SUNNYVALE , Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless announced today that SuperClick, a technology leader in IP infrastructure management solutions to the hospitality industry, has selected Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi products and technology.
SuperClick, which provides and manages Internet access infrastructure for more than 600 hotels and over 110,000 rooms throughout North America , will use the Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) system to replace under-performing wireless networks already installed, as well as for new Wi-Fi installations within select hotels.
According to SuperClick President and CEO Sandro Natale, SuperClick selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi because it offers many benefits that higher-end systems can't match, including: fewer access points that deliver better coverage and performance; reliable signal propagation; centralized network, configuration and security management; plug-and-play installation and deployment; and wireless meshing that allows for access point placement in hard-to-reach areas with no additional wiring or cabling.
SuperClick is recognized in the hospitality industry for the unique combination of its high-performance broadband access gateways, management platform and professional services, including on-site training and support. Through its proprietary SIMS(TM) management platform, SuperClick is able to monitor and administer thousands of devices in each hotel - including mini bars, TVs, phones, security cameras and other IP-based devices.
"The number one complaint hotels hear from guests is that Wi-Fi connectivity is terrible," said Natale. "Amidst huge demand for wireless access, mid-sized hotels, in particular, are struggling to deliver a Wi-Fi system that is both cost-effective and reliable. Most systems can't scale to provide service to every square inch of space without deploying an inordinate number of access points. Ruckus solves this problem, giving hotels an ideal way to blanket the entire property with solid, stable Wi-Fi connectivity using fewer access points."
SuperClick has already begun installing Ruckus ZoneFlex wireless LAN systems in hotels in the U.S. and Canada such as Westmont Hospitality's Staybridge Suites in Toronto .
Fewer Access Points That Deliver Better Coverage and Reliability Set New Wi-Fi Price/Performance Standard for Hotel Industry
According to Natale, the Ruckus ZoneFlex system has set a new industry standard for Wi-Fi price/performance. This is because fewer Ruckus access points are required to cover any given property. For instance, in a 125-room property, Natale points out that only six to 10 Ruckus ZoneFlex access points are typically needed to provide full coverage - even in outdoor areas like pools and cafes - with an average cost of less than eight cents per square foot. "This is an unmatched value in the industry," he said.
"The combination of superior performance, central management and wireless meshing for hard-to-reach areas make Ruckus the new best choice for Wi-Fi in hotels," he explained.
What's more, by upgrading their infrastructures to the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi system, SuperClick's hotel clients can deliver a richer, uninterrupted online experience from anywhere on hotel property to their guests. Furthermore, they can leverage the network for next-generation IP-based services, such as high definition IPTV, voice over Wi-Fi, security surveillance and inter-employee communications.
Wireless Meshing Extends Wi-Fi Where Wires Can't Go
Ruckus Wireless Lite Mesh Gateways (LMG) extend Wi-Fi connectivity to places where running Ethernet cables isn't possible. The Ruckus LMG functions as a single-hop, long-range wireless bridge, acting as both a client receiving the hotel's Wi-Fi signal and as an access point to transmit the signal throughout the surrounding area. The Ruckus Lite Mesh Gateway can be placed anywhere and requires only power to operate.