In addition, you must configure WLAN services. This cover options such as SSID, authentication, encryption and parameters such as rate limiting and virtual LAN (VLAN) ID. Multiple WLAN services can be created and added via the ZoneDirector, and more than one WLAN service can be assigned to each WLAN group or to an individual AP.
Note that all pertinent configuration changes are automatically pushed out to APs, with no need to log into each AP. Indeed, this centralized management capability extends to updating firmware, too. (In this case, my upgrade consisted of uploading a new image file to update the ZoneDirector. After restarting, the new firmware was automatically pushed to all provisioned APs so they could be upgraded.) Finally, configuration files can be downloaded from the ZoneDirector for safekeeping.
Ruckus Wi-Fi Network Security and Authentication
ZoneDirector offers a number of standard security features that you would expect from business-grade Wi-Fi hardware, such as the capability to filter by media access control (MAC) addresses and to create multiple SSIDs and VLANs to isolate network traffic. The configuration options for each SSID are highly granular and include throughput limits as well as options to isolate wireless clients and assign different security mechanisms for each SSID.
While a static passphrase will work for a small office and home office (SOHO) setting, a larger deployment necessitates a more scalable authentication mechanism. On this front, ZoneDirector plugs into widely used standards such as Active Directory, LDAP, RADIUS or TACACS+.
Taken together, this means SMBs can deploy an "Office" SSID based on, say, Active Directory for laptops, a "Private" SSID with a lengthy static passphrase for the wireless security cameras and an unencrypted "Guest" SSID with severe security restrictions and low Internet speeds for partners and guests.
ZoneDirector also comes with the option to not automatically approve all join requests from APs that are connected to the wired network. If set, newly discovered APs must be manually added to ZoneDirector before they can be managed. ZoneDirector can also be configured to send email notifications for a range of events, including SSID and MAC-level spoofing attempts.