For network operators, evaluating and comparing multiple Wi-Fi 6 devices can be difficult. Even if an operator knows what they are looking for from a device, the process is often time consuming and expensive, and test results can be tough to analyze. All of this said, there is an easier way for operators to test and evaluate multiple devices at once – conformance testing through a trusted partner. Conformance testing enables operators to effectively evaluate multiple devices through a comprehensive test plan that is consistently applied across each device under test (DUT). At the conclusion of conformance testing, operators will have comprehensive test results and a comparative analysis across the pool of devices under consideration.
Operators benefit from third-party testing at a lab like Kyrio, regardless of what the testing equipment or engineering team looks like. Our team of experts can take on the testing of multiple wireless devices, integrating with operator procurement processes. Read on for more information about the conformance testing process.
5 Easy Steps to Conformance Testing
1.) Develop a test plan
At Kyrio, our customers come first. For this reason, we offer several options for test plan development:
- Kyrio can adopt a test plan to execute on an operator’s behalf
- Kyrio can recommend a test plan
- Kyrio can work with the operator to develop a plan that perfectly fits their requirements
2.) Identify suppliers and OEMs
After deciding on the right test plan, the operator will need to gather a list of the suppliers it wants to participate in testing.
If the operator is releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to these equipment vendors, this is a perfect opportunity to add a requirement for successful completion of testing with Kyrio.
3.) Direct suppliers and OEMs to Kyrio
Kyrio has been trusted to perform conformance testing programs for a number of operators in the past and many suppliers already participate in the process.
Kyrio works directly with suppliers to perform the testing requested by each operator.
4.) Execute test plan
Our experienced engineering team will meticulously and efficiently complete the operator’s conformance test plan.
Utilizing our best-in-class 5,000-square-foot test house facility along with our fully equipped test lab, we will thoroughly vet all devices and configurations.
5.) Receive results
When testing is complete, the operator will not only receive raw test data but also a detailed report with comprehensive analysis.
Raw data outputs are helpful for future troubleshooting and deep dive root-cause-analysis for the vendors, but it’s the Executive Summary and thorough observations that enable deep understanding of the conditions in which a device will or will not perform well.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the comparative report section allows the operator to evaluate how the devices perform in comparison to one another for each test executed.
Benefits for Suppliers
While operators must ultimately make the decision to conduct conformance testing, there are several benefits for suppliers as well:
- Know how a device will be evaluated
When a supplier participates in conformance testing, they know ahead of time exactly how their device will be tested, in which environments and for what outcomes.
- Standard and consistent device evaluation
Suppliers can be assured that all other suppliers participating in the conformance testing will have their devices evaluated in the exact same method, by the same team.
- Access to test reports
Once testing is completed the supplier gains access to the detailed test report and analysis of their device.
No other supplier will have access to this report, only Kyrio and the operator who is organizing the conformance testing.
Testing multiple Wi-Fi 6 devices doesn’t need to be difficult, especially with a trusted partner like Kyrio supporting every step of the way. Want more information? Check out this Wi-Fi 6 test suite.