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ZoneDirector 5000

One of the most affordable and scalable high-end Smart WLAN controller in its class

The ZoneDirector 5000 (ZD5000) is one of the industry’s first controller-based system that can be flexibly deployed either in-line, or out of the data path, supporting up to 20,000 clients, 1,000 access points (APs) and 2048 wireless LANs (WLANs) within a single, easy-to-use platform. If you don’t believe us,compare it for yourself against the alternatives.

With 6x the processing power and twice the capacity and redundancy of previous ZoneDirectors, the ZD5000 is perfect for large-scale wireless environments such as hotels, schools, hospitals and managed service environments. With a lifetime warranty, the ZD5000 is one of the first Smart WLAN platform to combine power, simplicity and scalability into a single, affordable system.

Highly resilient with dual/hot-swappable AC/DC power supplies and fans, the ZD5000 integrates the same ZoneDirector Software as other ZoneDirector platforms, supporting advanced features such as meshing, hot spot authentication, guest networking and dynamic Wi-Fi security at no additional cost.


Unrivaled Scalability
  • Supports up to 1,000 APs, 20,000 clients, 2048 WLANs per device
  • Distributed forwarding architecture maximizes data throughput by eliminating the need to send all traffic through the controller
  • 512 APs groups, 2048 WLAN groupings
Highly Resilient
  • Automatic smart redundancy for high availability
  • Dual, hot-swappable AC or DC power supplies
  • Redundant fans
  • Centralized or distributed deployment
  • Two 1 Gbps ports for full redundancy
Advanced Feature Set
  • Smart meshing support
  • Simple and elegant guest networking and captive portal
  • Hot spot authentication (WISPr support)
  • AP and WLAN groupings streamlines operation of a large number of small-sized networks from a single controller
  • IPv6 support
  • Integrated DHCP server
  • Dynamic VLAN assignment
  • Dynamic Pre-Shared Key generation and Zero-IT administration of clients
  • Integrated wireless performance test tool (SpeedFlex) measures WI-Fi throughput of clients, APs and mesh links
  • Users access policies provide rich WLAN control
  • Traffic thresholds for users on a specific SSID to ensure fairness
  • Robust authentication support (802.1X, captive portal, Active Directory, RADIUS, local database, WISPr)
  • Time-based WLAN broadcasting
  • Band steering provides spectral optimization
  • Airtime fairness allows better user experience
  • Dynamic (performance based) channel assignment ensures faster client connectivity
  • Dynamic and configurable client load balancing to optimize overall WLAN system performance
Strong Security
  • Rogue AP detection
  • Client blacklisting
  • DoS attack prevention
  • Password guessing protection
  • Client isolation protects against peer-to-peer snooping
  • L2-4 ACL support
Super Simple Management
  • Graphic and Web 2.0 intuitive user interface
  • HTTP and HTTPS/SSL connections
  • Full CLI support
  • Manageable by Ruckus FlexMaster system
  • SNMP v1/v2c/v3, Telnet/SSHv2 support

Physical Characteristics
AC or DC hot-swappable, redundant power supplies
DC input requirements
Voltage: 48 to -60VDC
Current: 20.5A
AC input requirements (auto-range)
100 to 127VAC/maximum current 8.9A
200 to 240VAC/maximum current 4.5A
Physical Size
8.76cm(H), 43.53cm(W), 50.8cm(D)
40 lbs (18.14 kilograms)
Two 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45* ports
Serial ports, RJ-45, one front, one rear
Four (4) USB 2.0 ports in the rear for image loading
LED display
Supported (see user guide)
Environmental conditions
Operating Temperature: 41°F (5°C) – 104°F (40°C)
Performance and Supported Configurations
Managed APs
Up to 1,000
Concurrent stations
Up to 20,000
Web user interface, CLI, FlexMaster™
LAN, wireless and associated stations (available via UI)
Auto AP software updates
Captive Portal
Guest accounts
VLAN support
802.1Q (per BSSID), dynamic VLAN
DHCP Server
AP Discovery & Control
Layer-2 or Layer-3
Radius Accounting
Access Lists (ACLs)
Layer-2 (MAC address based ACL)
Layer-3 (IP address based ACL)
L2 client isolation
Wireless Intrusion Detection (WIDS)
Rogue AP detection
DoS attack prevention
Password guessing protection
Rate limiting
Multimedia and Quality of Service
VoIP Tunneling
Software Queues
Per traffic type, per client
Rate Limiting
Wireless Security
WEP, WPA-TKIP, WPA2-AES, 802.11i
802.1X, local database
External AAA servers: ActiveDirectory, RADIUS, LDAP
Local authentication
20,000 user entries
U.S., Canada, EU, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea

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