SmartZone Switch Management Just Got Better!

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SmartZone Switch Management Just Got Better!

Author: Liam Kearney, Solutions Support Engineer


In the latest SmartZone firmware (5.2.1) you have the power to access the switch CLI via the SmartZone remotely from anywhere in the world.

This exciting new feature means that there is no longer a need to rely on a VPN or get remote access to make a change that isn’t an option in the GUI, you can now directly login to the CLI just as you would normally without a fuss.

Now I know what you’re thinking… Telnet? That’s not secure? But don’t worry, the Telnet session is secure as it runs over an encrypted SSH tunnel and only the SmartZone can establish that Telnet session.


Protected Ports is a great feature to have, especially if you do not have an onboarding solution for wired guests.

Found under the port settings of the SmartZone, this new feature allows multiple clients to share the same VLAN, whilst providing layer 2 isolation which ensures clients can only talk to the uplink port.

This means clients can’t communicate with each other despite being on the same layer 2 VLAN.


No longer do you have to upgrade a switch one by one. You now have the ability to upgrade all switches within a group at once!

If that’s not good enough, you can set a minimum firmware release for that group, so you can rest assured all switches are running the same version as they onboard. Meaning that if a switch group is running on the latest firmware, and a switch running on an older version is added to the group, the newly added switch will be upgraded to the newest firmware in that switch group.

Extra Resources

If you would like to find out how to upgrade RUCKUS SmartZone Firmware, we have a video demonstration explaining how to upgrade the RUCKUS SmartZone platform. Click the link 

To find out more about SmartZone management, you can also check out our previous blog on: SmartZone Management Security-Part 1

Webinar Invite

For more information about SmartZone and Unleashed, you should check out our upcoming Family Technical Day on Wednesday 9th September 2020, starting at 10am. We will be demonstrating how the two technologies compare and providing an overview of how the technologies have changed with live demos and Q&A. You can register for the Technical Family Day webinar here.