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octoScope Expands Its Wi-Fi 6 Access Point and Infrastructure Testing Capacity for New Scenarios With High Density of Stations and IoT Devices

octoScope doubles the number of virtual stations supported in all of its testbeds

octoScope, the leader in accurate, repeatable and automated wireless personal testbeds, announces it has doubled the virtual station testing capacity in all of its testbeds.

New Wi-Fi 6 technology emphasizes usage scenarios with hundreds or thousands of devices connecting simultaneously in high density venues such as stadiums, factories, warehouses and office buildings. Similarly, in the home, applications such as Internet of Things (IoT) increases the number of Wi-Fi devices needing simultaneous connectivity.

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A new generation of Wi-Fi test equipment is required to verify performance in usage scenarios with hundreds of devices per access point (AP). Scaling test systems to supporting hundreds of Wi-Fi radios has limits using conventional technologies as issues arise about the size, cost and heat dissipation of the test system. A useful alternative is to use virtual stations.

octoScope now supports 64 virtual stations, vSTAs, per radio in its Wi-Fi instrument, Pal-6. The total number of vSTAs per Pal-6 has doubled from 96 to 192. octoScope’s STACK-MAX testbed with four built-in Pal-6 instruments now supports 768 virtual stations to support important test cases for enterprise APs or consumer IoT scenarios.

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Each vSTA acts as an independent TCP/UDP/ICMP/IP traffic endpoint enabling testing on a mass scale with a variety of independent controllable traffic streams.

“We are excited to support the highest per instrument radio vSTA capacity. Given the focus in high density networks with Wi-Fi 6, this is an important breakthrough that helps our customers test scenarios where performance.

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.

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