Wireless personal testbeds


octoBox Wireless Testbed

octoBox Personal Testbed and its New Pal

See SmallNetBuilder.com octoBox based test results at: How We Test: The Technology Behind SmallNetBuilder's New Wireless Testbed

octoBox is a small stackable anechoic testbed used for testing wireless devices and systems. It isolates the devices under test from the outside interference and creates a stable environment for achieving repeatable throughput measurements.

Engineers use the octoBox testbed to measure throughput of the new 802.11ac or 4G MIMO devices.

octoBox testbed can also be configured for video over Wi-Fi testing, mesh testing (self-forming, self-healing functions of a mesh), high speed roaming and other wireless tests.

octoBox can be used for testing Wi-Fi, 2G/3G/4G, Bluetooth GPS and other devices.

It offers ideal conditions for multi-stream MIMO throughput and supports the operating frequencies from 700 MHz to 6 GHz.

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Tests Supported by Standard octoBox Testbeds

MIMO-OTA Y Y Y (up to 16 streams)
MU-MIMO, beamforming Y Y Y
Throughput vs. range Y Y Y
Throughput vs. orientation   Y Y
Packet capture (PCAP Wireshark format) Y Y  
Multipath   Y  
Mesh   Y  
Interoperability     Y
Interference Y    
Network load (ACI, CCI) Y Y  
Behavior analysis (e.g. rate adaptation) Y Y  
Mobility/ roaming Y Y  
Receiver performance Y Y Y
Association capacity (vSTA) Y Y  
Multi-channel aggregate throughput Y Y Y
Roaming / band steering Y Y  


  1. Most tests are supported over both Wi-Fi and LTE; LTE instrumentation (e.g. call box) or base station required for LTE testing
    • SNB = SmallNetBuilder.com
    • ACI = adjacent channel interference
    • CCI = co-channel interference
    • DFS = dynamic frequency selection
    • ACS = auto channel selection
    • vSTA = virtual stations