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Beamforming: The Best WiFi You’ve Never Seen
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Switching to the 5 GHz band, we notice two things immediately. First, Aruba has a pulse! The AP125 handily blows past Cisco at close quarters. More importantly, though, both Ruckus and Aruba show 5 GHz numbers that are double the throughput seen on 2.4 GHz. So if you have a choice with your config, give 5 GHz a try, or at least do the throughput comparison. You may be stunned.

Life looks the same in locations 2 and 3, with Aruba still outpacing Cisco and the latter showing no benefit at all from its on-chip beamforming.

Finally, in our location 4 fortress of solitude, Cisco beamforming shows some utility, just nudging past Aruba’s non-beamforming results. Ruckus still easily kicks dust in the others’ faces.

And here’s the kicker. Down in location 5, Aruba clings by a thread to 0.1 Mbps. Cisco can’t find a connection at all. Ruckus still nearly holds 25 Mbps. If ever there was a case for a technology to adopt in long-distance scenarios, this is it. Also, harkening back to an earlier point, now you start to see why Ruckus thinks BeamFlex can cover a large space with considerably fewer APs than alternative technologies.

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