The team at Ruckus Wireless recently had an opportunity to visit a Lennar smart home. Wendy Stanton for Ruckus describes the experience and how Ruckus and Lennar are working together to create a truly connected home.
Smart homes utilize connected technologies to provide conveniences for the modern family. Connected appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio and video systems, security and camera systems communicate with multiple devices and can be controlled from any room in the home, remotely by a mobile device, and Amazon Alexa or from a timer. With Wi-Fi Alliance rolling out its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ home designs last week, the connected home has officially hit the speed ramp and we’ll soon see connected homes going mainstream.
Speaking of which, in a recent visit to a Lennar home, I got to experience a smart home in action. Lennar is the nation’s leading home builder known for its “Everything’s Included” offering—meaning what you see is what you get, including fast, reliable Wi-Fi. The part we’re most excited about is that each of these homes is fully equipped with Ruckus Unleashed™ access points (APs) for Wi-Fi and an ICX® Ethernet switch. Using heat maps to individually analyze each home’s floor plan, Lennar strategically places Wi-Fi APs to ensure the best coverage. Unleashed, our affordable wireless LAN solution, is deployed in minutes, making it ideal for a national homebuilder like Lennar. The company builds tens of thousands of homes every year, and Unleashed is available at an affordable price, making it perfect for a large-scale residential installation.
The ICX switch’s power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and power-over-Ethernet-plus (PoE+) make powering of these high-capacity APs and other devices along with data connection easy. The ICX switch offers simplified management, a compact size and silent operation, allowing it to easily blend in with the design of the home without disruption. The two products together create the perfect marriage to provide each Lennar home with high-performance—yet flexible and reliable—Smart Wi-Fi technology.