Wi-Fi 6 Test Methods and Standards Update

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Wi-Fi 6 is a departure in the evolution of Wi-Fi. Other Wi-Fi generations have focused on “high,” “very high,” and soon even “extremely high” throughput. Wi-Fi 6 instead focuses on “high efficiency.” For this reason, testing with multiple users is a must.

Featuring speakers from octoScope, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory and dot11 Labs, this seminar will focus on how testbeds, test methods, and data visualization must be enhanced for meaningful Wi-Fi 6 testing.

Live demos will include tests of Wi-Fi 6 throughput improvements that come from higher order modulations, as well as tests of the multi-user technologies MU-MIMO and OFDMA. We will explain how Wi-Fi 6 testing must now look beyond traditional throughput metrics to meaningful efficiency metrics such as packet latency, jitter, and loss.

Key to the design of octoScope testbeds is our expert analysis, which explains the “why” behind the “what.” For example, “what is causing low throughput” can be determined by examining MCS, streams, bandwidth, etc. Wi-Fi 6 OFDMA technology requires new expert analysis for attributes like RU allocation, per-AID statistics, AP/STA coordination, etc. Demos will show some of these new visualization tools in action.

Finally, the seminar will cover the latest in Wi-Fi standards, including IEEE activity on next-generation technologies, Wi-Fi Alliance work on the new 6 GHz band, and Broadband Forum updates to the TR-398 residential Wi-Fi test.