802.11ac at Ixia
Digital-content consumption is on a steep rise, with video content expected to reach more than 70 percent of global traffic. The growth in video content and increased reliance on wireless networks is putting stress on existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. As a result, users are prone to experience deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times.
The next generation of the 802.11 standard – known as IEEE 802.11ac – promises to finally break the Ethernet gigabit barrier. This technology will deliver higher bandwidth while retaining better quality of experience (QoE) for end users, and is expected to be adopted rapidly into all markets: residential, enterprise, carrier and large venue.
Residential video streaming, data syncing between mobile devices, and data backup will be some of the first applications for 802.11ac’s faster speeds. Consumers and Enterprises can stream digital media between devices faster, and simultaneously connect more wireless devices. Carriers will deploy the new technology to offload traffic from congested 3G and 4G-LTE cellular networks.
Ixia’s RF3601x is the world’s only test solution capable of testing from the RF layer to the application layer in a single solution. For the first time ever, developers will be able to use the same solution to measure:
- RF transmission characteristics such as EVM and spectral compliance
- RF receiver performance of highly diverse and realistic traffic
- MAC, IP, and layer 4-7 traffic to characterize a fully integrated device’s ability to forward traffic efficiently at rates up to the maximum possible with 802.11ac
- All while applying different RF impairments at layer 1 on a frame-by-frame or client-by-client basis