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by Ruckus
Product Line: Ruckus Series
Product Type: Wireless LAN Controller
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Product Description

The SZ100 Ruckus is designed with a variety of connectivity options, including 4 - 1GbE ports and 2 - 10GbE ports, housed within a compact 1RU frame measuring 438 MM (W) x 292.1 MM (D) x 44 MM (H) and weighing 11.02 lbs (5 kilograms). It supports a wide operating temperature range from 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C), ensuring reliable performance in various environments. Capable of managing up to 1,024 APs individually, with clustering extending this capacity to 3,000 APs, and supporting up to 25,000 concurrent stations (expandable to 60,000 with clustering), the device caters to extensive network demands, featuring advanced capabilities like automatic client load balancing, extensive VLAN support with up to 4,000 VLANs, and comprehensive security and authentication standards including WPA, WPA2, 802.11i, and 802.1x.

FAQs for the SZ100

  • What are the AC input requirements for this device?
    The device requires 250 Watts for AC input.
  • How much does the device weigh?
    It weighs 11.02 lbs (5 kilograms).
  • Can you detail the physical dimensions of the 1RU device?
    The dimensions are 438 MM (W) x 292.1 MM (D) x 44 MM (H), or 17.25”(W) x 11.5”(D) x 1.73”(H).
  • What types of Ethernet ports does the device include?
    It has 4 - 1GbE ports and 2 - 10GbE ports.
  • What is the operating temperature range for the device?
    The operating temperature ranges from 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C).
  • How does the device handle traffic classification?
    Traffic classification is automatic, utilizing heuristics, TOS, or VLAN-defined methods.
  • What is the maximum number of managed APs supported by the device?
    The device supports up to 1,024 managed APs, and with clustering, up to 3,000.
  • How many concurrent stations can the device support?
    It can support up to 25,000 concurrent stations, and with clustering, up to 60,000.
  • What types of guest access features does the device offer?
    The device supports guest access, captive portal, and hotspot features including WISPr, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, and Passpoint™.
  • What standards and types of authentication does the device support?
    It supports WPA, WPA2, 802.11i standards, and 802.1x, MAC address authentication.

Product Review

The Ruckus SZ100 offers extensive scalability and redundancy features, supporting up to 1,024 managed access points (APs) individually, and up to 3,000 APs with clustering, alongside the capability to manage up to 60,000 concurrent stations in a clustered environment. On the hardware side, it provides a solid array of connectivity options with four 1GbE ports and two 10GbE ports, but the fixed power requirement of 250 Watts might limit deployment flexibility in environments with varying power supply standards. Moreover, its comprehensive support for up to 4,000 VLANs, dual-stack IPv4/IPv6, and advanced traffic management features positions it well for complex network setups, though its physical size and operating temperature range could pose challenges in more compact or extreme temperature environments.


The Ruckus SZ100 is a highly capable networking controller designed to meet the demands of modern wireless networks. It serves as the core of a powerful wireless network, offering advanced features and scalability. This product overview focuses on the hardware specifications and key features that make the SZ100 a suitable choice for enterprises and medium to large-sized network environments. The SZ100 is housed in a compact 1RU chassis, measuring 438mm in width, 292.1mm in depth, and 44mm in height, translating to 17.25 inches by 11.5 inches by 1.73 inches. It is relatively lightweight for its capabilities, weighing in at 11.02 lbs (5 kilograms), making it easy to install in a variety of settings. Powering this device requires an AC input of 250 Watts, ensuring efficient operation. Connectivity options on the SZ100 are versatile, featuring four 1GbE ports and two 10GbE ports, facilitating high-speed connections and efficient network traffic handling. This range of ports supports a broad array of network architectures, ensuring the SZ100’s compatibility with existing infrastructure while allowing for future growth. The device operates optimally within a temperature range of 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C), ensuring reliability under standard office environmental conditions. Key software features include: - Traffic classification is handled automatically, through heuristics and TOS or VLAN definitions. - Client load balancing is automatic, optimizing network efficiency and user experience. - Support for up to 1,024 managed access points (APs), expandable to 3,000 with clustering, accommodates extensive network deployments. Additional specifications include: - Support for up to 2,048 WLANs (BSSIDs) and the capability to handle up to 25,000 concurrent stations, expandable to 60,000 with clustering. This makes the SZ100 suitable for high-density environments where numerous devices require simultaneous access. - Comprehensive hotspot features including WISPr, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, and Passpoint™ support. - Guest access and a captive portal are supported, enhancing network security and user management. - Mesh networking is supported, allowing for flexible network deployment without the need for wired connections to each AP. - The device is fully compatible with both IPv4 and IPv6, ensuring future-proof operation in evolving network environments. - VLAN support for up to 4,000 VLANs, offering extensive network segmentation options. - Built-in redundancy with 3+1 cluster redundancy ensures high availability and network reliability. - An internal DHCP server is included, streamlining network management. - Compliance with key standards such as WPA, WPA2, and 802.11i, along with support for 802.1x and MAC address authentication, enhances network security. - The user database supports up to 25,000 users internally, with the option to integrate with external systems like RADIUS, LDAP, and Active Directory. - Rate limiting is supported, allowing for granular control over network bandwidth allocation. Furthermore, the SZ100 is equipped with SmartCell Insight, enabling custom report generation with up to seven years of network data. This feature aids in long-term network planning and performance optimization. In summary, the Ruckus SZ100 combines a compact, efficient hardware platform with extensive software capabilities, making it an ideal choice for managing high-performance wireless networks. Its scalability, combined with advanced features like automatic client load balancing and comprehensive security standards, ensures that networks can grow and adapt without compromising on performance or security.


Part Number / ManufacturerRuckus SZ100
Power Input250W AC
Dimensions438mm x 292.1mm x 44mm / 17.25" x 11.5" x 1.73" (Width x Depth x Height)
Unit Weight5kg / 11.02lbs
Network Interfaces4 x 1GbE, 2 x 10GbE ports
Operational Temperature Range0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Queue Management4 queues per client, based on traffic type
Traffic ManagementHeuristic, TOS-based, or VLAN-based automatic classification
Load Distribution Among ClientsAutomatic
Supported APsUp to 1,024 individually, 3,000 in a cluster
Support for WLANs (BSSIDs)2,048
Maximum Associated Devices25,000 individually, 60,000 in a cluster
Hotspot TechnologiesWISPr, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Passpoint™
Guest Network AccessSupported
Captive Web PortalSupported
Mesh NetworkingSupported
IP Version SupportIPv4, IPv6, dual-stack configurations
Virtual LANs (VLANs)Up to 4,000
System Redundancy3+1 cluster configuration
Security StandardsWPA, WPA2, 802.11i
Authentication Methods802.1x, MAC address filtering
User Database Capacity25,000 users internally; supports RADIUS, LDAP, Active Directory externally
Bandwidth ManagementSupported
Analytics and ReportingSmartCell Insight for custom reporting, up to seven years of data

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