View Full Version : What's all the Ruckus?

2006-10-12, 08:53

err can anyone tell em what this is about?

Mark Lanctot
2006-10-12, 09:02
Looks like Tom's Hardware has a scoop there, there's certainly nothing on the Slim website or Ruckus Wireless' website about this.

BTW Ruckus Wireless is at:


appropriately enough.

Looks like they make high-end wireless routers designed specifically for multimedia streaming.

2006-10-12, 09:13
Press release on the Ruckus webiste here:

2006-10-12, 09:13
> Looks like Tom's Hardware has a scoop there, there's certainly nothing
> on the Slim website or Ruckus Wireless' website about this.
> BTW Ruckus Wireless is at:
> http://www.ruckuswireless.com/

It is on the Ruckus website, it may have just appeared:



2006-10-12, 09:34
So how is a Ruckus router any different/better than a normal router?

Or is it just a normal router that you can buy in a bundle along with your Squeezebox?

2006-10-12, 09:38
Read here:

Basically it manages the wireless signal much better using more advanced antenas than regular routers/access points.

2006-10-12, 09:45
Anyone on the SlimForum using Ruckus in their homes currently? I'd be interested in real user experience with Ruckus.

FWIW, I use a plain-jane 802.11g router and it streams audio and video content quite nicely to where I need it. My 1st gen squeezeboxen are on a separate 802.11b network, and I don't have any issues there either. I know that my situation is better than most though...


Mark Lanctot
2006-10-12, 10:09
True, Ben, I haven't had issues with a regular Linksys WRT54G v4.

This would help people in marginal wireless situations where existing consumer routers don't work well.

I think it's a good move, this was an area largely out of Slim Devices' control - now they have something to offer to address this issue.

I believe I may have heard about Ruckus Wireless in passing before, but I never knew what they were about. Seems to be a good fit with Slim. Also not too expensive either for a MIMO router.

Mark Lanctot
2006-10-12, 10:33
BTW did anyone else notice this little typo at http://www.ruckuswireless.com/press/releases/20061012.php ?

The company, named to the 2006 "Fast 50" by Fast Company magazine and the 2006 Red Herring 100, has raised approximately $30 from top investors including Sequoia Capital, Motorola Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, T-Online Venture Fund, WK Technology Fund and Investor AB.

Wow. A whole $30! Even I can start up a company or two! ;-)

I'm sure they meant $30 million.

2006-10-12, 10:34
I've seen at least one mention of someone using a Ruckus around here and rating them highly. I too don't have any real problems with streaming, but I do need a new access point (the Netgear I have keeps crashing) so maybe I'll try one of these if it has the SD stamp of approval.

I imagine this announcement is today as it's the first day of DigitalLife in NYC which runs until Sunday. Anyone in the area should stop by to check it out!

Mark Lanctot
2006-10-12, 11:58
Strange that there's still no press release from Slim Devices:


I expect they are all at that trade show in NYC.

Mark Lanctot
2006-10-18, 16:52
I suppose in all the Logitech hubbub, the Ruckus deal was kind of put on the back burner.

But I'd like to see something from Slim Devices - in particular, their experiences with the Ruckus routers. They look to have some neat features, and if my wireless situation was worse (and if I wasn't going to a Transporter that pulls in a signal more strongly) I would be interested in a Ruckus router.

2006-10-18, 19:01
What I heard at DigitalLife was that the initial deal was just to sell Ruckus units from the SD website in the same way they do for Infrant (both Infrant and Ruckus shared a stand with SD at the show - all great guys!). They were doing a show-special bundle with an SB3 and a Ruckus router, but I don't think there's anything beyond that available quite yet.

2006-10-18, 19:20
The deal with Ruckus is that they make great wifi products that particularly compliment our products as they pay special attention to managing multimedia streams. We partnered with them and Infrant on the stand at DigitalLife in New York as we all represent different parts of the overall solution and frankly it's cheaper to share the costs of a big show like that. The release is just them highlighting that collaboration.

I use a Ruckus router at home and have found it to have better range and reliability than my previous Linksys one. But that's just my personal experience and is not meant to be an 'official' view.

We hope to be able to work more closely with Ruckus over time as they definitely are focusing on solving some problems experienced by our customers.