Just because your Wi-Fi router complies with 802.11 standards and has passed interoperability tests doesn't mean that you'll be happy with its performance. That's why the Broadband Forum is developing WT-398. When approved, WT-398 will specify tests for Wi-Fi router performance. In parallel with that document's development, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) has announced testing services for Wi-Fi performance. 

The impetus for WT-398, which is not yet available publicly, came from service providers that deliver internet access and provide either Wi-Fi routers that are either integrated with gateways or are separate units. "Service providers found themselves providing support for home networking issues," said UNH-IOL senior engineer Lincoln Lavoie in an interview with EE Times. "The problem stems from so many devices now being connected to a home router." 

 

MATsolutions' insight:

 

"In addition to fairness and quality of service, test plans will cover interference from other devices such as ZigBee and Bluetooth that use the same unlicensed 2.4 GHz channels as Wi-Fi. Plus, there is the issue of many 802.11 routers covering any given area."

 

 

The WT-398 standard is up for a vote and the release is expected by the end of June. 


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