Testbed for automated Wi-Fi 6 test

Testbed for automated Wi-Fi 6 test

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By Nick Flaherty

Testbed developer octoScope has launched a system for automated Wi-Fi 6 test of access point (AP) and station (STA) devices.

octoScope ships its STACK-WFA pre-configured with built-in AP and STA devices for testing Wi-Fi 6 features. Servers, such as RADIUS, needed for feature testing are included with the testbed, so the  testbed is usable out of the box.

“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers advanced security and features for improved network efficiency and lower latency, making it ideal for demanding real-time applications such as voice, video conferencing and gaming,” said Kevin Robinson, VP of Marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance. “New test offerings, such as octoScope’s STACK-WFA, will help the industry prepare for the certification process and improve device interoperability in the field.”

“With the addition of Wi-Fi 6 testing, the octoBox personal testbed now includes hundreds of new automated test cases to help our customers verify interoperability and functionality of their devices. Members of the Wi-Fi Alliance may work with our engineers to install the system and train new users in 1-2 days in order to test Wi-Fi 6 features and prepare for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 testing,” said Fanny Mlinarsky, President of octoScope.  

The stackable and configurable octoBox personal testbeds are completely isolated from external interference and can be used at an engineer’s office or lab bench.

Each octoBox testbed is controlled by a dedicated Node.js web server accessible via a browser UI for manual control, or via REST API for test automation. The server provides the time base for the testbed and controls the built-in instruments, DUT configuration, traffic, and test flow. Test results are saved in a MongoDB database, enabling multiple teams to easily collaborate by sharing the test automation scripts and test results.

The octoBox testbed is configurable for automated regression test sequences with a range of airlink conditions and interference scenarios and is scalable to support a single DUT or multi-node mesh systems under test, evaluating the behaviour and performance of a broad range of wireless devices and systems. The tested capabilities include protocol monitoring, test traffic generation, motion and multipath emulation, interference generation and device emulation.

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