WLAN / Wi-Fi

Munich 21-Feb-2017

Rohde & Schwarz is the first to add IEEE 802.11ac signaling to its radio communication tester

The R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester now emulates WLAN networks in line with the IEEE 802.11ac standard. The established test platform thus supports all current cellular and non-cellular wireless standards. Just a single test instrument covers all tests required for components with multiple integrated wireless interfaces – including interoperability tests.

Many manufacturers of WLAN components limit their device and component testing to conventional WLAN access points. But this doesn't allow, for example, coexistence tests on devices that simultaneously communicate over WLAN and other wireless technologies. If users have unlimited access to the protocol stack, as provided by the new R&S CMW-KS656 software option, they can easily eliminate incompatibilities. The ability to upgrade the stack to meet future requirements makes it a safe investment.

In signaling mode, users can now use the R&S CMW radio communication tester to analyze more than the RF characteristics of transmitters and receivers. They can test applications and the speed of a WLAN connection under realistic conditions in accordance with the IEEE 802.11ac standard.

Interoperability tests with just one test instrument

The R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester can be used to analyze even very complex sequences, for instance to measure LTE-WLAN traffic offloading or analyze coexistence interference in the DUT. Coexistence interference should to be eliminated as far as possible. It can occur when multiple wireless technologies are operated in parallel, such as when WLAN and a mobile network are both enabled on a smartphone or tablet. These test scenarios help developers and designers resolve in early product development phases issues that could later have a significant impact on market success.

The R&S CMW-KS656 software option can now be ordered from Rohde & Schwarz. For more information, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/product/cmw500.

Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate its IEEE 802.11ac signaling solution at Mobile World Congress in hall 6, booth #6C40: www.rohde-schwarz.com/mwc.

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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