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AMX Debuts Smart Wi-Fi System Built on Industry-Leading Technology from Ruckus Wireless
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

New AMX Smart WAP and AMX ZoneDirector Smart WLAN Controller Deliver Next-Generation Wi-Fi Performance, Automated Deployment Capability Simplifies Installation

RICHARDSON, TX - September 23, 2010 - AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced a new Smart Wi-Fi system that delivers dramatic improvements in Wi-Fi range and reliability The Smart Wi-Fi system include the AMX Smart WAP (NXA-WAP1000) and AMX ZoneDirector Smart WLAN Controller (NXA-WAPZD1000). Both utilize critically-acclaimed and patented technology from Ruckus Wireless to produce an advanced level of Wi-Fi performance in residential and commercial settings. AMX will be showcasing the new Smart WAP and AMX ZoneDirector in booth #912 at CEDIA 2010, being held September 23-26 in Atlanta.

The AMX Smart WAP is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n smart Wi-Fi access point that can be deployed as a standalone access point, or combined with the AMX ZoneDirector Smart WLAN Controller as part of a centrally-controlled smart WLAN system. Designed for demanding multimedia application, the new smart Wi-Fi system utilizes Ruckus' patented BeamFlex™ Technology and adaptive signal steering to provide up to a four-fold improvement in signal range for the industry’s most reliable Wi-Fi. Unlike any other Wi-Fi technology available today, BeamFlex uniquely supports the transmission of delay-sensitive applications such as streaming IP-based video or voice. A smart antenna array in each WAP automatically focuses Wi-Fi transmissions toward the receiver, constantly steering signals over the best performing paths while avoiding interference. This results in longer range and more stable Wi-Fi connections that can support flicker-free multimedia viewing.

AMX ZoneDirector is a centrally managed WLAN controller for homes and business allowing for simplified management of the wireless environment and the ability to enable advanced wireless services such as smart wireless meshing, hotspot authentication, elegant guest networking and dynamic Wi-Fi security.

"AMX is committed to offering our dealers the most advanced network solutions and simplified, faster installation routes," said AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "Our new Smart WAP and ZoneDirector represent a significant advance in Wi-Fi performance with smart, adaptive capabilities that clearly outperform other Wi-Fi solutions in the marketplace and offer installers the industry's simplest configuration out of the box through a Web-based wizard and automated deployment capabilities."

Designed to be deployed in less than 5 minutes by non-wireless experts, the AMX ZoneDirector integrates with network, security and authentication infrastructure already in place and is easily configured through a point-and-click Web-based wizard. Available AMX Smart WAP access points are automatically discovered and are configured by the AMX ZoneDirector. Redundant and secure, the AMX ZoneDirector provides WLAN-wide network, security, RF and location management within a single, easy-to-use and affordable WLAN system.

"The AMX Smart WAP and AMX ZoneDirector enable a smarter Wi-Fi network delivering much more stable and reliable performance by automatically avoiding interference that can cause performance problems in homes," said Lorelei Connon, AMX senior product line manager. "In many residential environments there are sources of Wi-Fi interference such as Bluetooth headsets, cordless phones, wireless cameras and more that all interfere with transmissions in the Wi-Fi spectrum. These new solutions automatically solve this."

The smart antenna array of the AMX Smart WAP delivers up to 6dBi of signal gain and delivers 10dB of interference rejection to improve signal range extension, increase reliability and reduce packet loss. With a sleek modern design, small form factor and Power over Ethernet (PoE), the AMX Smart WAP can be mounted on the ceiling to maximize performance without disturbing aesthetics or requiring a local power supply.