’t have to replace the existing CAT 5 or 6 cabling configuration. This is extremely cost-effective; building on the current network infrastructure.
  • Delivers multi-gigabit performance at a significantly lower cost with the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity.

In the final part of this blog series, we will be looking into the cost of ownership from a technical overview and an IT/financial management perspective and the benefits of having a one vendor supplier.


We are a value-add distributor that can help your business along the way to grow with the superior network connectivity across our CommScope RUCKUS portfolio. If you would like to find out more about CommScope RUCKUS networks, sign up onto our latest webinars:


Check the technical webinar schedule for more details. Over the next few months, we will be covering everything from Security, Wi-Fi, Cloud, Switching and Network Management. All webinars are recorded, and you’ll find the links to all previous events on here too.

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