I have a single R500 AP and probably will not need to add another at any time. Just wondering if there are any performance advantages to making this an Unleashed AP?
Another similar question - with a single AP would there be any performance enhancements with a zone director? In other words, am I still getting all of the Ruckus tech like beam forming, and band steering with just the single AP or is the zone director required to unlock those?
Unleashed AP and controller based AP has following difference in terms of feature set Unleashed does not provide the entire
ZoneDirector feature set. The following features are either not supported, supported but with
limitations, or are currently unsupported but planned for a future release:
No layer 3 roaming. All APs must be in the same subnet.
Tunneled WLANs are not supported.
IPv6 is not supported.
No interface to communicate with FlexMaster, SmartCell Insight, SPoT, or the ZoneDirector
Remote Control mobile app.
No North Bound Interface to pass client authentication responsibility to an external
No CLI support.
No SNMP support.
No SpeedFlex support.
No WLAN Group or AP Groups.
No Role Based Access Controls.
Guest Access limitations:
Self-Service Guest Pass (not supported in the initial release).
If you need any of the above then you need to get controller or check with your Ruckus SE to confirm on when any of the above features are going to be implemented.
This one is just for home use and testing. I install home automation systems and I am looking for the best performance AP for range and scale with some larger homes. My home would never need more than one AP, but some of the houses I work on would definitely need 2-3 on a regular basis. I like the idea of the Unleashed controller-less setup. So far Unleashed is working well for me.