octoScope Adds octoPal 802.11 partner device for wireless testing

Littleton, MA (PRWEB). octoScope’s new octoPal partner device enables a compact yet fully featured and completely isolated wireless testbed, PAL, for performing tests including MIMO OTA (multiple input multiple output over the air) throughput, receiver sensitivity, data rate adaptation, and band steering. octoPal can be used stand-alone or with octoScope’s octoBox MIMO-OTA wireless testbed.

Combined with the octoBox test chamber and iGen interference generator, octoPal serves as a key building block of octoScope’s new PAL benchtop wireless testbed. PAL’s small form factor facilitates wireless testing for engineers who today have limited access to large and expensive wireless test chambers.

Based on the most popular 802.11ac chipset, but with fine controls at the firmware level, octoPal can function as a real device or as a precision test instrument. For example, octoPal can be used to test high-performance MIMO-OTA routers, but can also be configured to function as a typical smartphone or as a legacy 802.11a/b/g/n device, operate at a fixed modulation coding scheme (MCS) to test RX sensitivity, perform in-depth protocol monitoring and analysis, and many other powerful tests.

For MIMO throughput measurements, octoPal comes preconfigured with traffic endpoints, including iperf2, iperf3, IxChariot, and AT4-Agent.

“octoPal is a flexible Wi-Fi emulator that can simplify throughput test configurations and can already be used with AT4 wireless performance tool,” said Janie Baños, CTO at AT4 wireless S.A.U., a DEKRA company.

The octoBox wireless testbed accurately emulates real-world home environment, including interference, path loss, multipath and motion. This video overview of the octoBox testbed provides details.

All building blocks of the octoBox testbed, including test modules such as iGen, quadAtten and the new octoPal, are isolated from outside interference with care taken to filter power and data connections.

“Complete isolation and measurement repeatability is necessary to recreate challenging traffic and interference conditions in order to accurately diagnose issues with complex wireless technologies,” said Olga Yashkova, program manager, communications, Test & Measurement Practice, Measurement & Instrumentation, Frost & Sullivan. Through automated configuration of traffic, interference, path loss, and multipath in the octoBox, network engineers can turn weeks of testing into hours while finding and fixing more issues.

“With the addition of octoPal, the octoBox testbed now offers a benchtop configuration, PAL, for testing MIMO-OTA performance, roaming and coexistence,” said Fanny Mlinarsky, President of octoScope.

octoBox is being used by wireless operators, device manufacturers, and chipset vendors to test Wi-Fi, LTE, ZigBee, Bluetooth, and other wireless technologies. With its complete isolation and consistent test environment in labs around the world, the octoBox solution is highly-praised by its diverse users.

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