03-19-2017 12:01 PM - edited 03-19-2017 12:08 PM
Brocade aquired Ruckus.
Then recently Broadcom aquired Brocade and divested by selling off Ruckus and the Brocade Network switching line to Arris.
Broadcom held on to the Brocade storage switching technology.
In my experience Ruckus would compete more with Cisco, Aruba, etc in the large and Medium Enterprise world where full support and service contracts are required by those types of enterprises. But they are also very popular in very high end residential jobs with providers who do automation systems like Crestron and Savant systems. Where the clients are very wealthy and won't bat an eye at Ruckus costs.
Unifi is going to be more appropriate in the SMB and Medium Size business areas where the those business may outsource the IT to a 3rd party that may manage the Unifi infrastructure for them so as to realize the cost savings that Unifi offers, but not be affected by the general lack of support that UBNT offers. Unifi is also popular with Residential IT providers.
Unifi, is obviously trying to branch out and compete more with Cisco Meraki with their new Unifi Elite offering, it will be interesting to see how well that does, as it definitely takes them out of the super price consicous roots.
Ruckus, does as others have stated have some patented technology like BeamFlex Antenna's, which apparently works very well.
03-20-2017 07:48 AM
Apparently some members in this thread ( @jb_008 for one) are clairvoyant... The press release on the acquisition of Ruckus by Arris is dated Feb 22nd, 2017, in the midst of our discussions here...
03-20-2017 08:00 AM
03-20-2017 08:34 AM
This is probably what you saw: http://www.arris.com/products/ruckus-zonedirector-wireless-lan-controller/
Arris has been a Ruckus reseller for quite some time. The Brocade acquisition by Arris will happen after Broadcom's acquisition of the former is finalized.
03-20-2017 08:55 AM
We sell (are partners with) Extreme, Ruckus, HPE/Aruba, Cisco/Meraki and we also sell Ubiquiti.
Each has their pros/cons and it would be virtually impossible to run through them in a short post.
What I would say is we have good luck with all of them and they all will work well given the right scenario.
For your house, I think it is tough to beat UBNT given the price.
04-18-2017 07:26 AM
Are you able to give me a bit more insight into these vendors? We are currently looking to implement a medium sized apartment with WiFi and are being directed to Meraki or Ruckus gear. I am curious to hear of your experience.
06-30-2017 12:04 PM
I own both and Ruckus really deals with interference better. The Ruckus in stand alone mode is not as flexible as the Unifi in my opinion
Interesting - we have one site where they want us to replace a number of Ruckus APs with UniFi because the performance is so bad...
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06-30-2017 12:50 PM - edited 06-30-2017 12:51 PM
Must have the Ruckus set up badly and thats hard to do is all I can say to that. I have installed both over the years. Both systems have their appeal. Here I wear a UniFi hat but not averse to Barking Dog systems.
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06-30-2017 12:56 PM
Wow, I would never beleive that. UniFi is good in its place. If Ruckus isn't perforiming though, UniFi isn't going to fix it.
What model Ruckus gear are we talking, how old?
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