LITTLETON, Mass., Nov. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/
-- octoScope®, the leader in accurate, repeatable and
automated wireless personal testbeds, has announced Tracker™ - a
Wi-Fi test solution that enables recording of an environment such
as a house for playback in the octoBox personal testbed.
As Wi-Fi has become the technology of choice for accessing the
internet, it is used in increasingly rich consumer scenarios.
Wireless gaming, video streaming, and remote work require high
throughput performance, often in the presence of motion. Mesh Wi-Fi
deployments with multiple access points, either in the home or in
the office have unique challenges related to motion that require
optimization. To operate well, it is important that Wi-Fi devices
are connected to the access point that can best serve them. Until
today, the Wi-Fi industry has been lacking a test system that is
able to test the complex steering and load balancing algorithms
The Tracker works by capturing a motion profile while walking
through a house. The user can then replay this walk in an octoBox
testbed to test the performance of wireless devices. Mesh networks,
stations and access points experience the walk in the testbed just
as recorded in the real world.
The solution combines the benefits of real-world testing with
the repeatability that only a controlled testing environment can
deliver. The result is the speed and cost of in-the-lab testing
with the confidence that the test results represent realistic end
user scenarios. The system is especially useful with testing of
mesh networks to study roaming behavior.
Tracker supports replay in any Wi-Fi band, including the 2.4GHz,
5GHz and the new 6GHz bands. It can be used to test any radio
technology operating on these bands including LAA (license assisted
access) and NR-U (new radio in unlicensed spectrum).
The octoScope fieldPal™ can also be used to easily record a walk
in any house or office. The process is simple with only a few
minutes of actual field setup and capture time.
The recording is then imported into the octoBox testbed which
stores it for future testing in a library of virtual test house
"In the octoBox testbed, you can set up any mesh devices on any
frequency bands and with a variety of traffic and interference
patterns. You can then replay the walk for a variety of traffic and
interference scenarios while carefully monitoring the device
roaming behavior and performance," said Leigh Chinitz, octoScope's CTO.
The Tracker™ technology works in octoScope's STACK-MAX testbed
and in subsets of this testbed.
octoScope makes available a library of pre-recorded test houses
for replay in order to test the mesh performance and vital
capabilities such as steering and load balancing.
"The ability to replay motion scenarios recorded in homes across
the world in a controlled testbed is a key enabler for the Wi-Fi
industry. It allows equipment vendors and ISPs to validate the
performance of their mesh systems in the controlled yet real-world
environment of our octoBox testbeds," added Fanny Mlinarsky,
President of octoScope.
For a video demonstrating the power of the Tracker, please
follow this link.
About the octoBox personal wireless testbed
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.
octoScope is the market leader in isolated, repeatable and
automated wireless personal testbeds. Our patented technology
redefines the accuracy, stability, economics and value of
over-the-air wireless testing. The octoBox testbed is configurable
for automated regression test sequences with a range of airlink
conditions and interference scenarios. The octoBox testbeds are
scalable to support a single DUT or multi-node mesh systems under
The testbeds feature powerful technologies to evaluate the
behavior 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.
Janne Linkola, octoScope, 1.401.490.9700,