Wi-Fi 6E traffic endpoint and test device
  • Verify 6GHz using the Pal-6E
  • Quickly and easily verify emerging 802.11ax and legacy Wi-Fi devices in the ideal MIMO-OTA environment that supports MU-MIMO
  • Use multipoint-multipoint traffic while automatically recovering from dropped links during long test sequences
  • Test OFDMA and MU-MIMO simultaneously using a compact octoBox personal testbed
  • Use one or more palBoxes to scale to dozens of OFDMA stations in the testbed
  • Use a smartBox to combine off-the-shelf devices with the built-in Pals
  • Perform root cause analysis of issues using built-in multi-probe synchroSniffing

Pal-6E functions as a traffic endpoint or synchroSniffer probe. It also implements 64 vSTAs (virtual stations) per radio for a total of 265 vSTAs.

The Pal-6E can be supplied stand-alone or built into an octoBox chamber, making that chamber a smartBox.

Pal-6E  supports all the Wi-Fi protocols: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, including the new Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz frequency band. Pal-6E supports STA (station) and AP (access point) modes.

Pal-6E features four 802.11ax radios. The two 5 GHz radios support up to 8×8 MIMO in channels of up to 80 MHz, or 4×4 MIMO in 80+80 or 160 MHz channels. The single 6 GHz radio support up to 4×4 MIMO channels of up to 320 MHz in 6 GHz band.

Pal-6E features two 10 GbE ports, one for traffic and the other for streaming plot statistics and PCAP captures.

Access point testingTo test access point (AP) performance or to emulate a realistic network with multi-station traffic, Pal-6E can emulate up to 256 vSTAs.
Station testingThe Pal-6E radios can be configured as APs so they can be traffic partners to the station under test. The radios can also be used as sniffers, inline sniffers or expert analyzers. Station tests include throughput vs. range vs. orientation, RX sensitivity, data rate adaptation performance, roaming, and more.
synchroSnifferPal-6E can capture and stream packets in PCAP format to Wireshark in real-time. All the Pal radios are synchronized via the Network Time Protocol (NTP) or Precision Time Protocol (PTP). The captures from each radio in the octoBox testbed are combined by the synchroSniffer engine running on the server into a common PCAP stream viewable in the octoScope- customized Wireshark for easy analysis. In this custom Wireshark application, you can identify captures by probe (i.e. Pal radio). Such an aggregate multiprobe view helps analyze complex band steering, roaming and mesh behavior in the presence of motion, interference, path loss, multipath and DUT orientation. synchroSniffing is required for OFDMA – to simultaneously capture traffic on multiple AIDs (association IDs) that are assigned to different RUs (resource units).
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