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Pal-6E

Support for Wi-Fi 6E in octoScope test instruments

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Pal-6E and STApal can both function as traffic endpoints or synchroSniffer probes. Pal-6E also implements 64 vSTAs (virtual stations) per radio for a total of 265 vSTAs. Both Pal-6E and STApals come stand-alone or built into an octoBox chamber, making that chamber a smartBox. The STApal open and Pal-6 open form factors can be used with an antenna system for testing in open air or in a walk-in test chamber. fieldPal implements in a laptop STApal functionality, including sniffing and traffic endpoint.

Pal-6E, STApal and fieldPal support all the Wi-Fi protocols: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax. Pal-6E supports also the new Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz frequency band. Pal-6E supports STA (station) and AP (access point) modes. STApal and fieldPal are OFDMA capabile STAs.


Features

  • 802.11ax up to 8x8 MIMO-OTA transmission
  • 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax radios
  • Pal-6E supports 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E
  • palBox with up to 16 OFDMA STAs and 256 vSTAs; radios configurable for sniffing
  • Wireshark synchroSniffer™ with sniffer probes on 4 Pal-6E and 16 STApal radios
  • smartBox and smartBox-STA housing real devices with integrated Pal instruments
  • multiperf® multi-point to multipoint traffic with managed traffic endpoints
  • Complete isolation from outside interference
  • REST API for test automation

Benefits

  • Verify 6GHz using the Pal-6E
  • Quickly and easily verify emerging 802.11ax and legacy Wi-Fi devices in the ideal MIMO-OTA environment that supports MU-MIMO
  • Use multipoint-multipoint traffic while automatically recovering from dropped links during long test sequences
  • Test OFDMA and MU-MIMO simultaneously using a compact octoBox personal testbed
  • Use one or more palBoxes to scale to dozens of OFDMA stations in the testbed
  • Use a smartBox to combine off-the-shelf devices with the built-in Pals
  • Perform root cause analysis of issues using built-in multi-probe synchroSniffing

Based on the latest 6 GHz capable 802.11ax chipset and with fine controls at the firmware and driver level, Pal-6E can function as an off-the-shelf device or as a precision test instrument. For example, to test band steering, Pal-6E can function at a set data rate, bandwidth and number of streams (Nss). To test receiver sensitivity, Pal-6E can operate at a fixed modulation coding scheme (MCS).

Pal-6E features four 802.11ax radios. The two 5 GHz radios support up to 8x8 MIMO in channels of up to 80 MHz, or 4x4 MIMO in 80+80 or 160 MHz channels. The single 6 GHz radio support up to 4x4 MIMO channels of up to 320 MHz in 6 GHz band. Pal-6E features two 10 GbE ports, one for traffic and the other for streaming plot statistics and PCAP captures.

Pal-6E smartBox subsystem

PAL-6 OPEN

Use the stand-alone Pal-6 open in a walk-in isolation chamber or in an open-air test environment, such as the test house.

All the RF connectors for the Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth radios are on the front panel for direct connections into the testbed. Antenna brackets can be mounted to connect octoScope’s high gain antennas or dipole antennas for open air testing.

Pal-6E open

Pal-6E open module