Ruckus kicks off over directional Wi-Fi
Netgear slapped with patent suit
Wi-fi co Ruckus reckons Netgear has been fitting its directional Wi-Fi technology to more routers than it ought, and has slapped the company with a patent-infringement suit.
Netgear did have a licence for Ruckus's BeamFlex technology, but only for use in some of its RangeMax routers. Ruckus considers that the RangeMax WPN 824v3 is using the technology without permission, and without paying appropriate royalties.
Smart Wi-Fi, as Ruckus now calls its technology, works by fitting each access point with 12 antennae pointed in different directions. These are used dependent on the location of the device communicating with the access point. This means they're always using a directional antenna - improving range and capacity at the cost of a more expensive access point, as it has to constantly monitor connections and switch between antennae.
Anything that improves Wi-Fi capacity is enormously valuable, and Ruckus has more than 70 patents granted or pending to protect its investment, two of which they say Netgear is breaching. The company is looking for an injunction to stop Netgear selling the product, as well as damages and royalties owed. ®
What the hell are you supposed to be going on about? You are assuming they align along the 3 major axes, noone said they were doing so.
360deg / 12 antennas = 30 degrees each. Sorted.
So shut up trying to sound clever.
I think they are horizonal as such, the first units like this they released had no antennas protruding out of the top.
ye gods. what rot.
as mentioned above, directional antennas, and stacking them using phased array feeding, is nothing new or even technologically advanced - it's pretty medium-complex on the by-hand maths, but computer modelling of phased array masts etc have been around for ages anyhow - some are even freeware. Radio Amateurs know how to stack multiple antennas too, and have done since shortly after Marconi made the hobby popular. The only difference here is probably the use of multiple parabolic aerials, and thats not new either - what have telcos and the television businesses been using for microwave linkages for all these years, after all?
This is getting silly. Interesting, but silly.
Neither, it's meece or meeces. Don't you ever watch Tom and Jerry ? Back to subject. You can make a pretty good directional wifi antenna with an old windscreen wiper motor to steer it. An acoustic mike will log onto your persistant cough and follow you round the room with your PDA or laptop...hey ! Let me out of here ! Who turned the lights off ? Why did that Boeing 777 land short......?