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ZoneDirector 3000

Power Meets Simplicity — Smart Wireless LAN Controller.


Now, any organization with a limited IT staff and budget can quickly and inexpensively create a highly-secure wireless LAN (WLAN) — with ZoneDirector 3000. Capable of centrally managing up to 500 ZoneFlex Wi-Fi access points (APs), ZoneDirector 3000 is designed for ease of use, high performance, and low cost of ownership. When configured for high-redundancy, high network availability is easily achieved with automatic synchronization of configuration and authorized user information between multiple ZoneDirectors.


ZoneDirector 3000 integrates seamlessly with existing switches, firewalls, authentication servers, and other network equipment. All Ruckus ZoneFlex APs (wired or meshed) will automatically discover ZoneDirector, self-configure, and become instantly manageable. Nothing could be easier.

Once ZoneDirector 3000 is up and running, it automatically manages ZoneFlex APs, adjusting transmit power levels and RF channel assignments to prevent adjacent APs from interfering, and providing redundant coverage if an AP fails. Configuration changes can easily be applied to multiple APs or to the entire system, simultaneously. A customizable dashboard provides instant access to client and network events, a real-time heat map with AP locations and signal levels, as well as Smart Mesh Networking topology.


Ruckus mobility support delivers faster and more secure Wi-Fi roaming for Voice over IP (VoIP) as well as data applications. When enabled, the Ruckus mobility service adds key capabilities to the Ruckus ZoneFlex line of Smart Wireless controllers such as wireless LAN tunneling for voice over Wi-Fi applications and 802.1X fast roaming.

The Ruckus mobility solution minimizes erratic Wi-Fi behavior by enabling uninterrupted voice calls through the use of Layer 3 tunneling and using key caching techniques when roaming across ZoneFlex 802.11 access points (AP) to minimize roaming delays.


Unique Performance Utility.

ZoneDirector 3000 integrates SpeedFlex™, which allows administrators to locally or remotely determine client Wi-Fi performance. With SpeedFlex, administrators can better plan, troubleshoot, monitor, and measure WLAN performance.


Streamlined, Bulletproof Security.

ZoneDirector 3000 supports enterprise-class 802.1x with any backend authentication database, such as RADIUS or Active Directory, and also comes with an internal authentication database. First-time ZoneDirector users simply plug their computers into the WLAN, and specify a URL that directs them to a captive web portal for first-time authentication. Then, ZoneDirector automatically configures the client system with the designated SSID and a dynamically-generated encryption key that centralizes authentication and authorization decisions for all APs, providing secure admission control across the WLAN.


Better Quality of Service with Fewer APs.

Leveraging Smart Wi-Fi technology that provides extended range and dynamic signal controls, ZoneDirector 3000’s Smart Mesh Networking:

  • Minimizes inter-nodal hops that degrade performance
  • Automatically adapts Wi-Fi connections between nodes to environmental changes
  • Automatically controls the channel assignments and transmit power of all ZoneFlex Wi-Fi APs
  • WIDS
  • Fast roaming
  • Distributed forwarding

The result? Fewer APs need to be deployed. And with BeamFlex+, the ZoneFlex system continuously picks the best path for every packet, to clients outside the network and mesh APs inside the network.


ZoneDirector Software Features

Provides WLAN-wide network, security, RF, and location management.
SmartMesh wireless meshing automates deployment, eliminates the need to run Ethernet cable to every Smart Wi-Fi access point
Adaptable Hybrid SmartMesh extends the wireless network through Ethernet-connected APs
Guest and personnel onboarding and management with Ruckus’ Cloudpath solution or Zero-IT for simple onboarding capability
Dynamically-generated Pre-Shared Keys (PSK) that are automatically installed on clients
Support for 802.1x, LDAP (captive portal), native Active Directory, and RADIUS authentication with dynamic VLAN assignment
Multi-site authentication to scale large deployments
Automatic traffic redirection using WISPr for multi-site authentication for large-scale deployments
Minimizes erratic Wi-Fi behavior, enabling uninterrupted voice calls, through the use of Layer 3 tunneling and using key caching techniques when roaming
Bandsteering, load balancing, and airtime fairness to optimize Wi-Fi spectrum
Users access policies provide rich WLAN control
Traffic thresholds for users on a specific SSID to ensure fairness
Maximizes data throughput by sending all data traffic directly from the access points to the wired network
SPot location services support
Easy to Deploy and Manage

Seamless integration with existing switches, firewalls, authentication servers and other network infrastructure
Can be placed within any Layer 2/3 network
Automatically discovers and configures ZoneFlex APs
Automatically adjusts AP transmit power levels and RF channel assignments to avoid interference and enable redundant coverage
Dynamic RF controls over transmit power and channel assignments
Supports 32 unique WLANs mapped to specific APs or VLANs
Installs in minutes with intuitive web-based wizard
Customizable dashboard provides instant access to a variety of client and network information and events
Real-time heat map displays AP locations and signal coverage, and Smart Mesh Networking topology
SpeedFlex allows administrators to locally or remotely determine client Wi-Fi performance
Outstanding Price/Performance

Unmatched total cost of ownership
Provides features not found in more expensive WLAN systems
Requires little IT time

Physical Characteristics
220 watt internal power supply
100 – 250V AC Universal, IEC 320 connector
Physical Size
1RU: 35.52 cm (L), 43.18 cm (W), 4.39 cm (H)
14 lbs (6.37 kilograms)
Ethernet Ports
2 ports, auto MDX, auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps, RJ-45
Environmental Conditions
Operating temperature: 41°F (5°C) – 104°F (40°C)
Managed APs
Up to 500
Concurrent Stations
Up to 10,000
Guest Access
Captive Portal
Tunneling to AP
Network Architecture
IPv4, IPv6, dual-stack
802.1Q (1 per BSSID), dynamic VLAN
1+1 with auto-synchronization
DHCP Server
Web user interface, CLI, FlexMaster™, SNMP v1, v2, v3
RADIUS (primary and backup)
AP Provisioning
L2 or L3 auto-discovery
Auto-software upgrade
Automatic channel and power optimization
Client Provisioning
Auto proxy configuration
Wireless Packet Capture
RADIUS (primary and backup)
WPA, WPA2, 802.11i
802.1X, MAC address
Ruckus Dynamic Pre-Shared Key
User Database
Internal database up to 10,000 users
External: RADIUS, LDAP, Active Directory
Access Control
L2 (MAC address-based)
L3/4 (IP and Protocol based)
L2 client isolation
Management interface access control
Time-based WLANs
Wireless Intrusion Detection (WIDS)
Rogue AP detection
DoS attack prevention
Evil-twin/AP spoofing detection
Ad hoc detection
Password guessing protection
Multimedia and Quality of Service
Software Queues
Per traffic type (4), per client
Traffic Classification
Automatic, heuristics and TOS based or VLAN-defined
Rate Limiting
WLAN Prioritization
Client Load Balancing
U.S., Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Uruguay, Vietnam
Wi-Fi Alliance Certification (Wi-Fi Certified™)


ZoneDirector 3000