Ruckus ZoneDirector HA Firmware Upgrade

The process to upgrade your Ruckus ZoneDirectors in a Smart-Redundancy (HA) pair is extremely simple.

  1. Login to the shared management interface (or the active ZD)
  2. Navigate to Administer –> Upgrade and browse for the new firmware file on your desktop
  3. Once uploaded, the browse button now says “Upgrade”
  4. Click upgrade, and the active ZD will upgrade the standby ZD first, which will reboot and become the active ZD.  The former active ZD will then upgrade its firmware and reboot to become the standby ZD.
  5. All the AP’s will start upgrading their firmware and reboot

**I would recommend backing up your ZD config first (Administer –> Back up)**

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Optimize Ruckus Configuration

I came across a good post here: https://forums.ruckuswireless.com/ruckuswireless/topics/best_practice_optimization_by_cli_for_zone_director that goes over some CLI configuration changes to optimize your Ruckus setup.  Personally, I changed the bss-minrate and have seen better roaming behavior:

  1. SSH into your ZoneDirector
  2. Verify your current WLAN settings with > show wlan name “wlan name”
  3. Enter config mode with > config
  4. Enter WLAN configuration wtih # wlan “wlan name”
  5. Change the bss-minrate with # bss-minrate 5.5
  6. Then exit and the changes are saved