Wi-Fi 6 Access Point Emulation for Device Testing

Realistic emulation of multiple APs, including Wi-Fi 6 in various form factors.
  • Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) Multi-AP emulation for device testing
  • Reference AP for device functional and performance testing
  • Wi-Fi 6 features such as 1024QAM, OFDMA. Mu-MIMO, BSS color, TWT, etc. testing
  • WPA/WPA2/WPA3 and Enhanced Open device personal and enterprise security type testing
  • Device stability testing
  • Device interwork testing with legacy mode APs
  • Association processing and timing testing under various authentication selections
  • DHCP performance testing
  • Benchmark or baseline testing for UDP and TCP traffic throughput
  • RFC2544 testing to examine throughput performance vs different packet size
  • DFS testing mode support
  • Rate vs range (RSSI, pathloss) testing

Spirent TestCenter supports the highest performing and most realistic wireless local area network (WLAN) interface emulation for direct functionality and performance testing of WLAN devices with a focus on functional and data traffic throughput.

Spirent TestCenter WLAN Wi-Fi 6 hardware platforms offer multiple Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) access points (APs) emulation with realistic 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax WLAN interfaces, supporting the latest IEEE 802.11ax standard as well as legacy IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

The solution enables users to easily build up a testbed involving the emulated reference APs with a validated golden performance and the devices under test (DUT), a task that was previously one of the most challenging ones in wireless interface testing. The DUTs can be a wide range of portable WLAN devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, Internet of Thing (IoT) devices, etc.

It offers comprehensive, scalable capabilities for lab performance testing or certification testing, for a wide range of Wi-Fi device products. The feasible connections between the emulated APs and DUTs can be either directly RF cabled conductive connection or an Over The Air (OTA) link with antennas mounted for both WLAN functional and data traffic experiment. The solutions cover basic WLAN connectivity, control message, and data throughput testing including advanced Wi-Fi 6 feature such as 1024QAM, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, BSS color, TWT, as well as UDP, TCP traffic, and throughput performance test methodologies for convenient manual trials or fully automated testing.

Spirent TestCenter WLAN Wi-Fi 6 test platforms consist of multiple IEEE 802.11ax radios, providing the maximum user configurability and flexibility to emulate various configured IEEE 802.11ax APs with user selected parameters and capabilities. They deliver best in class functional and traffic generation capabilities for testing functionality, performance, and scalability. They are equipped with both Spirent TestCenter signature traffic and embedded iPerf 2.0 and 3.0 traffic generation, as well as analytical tools for UDP and TCP throughput performance in unidirectional or bi-directional testing.

Performance metrics such as CPU and battery utilization, and impact with the maximum possible throughput can also be examined along with functional, benchmark or baseline performance testing. The platforms are enabled with support for both multi-client or AP emulation on Wi-Fi 6, allowing users to perform back-to-back testing with emulated AP and clients for various Wi-Fi devices.

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