In simple words, 802.11 refers to various specifications which IEEE has developed for WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) technology. It basically specifies over an air interface between two wireless clients, or between a base station and wireless client delivery protocols. In the 802.11 family there are various specifications such as 802.11, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11e, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad, 802.11r, and 802.11X.
Why do you need 802.11 Testing in Texas?
802.11 testing in Texas is very important because it certifies that your products meet the IEEE specifications. Even if your company has internal quality controls, you still need to subject your products to an independent 802.11 testing. The independent testing can help discover some issues or flaws that your internal quality assurance officers did not notice. Remember that your products are competing with many others out there in the market.
If customers find flaws in your 802.11 WLAN systems, they will complain and that may damage the reputation of your products. Also, an independent testing will reduce the likelihood or possibility of the products that you sell is returned on claims or that they do not perform at all, or do not perform as expected.
In other words, independent 802.11 testing will go a long way in assuring the consumers of the high quality of your products and raising customer satisfaction with them. For comprehensive 802.11 testing you should take your products to professionally qualified and experienced engineers who know how to undertake the necessary tests. Some of the tests that can be performed on the products include the following:
– Transfer Rate
Also referred to as throughput’, the ‘transfer rate’ measures the speed in which data moves between wireless client, router or Access Point, and wired client. In doing this test, the engineers will send a file from one point to the other and then measure the duration it will take, then calculate the results in Megabits per second (Mbps).
For instance, in doing the test Chariot’s Throughput.scr script, which is basically an addition of a send script of Filesndl.scr’s long file, is used for running the test for 1 minute in the real time mode. This test will send 200,000 Bytes data for testing 802.11g of 100,000 bytes data for testing 802.11b and will loop until one minute is over.
The engineers should report average throughput which the test calculates. The higher the throughput numbers, the better the product. In doing 802.11 testing, some other engineers may also use 128 bit WEP enabled for testing the speed of transfer of data between wireless client and AP, and check if there could be any throughput degradation. For the devices that support WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), the engineers may also use a WPA-PSK mode enabled for testing throughput.
– Response Time
This test is used for measuring delay (which is also known as latency or lag) in test set up. Basically, it is what you will measure by using a ping command. Lower response time numbers are better particularly for video or voice applications, and for gaming. However, response time less than 10ms is generally considered good.
– UPD Stream
This test is used for measuring the way in which continuous data stream is handled. It indicates whether users will have trouble watching video program or listening to audio streams. The test can also show poor speed auto ranging algorithm and high bit error rate.
Ensuring that you get proper 802.11 testing in Texas by qualified engineers at an experienced company will provide your clients with peace of mind regarding your products.
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