25G edge switches bring fiber-to-the-room to ‘wireless-first’ IoT campus networks

Feb. 9, 2023
CommScope says its new Ruckus Networks 8200 Switch Series is specifically designed for next-generation, "wireless-first" IoT campus networks and fiber-to-the-room connectivity at an affordable price point, without compromising performance or reliability.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) this winter announced that its Ruckus Networks subsidiary has introduced a new series of entry-level, scalable edge switches featuring 25 Gbps uplink ports.

As explained by Bart Giordano, SVP of Ruckus Networks for CommScope:

“The ICX 8200 series is a wired platform optimized for wireless service delivery, purposefully designed to handle the next generation of wireless-first and IoT campus networks. Our newest product line will not only support today’s most advanced Wi-Fi technology, but also future generations of Wi-Fi, and includes three models that will deliver a fiber-to-the-room solution.”

Notably, the switch series includes the first entry-level enterprise switch to deliver fiber-to-the-room connectivity.

As further reckoned by Ruckus Networks, the top key features and benefits of the ICX 8200 Switch series include:

  • Broad connectivity options: Gigabit, multigigabit edge ports and fiber-to-the-room within a single stackable switch series. 13 different stackable models including three models with fiber edge ports, three models with multigigabit edge ports and two fanless compact switches designed for in room deployment.
  • Maximum Wi-Fi performance: 2.5/5/10GbE edge ports purpose built for latest generation multigigabit Wi-Fi APs with support for Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6/6E, Wi-Fi 7 and beyond. Up to 8x 25 Gbps SFP28 dual-mode uplink/stacking ports to eliminate uplink bottleneck and provide low latency access to applications running in the cloud and deliver ultra-high-resolution video streaming.
  • High Power Delivery: Power next generation wireless access points and IoT devices with up to 90W per port of PoE power and high PoE budget up to 1480W per unit.
  • Maximum Deployment Flexibility: Ruckus signature advanced stacking capabilities including long distance stacking up to 12 units on standard SFP+/SFP28 fiber ports up to 10km greatly simplifies deployment at the access and aggregation layer and eliminate the need for specialized hardware for stacking.
  • Enhanced Security: Provides both enhanced security and data privacy with VXLAN support for advanced network segmentation and data confidentiality.
  • 3 Years of Technical Assistance Center Support: This support is included in addition to a limited lifetime warranty with every ICX 8200.

Product testimonial

After installing new ICX 8200 switches at a campus in the Chico Unified School District, a public school district based in Butte County, California, Patrick Bossetti, the district's IT Supervising Manager, reported:

“We have recently added the latest ICX 8200 switch to our campus network as an access switch to connect wireless access points and classroom learning equipment. We are impressed with the performance and ease of deployment with the 25 Gbps stacking and uplink ports. We are equally pleased with the switches’ high PoE rating – this is needed for the newer, power-hungry generation of wireless APs. We appreciate the flexibility and connectivity options provided by gigabit and multigigabit copper and fiber ports that can be stacked together into a single, easy to manage virtual device. The Ruckus solution has met or exceeded every expectation we had when we planned this deployment.”

ICX 8200 series models with gigabit copper edge ports are available for purchase now. CommScope said that models with fiber edge ports and multigigabit edge ports will be available in the first half of 2023.

Learn more about the ICX 8200 series.

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