Wireless

The first solution we consider for most businesses is the integrated wireless in the Meraki Z1 (Wireless N) or the MX64W or MX65W routers (wireless AC). If the coverage is sufficient, then the feature set and integration with the actual firewall is the most cost effective and unrivalled due to its integration with the firewall security and has almost all of the features available in the separate Meraki wireless AP lineup.

If coverage required is more than can be supplied by a single AP from the position of the firewall, then we recommend considering one of the following 3 solutions (and to NOT purchase the wireless MX64 or 65 edition).

Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed Wireless

This solution allows all Meraki wireless Access Points (MR’s) in the organization (including multiple sites) to be managed from the same web portal/virtual controller/”pane of glass”.
For those organizations where standardization and single pane of glass management is important for managing their Meraki devices, including

  • Router(s)
  • wireless AP’s
  • IP handsets
  • video surveillance cameras
  • And performing Mobile Device Management on all mobile devices (MDM (currently free for
  • Meraki Enterprise Management License applies and is required (terms of 1/3/5/7/10 years available, renewable) From: $95/year.

Then Meraki’s line up of Access Points should be considered. SGC is a Cisco Meraki authorized partner.

Cisco Meraki MR33

Entry-level, general purpose cloud-managed 802.11ac (Wave 2) wireless, 1.3 Gbps radio rate, 3 radios: 2.4 and 5 GHz, dual-band WIDS/WIPS

2-stream 802.11ac and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible (no AC adapter included or possible)

Estimated Retail Price: $1175 (with 5 year subscription)

Cisco Meraki MR42

For performance-critical wireless LANs and high-density environments cloud-managed 802.11ac (Wave 2) wireless, 1.9 Gbps radio rate, 3 radios: 2.4 and 5 GHz, dual-band WIDS/WIPS

3-stream 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n. 802.3at PoE compatible (also compatible with aT) (no AC adapter included but available)

Estimated Retail Price: $1675 (with 5 year subscription)

Cisco Meraki MR72

Ruggedized, High Capacity Outdoor (IP67) for harsh, rugged environments for Voice, video, and performance-intensive networks  cloud-managed 802.11ac (Wave 2) wireless, 1.2 Gbps radio rate, 3 radios: 2.4 and 5 GHz, dual-band WIDS/WIPS

2-stream 802.11ac and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible (no AC adapter included or possible). Optional auxiliary antennas available.

Estimated Retail Price: $2195 (with 5 year subscription)


The Ruckus Alternative

Ruckus offers a fully-loaded and fully-capable, Smart Wi-Fi portfolio that builds on more than a decade’s worth of patented technologies to offer simplicity, ridiculous reliability, killer coverage and crazy-high capacity—at a fraction of the cost of alternatives.
Ruckus is typically a local hardware controller based system, that has certifications, integrations, and enterprise warranty and support options required by some organizations, and also now offers Cloud Wifi.

Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector 1200

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The Affordable, Wi-Fi Controller For Businesses

The Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector 1200 is Ruckus’ centrally managed Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) system developed specifically for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

With simplicity and ease of use in mind, the Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 is purpose-built to address the gap between standalone, feature-deficient access points (APs) that must be individually managed and the costly, complex highend enterprise systems that are overkill for most small business environments.

The ZoneDirector 1200 is also perfect for businesses who want to offer services such as voice over Wi-Fi, IP-based video, secure enterprise access and tiered Wi-Fi services in venues such as hotels, airports, schools and public buildings.

The Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 can be deployed and operated by non-wireless experts and installed quickly and easily. Any organization with limited IT staff and budget can create a robust and secure multimedia WLAN in a matter of minutes.

Ruckus wireless LAN solutions combine one of the best centrally managed WLANs with jaw-dropping advances in intelligent RF routing and Smart WiFi meshing. The result? One of the best WLAN products and technology that money can buy. Here are more bullets to mull over:

  • Patented Smart Wi-Fi antenna array technology: BeamFlex, which provides extended range and adaptive signal steering, for the most reliable WiFi, period
  • Predictive real-time capacity channel selection – ChannelFly is one of the industry’s most effective approaches to channel selection resulting in up to 50 percent better performance
  • Optimum signal path selection, interference mitigation, and auto RF management, for a consistent user experience
  • Smart Mesh Networking to eliminate the costly, cumbersome task of pulling Ethernet cable wherever you want access points
  • Captive portal and guest accounts, RADIUS and Active Directory support, support for up to 8 BSSIDs per radio (16 BSSIDs per access point) with unique QoS and security policies

Zoneflex R310 Entry-level AP

General purpose 802.11ac wireless with Beamflex, rated for 100 concurrent users, Novel Channel selection approach delivering up to 50% capacity gain over alternative background scanning approaches, 2 radios (concurrent): 867 Mbps 5Ghz radio rate, 300 Mbps 2.4Ghz radio rate, Up to 4dB of statistical BeamFlex gain and up to 10dB of interference mitigation, 2-stream 802.11ac and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible. NOT Smart meshing compatible.

ZoneFlex R310 APs can be deployed as a standalone AP or as part of a centrally managed wireless LAN using ZoneDirector and SmartZone controllers.

When used with the Ruckus ZoneDirector Smart WLAN controller, each ZoneFlex R310 supports a wide range of value-added applications such as guest networking, Dynamic PSK, hotspot authentication, wireless intrusion detection and many more.

Approximate Retail: $

Zoneflex R510 Medium Density AP

General purpose 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless with Beamflex+, rated for 512 concurrent users, Up to 2x to 4x increase in Wi-Fi signal coverage achieved through adaptive antennas and automatic interference mitigation

2 radios: 867 Mbps 5Ghz radio rate, 300 Mbps 2.4Ghz radio rate, Up to 4dB of statistical BeamFlex gain and up to 10dB of interference mitigation, 2-stream 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible (2 Ports) + USB. IS Smart meshing compatible.

The R510 can be used with any Ruckus control and management platform—appliance, virtual or cloud-managed. That means that as your business needs change, your architecture—and your APs—can change with you.

Approximate Retail: $

Zoneflex H510 AP

Wall mounted Wi-Fi access point and wired switch designed for hospitality and habitation deployments designed for easy install over a standard wall outlet. Simply connect up to five wired devices with integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. Leverage the PoE port and a pass-through feature to power up and connect devices such as a digital phone even when they require native access to a PBX system. The H510 also supports an add-on radio module to enable IoT sensors. Dual band 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless with Beamflex+, rated for 100 concurrent users, 2 radios: 867 Mbps 5Ghz radio rate, 300 Mbps 2.4Ghz radio rate, Up to 4dB of statistical BeamFlex gain and up to 10dB of interference mitigation, 2-stream 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible + USB + 5 Ethernet ports. IS Smart meshing compatible.

Can be deployed in standalone mode or centrally managed by the Ruckus vSCG, SmartZone, ZoneDirector, Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi or Ruckus FlexMaster systems

Approximate Retail: $

Zoneflex T300 AP

Entry level very High Capacity Outdoor (IP67) with omni directional antenna. 802.11ac wireless with Beamflex+, rated for 512 concurrent users, Up to 2x to 4x increase in Wi-Fi signal coverage achieved through adaptive antennas and automatic interference mitigation

2 radios: 867 Mbps 5Ghz radio rate, 300 Mbps 2.4Ghz radio rate, Up to 4dB of statistical BeamFlex gain and up to 10dB of interference mitigation, 2-stream 802.11ac and 802.11n. 802.3af PoE compatible. IS Smart meshing compatible.

Approximate Retail: $


The Ubiquiti Networks UniFi® Wireless Alternative

UniFi®is a revolutionary Wi-Fi system that combines Enterprise performance, unlimited scalability, a central software defined management controller (which can be offline, run on a PC, a VM, on a USB stick, or be cloud hosted) and disruptive pricing compared to traditional wireless systems.

One of the reasons for the budget cost is a limited 1 year, non-extendable warranty (although the life expectancy of the AP’s are much longer), technical support is email/community based. There are no on-going subscriptions or maintenance or support contracts available. Updates and bug fixes are released as available at no additional charge to owners of the product.

While we were initially skeptical a product at this price point was worthwhile (costing the same as the entry level non enterprise AP’s from one of the major players, which only supports 10 wireless clients concurrently), and a fraction of the cost of the enterprise AP’s (including some of those we carry above), we have found it to be a reliable and appropriate solution in many SMB situations, and are carrying and supporting it as our value solution.

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Ideal for long-range deployments, the UniFi AC LR AP offers simultaneous, dual-band operation with 3×3 MIMO in the 2.4 GHz band and 2×2 MIMO in the 5 GHz band.

The innovative antenna design provides a long-range, symmetrical-link coverage area, and the antenna gain of the UniFi AC LR AP performs better than one-way, high transmit power does for connecting distant clients. It is available in single- and five-packs.

Range: 600ft, 867 Mbps. Powered by Passive Power over Ethernet (24V), (special passive POE switches required (Unifi) if not using the POE power adapter included in the single packs).

Note: single packs include necessary POE injector, 5 packs do not.

Current Estimated Retail: ~$165

UAP-AC-PRO

Deploy the UniFi AC Pro AP indoors or outdoors, in wireless networks requiring maximum performance.

Sporting a weatherproof design, the UniFi AC Pro AP features simultaneous, dual-band, 3×3 MIMO technology and convenient 802.3af PoE/802.3at PoE+ compatibility. It is available in single- and five-packs.

Range: 400ft, Secondary Ethernet Port. 1300 Mbps

Note: single packs include POE injector, 5 packs do not.

Current Estimated Retail: ~$255

Interested in a wireless network? Contact us for a customized quote.