RF Planning

Take the Guesswork Out of Wi-Fi Network Planning

Accurate network planning is one of the most critical steps in a successful Wi-Fi deployment, as poor planning can result in spotty coverage, unhappy users, and over-spending on infrastructure.

ZonePlanner is ideal for designing and estimating the scope of Wi-Fi networks before the first wireless access point is installed.

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  • Operating Systems
    • Microsoft® Windows 7
    • Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business/Ultimate (SP1)
    • Microsoft XP™ Professional (SP3)/Tablet PC Edition 2005 (SP3)
    • Apple OS X Leopard™ (Apple® MacBook® Pro running Windows XP™ PRO/SP3 using Boot Camp®).
  • Processor
    Intel® Pentium® M 1.6 GHz (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.00 GHz or higher recommended)
  • Memory
    1 GB memory (2 GB recommended) for Windows XP™. 2 GB or higher required for Windows Vista™
  • Hard Drive Space
    800 MB of free disk space
  • Site Map Image
    A site map in a format supported by Ruckus Planner (supported formats are: .bmp, .dib, .dwg, .dxf, .emf, .gif, .vsd, .jpg, or .wmf)

With ZonePlanner, network managers can more easily and accurately plan, design, deploy and manage Ruckus Smart WLAN networks in any indoor environment.

ZonePlanner integrates directional, high-gain antenna patterns derived from BeamFlex, the Ruckus-patented and award-winning smart antenna array, and combines them with AirMagnet’s industry-leading planning tool.

Unlike other Wi-Fi access points on the market that use omni-directional dipole antennas to blindly radiate Wi-Fi energy in all directions, each Ruckus access point integrates a high-gain directional smart antenna array that constantly focuses and directs Wi-Fi energy over the best performing signal paths to increase throughput and channel capacity while also significantly improving reliability and range.

By combining these state-of-the-art RF controls with powerful new planning tools, designing a world-class wireless LAN has never been easier.


ZonePlanner Features
Complete 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support with Ruckus APs
3D signal strength view
Simple creation of coverage maps
Ultra simple user interface
Custom Ruckus beamforming antenna array patterns
Manual or automatic AP placement with "advisor tool"
WLAN throughput estimation
Distance measurements
Different coverage views
Channel interference view
Bill-of-Materials reporting
Multi-platform (Windows/MAC) support
ZonePlanner Benefits
Make migration decisions to 802.11ac much easier and faster for existing legacy network environments
Easily model WLAN changes, upgrades and roaming boundaries
Properly size new wireless deployments for any environment or location
Design networks before any physical AP roll-out begins
Predict and optimize WLAN network performance
Simplify estimating for wireless network deployments
Build detailed indoor RF models based on building materials and environment
Automate WLAN installation plans including all Ruckus AP deployment and configuration options
Model any antenna and preview the impact to your WLAN
Ensure complete RF signal coverage while minimizing signal leak into unsecured areas