Can the Ruckus Zoneflex 7962 AP operate in Standalone mode, or does it require a controller, like a WLC?
I found a refurb at a great price, since I mainly wanted to just open it up to show my students how BeamFlex differs from Beam Forming (I've seen "parts-only models of the same AP go for 4x-5x the price).,
If it's capable of operating without a controller, I'll definitely snap it up, since this would be the first Ruckus AP I've ever used, and I'm trying to introduce my students to as many different APs and other wireless devices as possible.
The product PDF the seller linked to states this:
"The ZoneFlex 7962 can be managed as a standalone
AP through a Web-based
GUI, using SNMP or through
the Ruckus FlexMaster Wi-Fi
remote management system. Local
management can also be performed
using the ZoneDirector Smart WLAN
(emphasis mine) If it really can be used standalone, I'll happily snap it up tonight, even if I need to get just a power brick instead of a PoE injector, since it would stay indoors in the lab (although the PoE injector is preferable). Can anybody clear this up for me, before I pull the trigger on this? Thanks!
Yes you can operate the 7962 as a standalone AP. If it has previously been managed by a controller, you will need to do a hard reset (press and hold the reset button 8 seconds). Login with user name "super" and password "sp-admin" . You can easily pop the dome off to display the antenna array. It can be powered with a POE injector, poe switch, or AC adapter. The 7962 was a great AP.
At the price today, a little PoE switch is a good option to power a couple APs and allow a couple workstations.
The benefit of BeamFlex is our antenna arrays reply back to clients using the two nearest antennas we heard from the client on last. That way we don't direct energy all around, causing interference to other AP/clients.