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Ruckus Xclaim WLAN update includes cloud-based management

The latest update of the Ruckus Xclaim line of wireless transceivers includes CloudManager, a browser-based management console for administrators.

Ruckus Wireless introduced a cloud-based management console for the Xclaim line of access points. Called CloudManager, the tool makes it easier for small businesses to manage the  Xclaim transceivers.

Unveiled this week, CloudManager lets businesses manage an unlimited number of devices in multiple locations. The cloud-based management console is accessible from any mobile device.

The latest product replaces Ruckus' previous management app called Harmony. The mobile app was limited to 10 Xclaim access points (APs).

CloudManager stores a week's worth of historical data. The console also gives Wi-Fi administrators access to pre-configured network performance reports, which can be downloaded or emailed. The features are similar to those provided in enterprise management tools, said IDC analyst Nolan Green.

Ruckus Xclaim a good fit for small businesses

Xclaim APs are cloud-based, controller-free devices that provide a more automated level of wireless connectivity than the company's ZoneFlex line for corporations. Introduced in 2014, the Xclaim line features one outdoor and one indoor 802.11ac AP, and two indoor 802.11n devices.

Xclaim transceivers do not support the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 standard. Such support is limited to ZoneFlex, which is used by larger companies more likely to pay for the higher throughput rate of Wave 2. "This end of the market won't need Wave 2 for now," Green said.

CloudManager will be available through a software update in June, said Rob Mustarde, co-general manager for Xclaim. At the same time, Ruckus plans to raise the price of Xclaim APs.

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