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Evaluating New IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz Band WLAN Performance using Network Mode

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Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hamada) is very happy to announce that the June-16 launching of its option to expand the capabilities of the provider’s Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A bysupporting test ofIEEE 802.11ax*1 6-GHz band WLAN TRX attributes.

After FCC approval in April 2020 for using this 6-GHz operation band because the very first brand new WLAN frequency group in nearly 20 years, countries globally are beginning apparatus testing and installation. The IEEE 802.11ax WLAN standard modulates this 6-GHz ring as well as also the Wi-Fi Allianceis beginning its Wi-Fi 6E certificate application for IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz apparatus.

The MT8862A was made to rate RF TRX operation of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax WLAN apparatus. In addition, in addition to implementing all 2.4, 5, 5 and 6-GHz group RF TRX dimensions, the MT8862A additionally supports performance tests defined by IEEE 802.11 criteria andOver-The-Air (OTA) performance evaluations characterized by equally CTIA*two and also theWi-Fi Alliance.

By utilizing this alternative, the MT8862A may assess the RF features of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz apparatus using the Network Mode*3 or Immediate Mode*4. Along with shorter test time utilizing the Immediate Mode, the Network Mode eases evaluation under real operation requirements using signaling messages.

While creating this 6-GHz band alternative, Anritsu also additional support for 160-MHzwide stations. Considering that the 6-GHz band covers a 1200-MHz broad operation band, usage of 160-MHz broad channels becomes sensible, which can be predicted to ease loading of higher-definition video along with larger-capacity data than previously possible.

By supporting testing and measurement of 6-GHz band WLAN apparatus and 160-MHz wide stations, Anritsu anticipates its MT8862A to play an integral role in creation of next-generation communications apparatus.

Development Background

Together with the spread of IoT apparatus, WLAN works are being assembled increasingly into more cellular goods, including tablet PCs and tablets, in addition to into home electronic equipment, such as manufacturers and TVs, cars, industrial computers, sensing gear, etc..

On the flip side, communications environments with a high density of WLAN devices are experiencing a lack of communications tools to WLAN connections, leading to challenges like slower communications rates and unstable connections.

Solving these numerous challenges, particularly the lack of communications tools, using the 6-GHz ring can help induce growth of innovative software to market leading-edge industrial growth, which in turn, raises the urgent demand for measuring tools supporting analysis of this RF TRX features of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz ring apparatus.

Anritsu has developed this specific choice to expand the MT8862A works by supporting performance analysis of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz ring apparatus.

Merchandise Review

The Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862Ais Developed to evaluate the RF features of WLAN devices.

It utilizes advanced * Anritsu technologies to rate RF functionality at all chief WLAN standard IEEE 802.11ac/ax data rates now in use.With both the Network and Direct modes, it supports adaptive testing of WLAN apparatus RF TRX attributes (TX electricity, modulation precision *6, RX sensitivity, etc.. ) fitting the dimension atmosphere.

*Japan Patent 2018-207304; US PatentUSA2018-0352606; China Patent CN108988999B

Key Features

■Easy Accurate Measurement using Signaling Mode

The Network Mode*3 supports measurement of RF TRX characteristics under actual operation conditions.As a consequence, it does not require complex operations, such as device control using special commands like those required by the direct mode, making the control line unnecessary.

■Full Setup From Web Browser

The MT8862Ais operated by connecting a PC controller over Ethernet cable.Operation via the PC controller web-browser GUIeliminates the need to configure a measurement environment requiring installation of software and drivers in the instrument.

Target Markets and Applications

■Target Markets

Vendors of smartphones, smart home electronics, automobiles, IoT products, etc.


Tests of WLAN device RF TRX characteristics

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.