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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN Access Controllers Application Identification, Smart Roaming, and Easy Operation & Management

Document number: 219133
Release Date: 28 Oct 2019

With the development of smart devices, more and more applications are running over the wireless network. To improve the security and network resource management, administrators require visible application traffic statistics and application-based control. Huawei WLAN Access Controllers (ACs) provides the Application Identification function to support visible management and control of Layer 4 to 7 network attributes.

In the multi-AP environment, some clients may remain associated to the initially-connected AP even after the clients have moved and the signal has become degraded. Huawei Access Controllers support the Smart Roaming function to assist roaming clients in finding the best available AP for better single-user and overall network performance.

Huawei WLAN Access Controllers provide a built-in Web network management interface to support service deployment, network status monitoring, and problem intelligent diagnosis.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) WLAN 接入点 性能评估和功能验证

Document number: 219151ZH
Release Date: 28 Oct 2019

随着 Wi-Fi 6 标准的正式启用,支持 Wi-Fi 6 标准的终端设备会加速普及。相较 Wi-Fi 5 标准,Wi-Fi 6 标准的 WLAN 接入点(AP)提供更大的带宽、更高的并发用户数、以及更低的时延。

华为技术有限公司委托 Tolly 评估其 Wi-Fi 6 接入点 AP7060DN、AirEngine 5760-10 以及 AirEngine 5760S-10 的性能、容量、互联互通和物联网 (IoT) 集成能力。华为 WLAN 接入点 AP7060DN 是 Tolly 测试的首个 Wi-Fi 6 接入点,也是迄今为止 Tolly 评估的最快的无线接入点。

性能测试显示,AP7060DN 单 Wi-Fi 6 终端吞吐量为 3.5Gbps;两个 AP7060DN 接入点之间在 5GHz 射频上的桥接吞吐量为 3.8Gbps;AP7060DN 支持 400 个并发 Wi-Fi 6 用户的多媒体应用;相较 Wi-Fi 5 接入点,AP7060DN 将多个 Wi-Fi 5 终端的吞吐量提升了 15%,单 AP 可提供 1,024 的用户容量。同时,测试证明了华为 Wi-Fi 6 AP 可以兼容所有早期 Wi-Fi 标准的终端,提供物联网应用集成能力、VR 加速、以及针对 AGV 小车的漫游优化。
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) WLAN Access Point Performance Evaluation and Feature Validation

Document number: 219151
Release Date: 28 Oct 2019

With the official launch of the Wi-Fi 6 standard, future-proof WLAN infrastructure should be Wi-Fi 6 compatible. Comparing to Wi-Fi 5 WLAN access points (APs), Wi-Fi 6 APs provide greater bandwidth, higher concurrent users, lower latency and other benefits.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance, capacity, interoperability and IoT integration of its Wi-Fi 6 access points (AP7060DN, AirEngine 5760-10, and AirEngine 5760S-10). The Huawei AP7060DN is the first Wi-Fi 6 access point tested by Tolly and is the fastest access point evaluated by Tolly to date.

Performance tests on the AP7060DN access point showed single-client throughput of 3.5Gbps with a Wi-Fi 6 client, bridging throughput of 3.8Gbps between two AP7060DN access points on the 5GHz radio, multimedia application support for 400 concurrent Wi-Fi 6 users, user capacity of 1,024 users, as well as a 15% performance improvement for multiple Wi-Fi 5 clients communicating with the new, Wi-Fi 6 AP. Tests also demonstrated Huawei Wi-Fi 6 APs’ interoperability with all previous generation Wi-Fi clients, IoT application integration, VR acceleration, and auto guided vehicle (AGV) roaming optimization.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为无线控制器 应用识别,智能漫游和便捷运维管理功能验证

Document number: 219133zh
Release Date: 28 Oct 2019

随着智能终端的发展,越来越多的应用在无线网络中使用。为了增强无线网络的安全性和资源管理,管理员们需要可视化的应用统计及基于应用的管理。华为无线控制器内置应用识别功能,支持对4-7层应用进行可视化管理和控制。

在多AP的高密环境,部分终端在移动后,尽管关联的AP信号质量已经变差,依然不发生漫游.

华为无线控制器支持智能漫游功能,协助终端接入信号质量最优的AP,提升单用户体验提升整个无线网络的性能。
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei CloudCampus Solution AI-Powered Intelligent Radio Calibration on iMaster NCE (CampusInsight) Intelligent Radio Calibration Verification

Document number: 219142
Release Date: 14 Sep 2019

Intelligence is becoming a key requirement of networks, especially for wireless ones. However, O&M — a critical part of network operations — is often not intelligent enough and encounters issues such as low calibration efficiency, proneness to errors, and lack of comprehensive network situation awareness. The application of AI to networks helps tackle these pressing issues. With AI, networks can be trained and analyzed based on big data about the network situation and user behavior, implementing intelligent decision-making and proactive network optimization.

Huawei has commissioned Tolly, an independent test lab and provider of third-party validation services, to independently test the intelligent radio calibration feature of the Huawei iMaster NCE (CampusInsight), hereinafter referred to as CampusInsight. The test items are as follows:

Real-time simulation feedback for campus WLANs to assist network deployment: Evaluating the effect of intelligent radio calibration on channel calculation and simulation feedback of WLAN APs in seconds;

Predictive calibration for campus WLANs to assist network O&M: Evaluating the effect of intelligent radio calibration by identifying edge APs and predicting the AP load with historical data.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为智简园区网络 iMaster NCE (CampusInsight) AI 加持的智能调优 智能无线射频调优特性功能验证

Document number: 219142ZH
Release Date: 14 Sep 2019

智能化是未来网络发展的必然趋势,运维优化作为网络运营中的重要环节,面临调优效率低、易出错且效果片面等问题,迫切需要引入 AI 技术,根据复杂的网络情况、用户行为等大数据进行训练分析,提供智能决策,持续主动优化网络。

华为技术有限公司委托 Tolly 独立评估华为智简园区网络解决方案 iMaster NCE (CampusInsight) 网络分析器(以下简称 CampusInsight)智能无线射频调优能力在网络部署和运营中进行实时仿真反馈和预测性调优,测试内容包括:

园区无线网络的实时仿真反馈:CampusInsight 智能无线射频调优如何秒级实现园区网络 WLAN AP 的信道自动计算和仿真反馈,给出最佳调优建议;

园区无线网络的预测性调优:CampusInsight 智能无线射频调优如何基于历史数据的分析识别边缘 AP、预测 AP 的负载趋势,进行无线网络的预测性调优并查看调优前后的增益对比。
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN AP2000 Series and AP4000 Series Access Points Feature Validation and Performance Evaluation

Document number: 219106
Release Date: 20 Aug 2019

With the onset of the big data era, Wi-Fi coverage is increasingly demanded by users everywhere. As one of the leading vendors in wireless communications technology, Huawei launched a series of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points (APs) and solutions to meet coverage requirements of different markets.

Wall Plate Access Points AP2050DN/AP2050DN-E/AP2051DN/AP2051DN-E/AP5510-W-GP: Suitable for hotel rooms, student dorms, hospital wards, offices and other small and high density room scenarios.

Access Points AP4050DN/AP4050DN-E/AP4050DE-M/AP4051DN/AP4151DN: Suitable for medium and small businesses, airports, bus or train stations, stadiums, cafes, recreation centers, and other. business environment.

Three-radio-band access point AP4051TN: Suitable for eClassrooms, conference rooms, and other environment with large burst traffic.

Tolly engineers evaluated Huawei access points’ performance and features in multiple scenarios and compared them with Aruba, Cisco, H3C and Ruckus devices.
Wireless LANs
Linksys, Inc. Linksys MR8300 Mesh Gaming WiFi AC2200 MU-MIMO Router Comparative Wi-Fi Gaming Performance

Document number: 219124
Release Date: 13 Aug 2019

With gaming, milliseconds matter. In an online battle game like PUBG, Fortnite or Wangzhe Rongyao, delay can be deadly. The Linksys MR8300 mesh gaming Wi-Fi router provides two 5GHz radios so that gaming clients can have a dedicated high performance 5GHz radio and avoid competing the bandwidth with other devices (4K TV, live streaming, Internet browsing, etc.) which are connected to the other 5GHz radio.

Linksys, Inc. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the gaming performance of the Linksys MR8300 and compare that to the performance of the ASUS RT-AC86U and the NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500. The Linksys MR8300 demonstrated up to 93% lower ping time (network latency) than the competing products in a multi-user environment.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei Campus Network Solution Interoperability with Aruba ClearPass for Network Access Control

Document number: 219126
Release Date: 30 Jul 2019

Campus network’s access become more complex with the exponential growth of different kinds of mobile devices. When enterprises deploy new network equipment, one key requirement will be new equipment’s interoperability with existing Network Access Control (NAC) solutions for user endpoints’ secure access.

Huawei commissioned Tolly to verify its campus network solution’s interoperability with the Aruba ClearPass, a third-party NAC solution. The Huawei campus network solution includes the WLAN solution which uses the Huawei WLAN access controller as the NAC policy enforcement point for Wi-Fi users, and the Ethernet switch solution which uses the Huawei S Series campus switch as the NAC policy enforcement point for wired users. Tests covered user/endpoint authentication (802.1X, MAC and portal), device management authentication (TACACS), authorization, CoA, endpoint profiling, BYOD, posture assessment, guest lifecycle management and Mobile Device Management (MDM). With the Huawei access controller and the Huawei S Series campus switches as NAC policy enforcement points, the Huawei campus network solution passed all test cases to interoperate with the Aruba ClearPass.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei CloudEngine S-Series Campus Switch Interoperability with IP Phones, WLAN Access Points and IP Cameras

Document number: 219132
Release Date: 30 Jul 2019

Huawei CloudEngine S-Series campus switches are developed upon Huawei’s high performance Versatile Routing Platform (VRPv5) firmware.

Tolly engineers evaluated Huawei CloudEngine S-Series switches’ interoperability with IP phones, WLAN access points and IP cameras from Huawei and third-party vendors for PoE and service connectivity.
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Samsung Electronics Samsung Guest Analytics Comparative Analysis of Integrated Wireless LAN Guest Analytics vs. Aruba (HPE), Cisco Meraki & Ruckus Networks

Document number: 219103
Release Date: 29 Apr 2019

Providing wireless LAN (WLAN) guest access is a requirement for virtually every public space including retail malls, sports & entertainment complexes, hotels and other hospitality venues. Each WLAN guest also represents untapped potential. Potential for dialogue, interaction and, ultimately, increased sales. To convert that potential to revenue requires a feature-rich and easy-to-use guest analytics solution.

Samsung Electronics America commissioned Tolly to evaluate the key requirements of a guest analytics solution and compare the branded offerings from four prominent WLAN infrastructure providers: Samsung, Aruba, Cisco Meraki, and Ruckus Networks. (See Table 2 for details of the solutions evaluated.)

Tests show that only Samsung Guest Analytics (hereafter often referred to as SGA) provides the full set of analytics and tools needed to inform marketing managers of guest venue activities, provide for easy onboarding and allow for active engagement through a variety of means. Use of its tools is very easy. No need for programming. Step-by- step templates allow marketing staff to run powerful campaigns to drive more business results with their target users.
Wireless LANs
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Podcast: Wi-Fi 6 with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise & Tolly

Document number: 219120
Release Date: 02 Apr 2019

Tolly Group Founder Kevin Tolly hosts an eleven-minute podcast discussing Wi-Fi 6 technology with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

The podcast is part of our wireless LAN series “Wi-Fi 6: What’s Different, and Why it Matters”. In this series of podcasts we’ll hear from leading technology vendors about what to expect with this new generation technology known as Wi-Fi 6.

Kevin is joined by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Subash Bohra, WLAN Product Line Manager. Find out Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's perspective on Wi-Fi 6 wireless and what users can expect from the technology and what applications and environments will benefit from Wi-Fi 6.

Download is in mp4 format.
Wireless LANs
Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. Ruijie Networks Public Cloud Solution (Ruijie Cloud) Cloud Functionality and Comparative Access Point 2x2 Client Performance Evaluation versus Ubiquiti Networks and Huawei

Document number: 219101
Release Date: 21 Feb 2019

In wireless LAN (WLAN) environments, performance is limited by the capability of the client stations. Most clients deployed today possess 2x2 or 1x1 spatial stream capabilities and, thus, cannot take full advantage of access points (APs) that might offer 3x3 capabilities. It is instructive to benchmark AP throughput capabilities when used with legacy 2x2 or 1x1 clients.

Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance and features of several APs from their 802.11ac Wave 2 AP700 product line along with APs from Ubiquiti Networks and Huawei. Specifically, Tolly tested the Ruijie RG-AP710, RG-AP720-L and RG-AP730-L. These APs were compared to the Ubiquiti UniFI UAP-AC-LR and UAP-AC-PRO as well as the Huawei AP4051TN with various APs used in various test scenarios.

The Ruijie APs demonstrated better performance than competing solutions in nearly every test scenario in tests of video streaming, 2x2 TCP performance, long-range performance and roaming. Additionally, Ruijie demonstrated a feature-rich cloud management platform.
Wireless LANs
Redpine Signals, Inc. IoT Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Power Consumption Redpine Signals vs Cypress Semiconductor, Qualcomm Tech. & Texas Instruments

Document number: 218146
Release Date: 24 Jan 2019

The ever-growing Internet of Things (IoT) relies heavily on battery power. Unlike mobile phones and tablets, IoT devices such as doorbells, smart locks and remote sensors cannot easily be recharged. Other devices like wearables have very small battery sizes imposing tighter power constraints. Thus, prolonging battery life by minimizing power consumption becomes a critical concern in IoT.

Redpine Signals commissioned Tolly to evaluate two of their IoT SoCs, the RS9116 and the RS14100 and compare their power consumption with competing IoT offerings from Cypress Semiconductor, Qualcomm Technologies and Texas Instruments. Tests run in an RF chamber included Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) scenarios and benchmarked power consumption in Wi-Fi Standby Associated Mode, while running a secure TCP stack (with and without co-channel traffic) and in a multi-protocol scenario using BLE.

The power consumption of the Redpine Signals solutions was dramatically lower than the competition in every test scenario.
Wireless LANs
Nokia Nokia WiFi Comparative Wireless LAN Performance

Document number: 218143
Release Date: 02 Jan 2019

Tolly benchmarked the Wi-Fi throughput of Nokia WiFi against other leading brands sold directly to consumers. To provide realistic data, testing was performed in a two-story, single-family house. Tests included multi-AP mesh scenarios with 10 clients distributed throughout the home. Wireless LANs
NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR Insight Pro Comparison of Deployment Architectures & Solutions for Service Providers and Multi-Location Businesses

Document number: 218133
Release Date: 08 Oct 2018

SMBs often employ Value Added Resellers and MSPs to provide them with networking services because many do not have internal IT resources. Many businesses are structured to have regional offices that oversee activities at many, individual retail locations. These businesses include gas stations, fast food, clothing stores and many others. Regardless of the type of business, they have many common needs. They all want and need feature-rich Wi-Fi and wired networking. And, because few have on-site IT staff, they need systems that are easy to install and manage remotely.

NETGEAR commissioned Tolly to evaluate its Insight Pro small business solution and compare it to offerings from Ubiquiti Networks and Zyxel. Tests showed the NETGEAR solution to be demonstrably superior to the alternatives, offering, in part: 1) an architecture designed for multi-customer, multi-location businesses, 2) simple and flexible setup, 3) highly-functional cloud portal, 4) full-fledged management via a mobile app, 5) controller-free site solution, and business-class NAS.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为WLAN AP6052DN/AP7052DN/AP7052DE/AP7152DN无线接入点(AP) 功能验证及性能评估

Document number: 218116ZH
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

随着大数据时代的发展,无线WiFi覆盖需求越来越广。华为作为无线通信技术的领导厂商之一,陆续推出了支持802.11ac wave2标准的,高端室内无线接入点产品和解决方案,适用于企业办公和教育等场景。

AP6052DN、AP7052DN、AP7052DE和AP7152DN是华为推出的802.11ac Wave 2室内高端款型无线接入点,支持4*4 MIMO和4条空间流。其中AP6052DN、AP7052DN和AP7152DN支持2.4GHz/5GHz射频切换以实现双5G射频;AP7052DE支持智能天线;AP7152DN采用外置天线;AP7052DN和AP7152DN支持物联网应用。

Tolly评估了AP6052DN、AP7052DN、AP7052DE和AP7152DN的相关性能和功能,并与思科和Aruba同类型AP进行了对比。
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为WLAN AP2050DN/AP2050DN-E/AP4050DN/AP4051DN/AP4151DN/AP4051TN无线接入点(AP) 功能验证及性能评估

Document number: 218115ZH
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

随着大数据时代发展,无线WiFi覆盖需求越来越多,华为基于不同场景推出了系列化无线AP满足不同场景覆盖需求:

面板AP2050DN/AP2050DN-E: 适用于酒店客房、学生宿舍、医院病房、小型办公室等房间体积较小,房间密集型场景;

放装AP4050DN/AP4051DN/AP4151DN:适合部署在中小型企业、机场车站、体育场馆、咖啡厅、休闲中心等商业环境;

三射频AP4051TN:适合部署在普教电子教室、会议室等流量突发场景。 Tolly工程师在多个场景对上述设备进行了性能和功能评估,并与思科和Aruba的同类型设备进行了对比。
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd 华为WLAN AP8050DN/AP8150DN/AP8082DN/AP8182DN 功能验证及性能评估

Document number: 218114ZH
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

随着大数据时代的发展,无线WiFi覆盖不论室内室外,需求越来越广。华为作为无线通信技术的领导厂商之一,陆续推出了支持802.11ac wave2标准的室外无线接入点产品和解决方案。 Tolly评估了华为802.11ac Wave 2室外AP的相关性能和功能,被测设备包括:AP8050DN、AP8150DN、AP8082DN和AP8182DN。

华为室外款型AP8050DN、AP8150DN、AP8082DN和AP8182DN适用于高密场馆、广场、步行街、游乐场等人流密集覆盖场景。

AP8082DN和AP8182DN是华为推出的802.11ac Wave 2室外高端款型无线接入点,支持4*4 MIMO和4条空间流。其中AP8182DN支持2.4GHz/5GHz射频切换以实现双5G射频。

AP8050DN和AP8150DN是华为推出的802.11ac Wave 2室外无线接入点,支持2*2 MIMO和2条空间流。其中AP8150DN支持2.4GHz/5GHz射频切换以实现双5G射频。
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN AP6052DN/AP7052DN/AP7052DE/AP7152DN Access Points Feature Validation and Performance Evaluation

Document number: 218116
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

With development of the big data era, Wi-Fi coverage is increasingly demanded. As one of the leading vendors in wireless communications technology, Huawei launches a series of 802.11ac Wave 2 high end wireless access points (APs) and solutions to meet coverage requirements of enterprise and education markets.

AP6052DN, AP7052DN, AP7052DE and AP7152DN are high end 802.11ac Wave 2 APs which support 4x4 MIMO and 4 spatial streams. Particularly, AP6052DN, AP7052DN and AP7152DN support 2.4GHz/5GHz switchover to provide dual 5GHz radios; AP7052DE supports smart antennas; AP7152DN uses external antennas; AP7052DN and AP7152DN supports Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Tolly engineers evaluated Huawei AP6052DN, AP7052DN, AP7052DE and AP7152DN’s performance and features with comparison to APs from Cisco and Aruba.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN AP2050DN/AP2050DN-E/ AP4050DN/AP4051DN/AP4151DN/AP4051TN Access Points Feature Validation and Performance Evaluation

Document number: 218115
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

With development of the big data era, Wi-Fi coverage is increasingly demanded. As one of the leading vendors in wireless communications technology, Huawei launches a series of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points (APs) and solutions to meet coverage requirements of different markets.

Panel Access Points AP2050DN/AP2050DN-E: Suitable for hotel rooms, student dorms, hospital wards, offices and other small and high density room scenarios;

Access Point AP4050DN/AP4051DN/AP4151DN: Suitable for medium and small businesses, airports, bus or train stations, stadiums, cafes, recreation centers, and other. business environment.

Tolly engineers evaluated Huawei access points’ performance and features in multiple scenarios and compared them with Cisco and Aruba devices.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN AP8050DN/AP8150DN/AP8082DN/AP8182DN Outdoor Wireless Access Points Feature Validation and Performance Evaluation

Document number: 218114
Release Date: 27 Aug 2018

With development of the big data era, Wi-Fi coverage is increasingly demanded for both indoor and outdoor areas. As one of the leading vendors in wireless communications technology, Huawei launches a series of 802.11ac Wave 2 outdoor wireless access points (APs) and solutions.

Tolly evaluated Huawei 802.11ac Wave 2 outdoor APs’ performance and features. APs under test include: AP8050DN, AP8150DN, AP8082DN and AP8182DN. These models are ideal for high user density outdoor scenarios, such as stadiums, plazas, shopping streets, theme parks, etc.

AP8082DN and AP8182DN are Huawei’s high end outdoor 802.11ac Wave 2 APs with 4x4 MIMO and 4 spatial streams. Specifically, AP8182DN supports 2.4GHz/5GHz band switchover to provide dual 5GHz radios.

AP8050DN and AP8150DN are Huawei’s standard outdoor 802.11ac Wave 2 APs with 2x2 MIMO and 2 spatial streams. Specifically, AP8150DN supports 2.4GHz/5GHz band switchover to provide dual 5GHz radios.
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Samsung Electronics Samsung WLAN vs. Ubiquiti Networks, Ruckus Networks & Cisco Meraki Enterprise-Class Wireless LAN Performance Comparison

Document number: 218111
Release Date: 02 May 2018

Wireless LANs (WLANs) are an essential element of virtually every business. Whether deployed in corporate offices, retail environments, high-density venues or elsewhere, WLAN solutions need to deliver high-performance, intelligent traffic management and be resilient.

Samsung Electronics commissioned Tolly to evaluate the key capabilities of its latest 802.11ac WEA512i access point (AP) - which provides the best price/performance ratio to businesses; and compares that to similar APs from Ubiquiti Networks, Ruckus Networks and Cisco Meraki. Tests included: 5 GHz performance, quality-of-experience (QoE) when handling voice, video and data traffic, client capacity, and roaming.

The Samsung WEA512i delivered results better than Cisco Meraki and Ruckus Networks in every test and better than Ubiquiti Networks in all tests except one.
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The Tolly Group WLAN Benchmarking Best Practices for Performance

Document number: 218502
Release Date: 05 Apr 2018

Mobile and business users expect and demand WLAN connectivity that is both highperformance and reliable. The best way to assure good performance is to benchmark your WLAN infrastructure before deployment. Only then will you be able to have full confidence in your WLAN solution.

WLAN technology is standards-based and, thankfully, interoperability is rarely seen as an issue. It is expected that every WLAN environment will include access points (APs) and client hardware and software from a variety of vendors. Generally, deployments will see a mix of different generations of WLAN client hardware with different capabilities. .

In these pages, Tolly will outline how WLAN solutions can be evaluated empirically before deployment so that the most appropriate solution can be selected and unpleasant, post-deployment “surprises” can be avoided.

The price of $295.00 is for an end-user license of the WLAN Performance Benchmarking Best Practices report. To purchase please contact sales@tolly.com.

For IT vendor licensing of the WLAN Performance Benchmarking Best Practices report please contact sales@tolly.com.

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Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. Ruijie Satellite AP Solution Performance Evaluation vs. New H3C Group

Document number: 216154
Release Date: 20 Dec 2016

The advent of high-availability wireless has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. In larger offices, however, the wireless throughput will decrease as users move further away from the access point (AP). So-called “Satellite” AP solutions provide an economical way of extending the reach of a master AP.

Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their RG-AP520-I(SR) Satellite AP solution and the RG-AP720-I 802.11ac Wave 2 master AP. The RGAP520- I(SR) Satellite AP Solution includes one Ruijie RG-AP520-I(G2) master AP and one RG-MAP552(SR) satellite AP. The two APs act as one AP in terms of management and support 4 radios (two 2.4GHz and two 5GHz). Performance was compared to a single-AP solution from H3C. The Ruijie Satellite AP solution outperformed the H3C solution in throughput, coverage and video delivery tests.
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Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. Ruijie Networks i-Share+ WLAN Solution Performance Evaluation vs Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex R71

Document number: 216152
Release Date: 30 Nov 2016

The advent of high-availability wireless has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within a building complex. High-density environments are especially challenging as user demand is high and walls and other objects can impede signals. Ruijie Networks has developed a hierarchical WLAN system that is well-suited to these environments.

Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their iShare+ three-element, hierarchical WLAN solution and compare the performance and coverage of that to the settled AP solution offered by Ruckus Wireless. Additionally, engineers evaluated deployment and management features of the Ruijie i-Share+ solution. Performance tests in a multi-room, multi-client environment showed dramatically better performance for the Ruijie solution.
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Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP7050DE, AP6050DN, AP4050DN-HD and AP4030TN Performance Evaluation vs. Aruba, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 216160
Release Date: 28 Nov 2016

Wireless devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) play an increasingly significant role in people’s daily life. Seamless Wi-Fi coverage and high-speed Wi-Fi network access become necessary for most organizations. Based-on the deep understanding of wireless communications technologies as a vendor for wireless telecommunications operators, smart phones, as well as enterprise networks, Huawei developed their 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points.

Tolly engineers evaluated 802.11ac Wave 2 access points from leading vendors and compared their performance. The devices under test include Huawei AP7050DE, Huawei AP6050DN, Aruba AP-325, Cisco Aironet 1852i, and Ruckus ZoneFlex R710.

Tolly engineers also evaluated performance and verified features on the Huawei AP4050DN-HD and Huawei AP4030TN access points which are specially designed for high-density scenarios.
Wireless LANs
Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. Ruijie Networks AP740-I 802.11ac Wave 2 Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation Versus Cisco Systems, New H3C and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 216147
Release Date: 22 Nov 2016

The advent of high-availability wireless as has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. All these different ways to connect ultimately means that there are many devices - usually several per person - competing for the same wireless bandwidth.

802.11ac “Wave 2” is an addendum to the original standard that uses multiuser, multiple-input/multiple output (MU-MIMO) technology to increase wireless LAN throughput.

Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their AP740-I 802.11ac Wave 2 access point’s performance and features. The AP740-I provides three radios and delivered 1.329Gbps throughput. The MU-MIMO feature provided a 165% performance gain over Wave 1. Ruijie’s X-Sense 4 smart antenna technology showed better coverage than the competitors, and supported up to 117 clients streaming one HD video with acceptable experience at the same time.
Wireless LANs
Linksys, Inc. Linksys EA7300 Max-Stream AC1750 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Comparative Wireless LAN Performance

Document number: 216155
Release Date: 19 Oct 2016

Busy home networks are now the rule rather than the exception with multiple clients demanding multiple high-bandwidth services - like video streaming - simultaneously. Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology can deliver significantly more throughput to multiple users than the prior generation single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO). The Linksys EA7300 Max-Stream AC1750 MUMIMO Gigabit Router is a home entertainment Wi-Fi router optimized for online gaming and streaming.

Linksys, Inc. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the multi-client throughput of the Linksys EA7300 and compare that to the aggregate throughput of several competing dual-band, AC1750 wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions. The Linksys solution can deliver up to 3.5X the multi-client, aggregate throughput of competing solutions.
Wireless LANs
Linksys, Inc. Linksys EA7500+RE7000 AC1900 Max-Stream Seamless Roaming Solution Comparative Wireless LAN Performance

Document number: 216145
Release Date: 12 Sep 2016

Busy home networks are now the rule rather than the exception with multiple clients demanding multiple high-bandwidth services - like video streaming - simultaneously. The Linksys Max-Stream Bundle consists of the EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router and the RE7000 AC1900 MU-MIMO Range Extender. The Linksys EA7500 is a dual-purpose home office and entertainment Wi-Fi router.

Linksys, Inc. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the multi-client throughput of the Linksys EA7500 bundle and compare that to the aggregate throughput of several competing dual-band wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions. The Linksys solution can deliver up to 2.6X the aggregate downstream throughput of competing solutions.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra Technologies WiNG5 Enterprise WLAN Solution Evaluation vs Cisco Meraki

Document number: 216132
Release Date: 24 Aug 2016

For the past few years, there has been a trend to move everything to the “cloud,” but there can be trade-offs. Some cloud-based solutions lack true enterprise-class features and access points (APs), cannot “survive” the loss of the cloud connection and do not offer customers the option to own and host the solution themselves without monthly fees.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate its WiNG5 WLAN solution and compare that to the Cisco Meraki offering. Meraki can only be purchased as a cloud solution managed by the enterprise while Zebra’s WiNG5 can be premise or cloud, owned and managed by the enterprise. The evaluation will consider various size solutions, site survivability, enterprise grade features, capital and operating costs and 3-year TCO.

Zebra WiNG5 provides a richer, enterprise class feature set, more sophisticated radio frequency (RF) management, management features, site survivability and lower capital expenditure (CAPEX) than Meraki.
Wireless LANs
Linksys, Inc. Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Comparative Wireless LAN Performance

Document number: 216133
Release Date: 19 Jul 2016

Busy home networks are now the rule rather than the exception with multiple clients demanding multiple high-bandwidth services - like video streaming - simultaneously. Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology can deliver significantly more throughput to multiple users than the prior generation single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO). The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router is a dual-purpose home office and entertainment Wi-Fi router.

Linksys, Inc. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the multi-client throughput of the Linksys EA9500 and compare that to the aggregate throughput of several competing tri-band wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions. The Linksys solution can deliver up to 40% greater aggregate throughput than competing solutions.

Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution Performance Evaluation vs. Aruba, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 216129
Release Date: 27 May 2016

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution transforms the traditional “AC (access controller + FIT APs (access points)” architecture into a three-layer “AC + Central APs + Remote Units (RUs)” distributed architecture. By dividing the Fit AP layer into two parts (central APs provide forwarding and management; cost efficient RUs only process radio signals), the innovative Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi solution provides superior performance, coverage and easy-management. While the RU could be mounted to each room’s wall plate, wall or ceiling, the solution is ideal for high room density scenarios such as education (dormitory), hotel (room), and hospital (ward).

Tolly engineers evaluated the Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution’s performance versus the indoor Wall Plate APs and the indoor Settled APs from other vendors including Aruba, Cisco and Ruckus. Tolly engineers also evaluated the scalability, easy management and Internet of Things (IoT) integration of the Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra Technologies WiNG5 WLAN Guest Access: Captive Portal and Application Visibility Control (AVC) ‘Out of Box’ Functionality and Performance vs Aruba’s WLAN Offering

Document number: 216109
Release Date: 29 Mar 2016

In virtually every business environment, guests, visitors and BYOD employees require Internet access. Wireless LANs (WLANs) provide the only practical way to provide access whether for just a few guests at a time at a small office or for hundreds simultaneously at hotels and conferences. Feature-rich and high-performance guest management solutions improve user experience and allow network managers to control usage of precious WLAN/Internet bandwidth.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate the guest management capabilities of its WiNG5 WLAN solution and compare that to Aruba’s offering. The evaluation focused on comparing architecture and features available “out of box,” that is, without requiring any additional products or licensing. Tolly engineers tested the AVC performance of each vendor’s deep packet inspection (DPI) engine on the WLAN access point (AP). Additionally, Tolly reviewed product documentation of the architecture and feature set especially features relevant to the branch office. Zebra WiNG5 provides important features that are extra-cost items with the Aruba Solution as well as better DPI performance.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra Technologies WiNG5 WLAN Guest Access: Captive Portal and Application Visibility Control (AVC) ‘Out of Box’ Functionality and Performance vs Cisco’s WLAN Offering

Document number: 216108
Release Date: 14 Mar 2016

In virtually every business environment, guests, visitors and BYOD employees require Internet access. Wireless LANs (WLANs) provide the only practical way to provide access whether for just a few guests at a time at a small office or for hundreds simultaneously at hotels and conferences. Feature-rich and high-performance guest management solutions improve user experience and allow network managers to control usage of precious WLAN/Internet bandwidth.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate the guest management capabilities of its WiNG5 WLAN solution and compare that to Cisco System’s offering. The evaluation focused on comparing architecture and features available “out of box,” that is, without requiring any additional products or licensing. Tolly engineers tested the AVC performance of each vendor’s deep packet inspection (DPI) engine on the WLAN access point (AP). Additionally, Tolly reviewed product documentation of the architecture and feature set especially features relevant to the branch office.. Zebra WiNG5 provides important features that are extra-cost items with the Cisco Solution as well as better DPI performance.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra AirDefense Wireless IPS (WIPS) Security Effectiveness Evaluation vs. Cisco Meraki Air Marshal

Document number: 216104
Release Date: 15 Jan 2016

Wireless LAN (WLAN) has become a critical service network in healthcare, manufacturing, finance, T&L, retail, and hospitality. As businesses exploit the use of Wi-Fi to improve their operations and reduce friction to interact with their customers, securing the wireless network is paramount. It is not just safeguarding intellectual property and employees, but also the privacy of their customers, shoppers, and guest, while preserving compliance with PCI, HIPAA, SOX, and other industry standards.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Zebra AirDefense WIPS solution and compare that to Cisco Meraki Air Marshal. Tests illustrated both performance and feature benefits of the Zebra solution.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra AirDefense Wireless IPS (WIPS) Security Effectiveness Evaluation vs. Aruba (HP Enterprise) RFProtect

Document number: 215173
Release Date: 05 Jan 2016

Wireless LAN (WLAN) has become a critical service network in healthcare, manufacturing, finance, T&L, retail, and hospitality. As businesses exploit the use of Wi-Fi to improve their operations and reduce friction to interact with their customers, securing the wireless network is paramount. It is not just safeguarding intellectual property and employees, but also the privacy of their customers, shoppers, and guest, while preserving compliance with PCI, HIPAA, SOX, and other industry standards.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Zebra AirDefense WIPS solution and compare that to RFProtect from Aruba, an HP Enterprise company. Tests illustrated the feature benefits of the Zebra solution.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra AirDefense Wireless IPS (WIPS) Security Effectiveness Evaluation vs. Cisco Adaptive wIPS

Document number: 215156
Release Date: 10 Nov 2015

Wireless LAN (WLAN) within enterprises is the common network access for employees, guests and customers. It has become a critical service network in healthcare, manufacturing, finance, transportation and logistics, retail, and hospitality. WLAN is also serving as mobile marketing platforms for shopper and guest engagement. As more businesses exploit the use of Wi-Fi to improve their business and reduce friction to interact with their customers, securing the wireless network is paramount. It is not just safeguarding intellectual property and employees, but also the privacy of their customers, shoppers, and guest, while preserving compliance with PCI and HIPAA. The primary defense of a wireless network is the Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS). A WIPS solution’s primary role is to protect the company and its employees’, guest’s and customer’s wireless connections and transactions. WIPS ensure users are connected to the correct network, with the required security and are in compliance with corporate policies.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Zebra AirDefense WIPS solution and compare that to Cisco Adaptive wIPS. Tests illustrated both performance and feature benefits of the Zebra solution.
Wireless LANs
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade Open Mobility Solutions:
 Interoperability Evaluation for Cisco & Cisco Meraki WLAN with Brocade ICX Switches

Document number: 215155
Release Date: 21 Sep 2015

Supporting wireless mobility means continually addressing new devices in a rapidly advancing industry. The Effortless Network enabled by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides the ideal foundation for wireless network solutions. Cisco & Cisco Meraki deliver high performance access points and scalable WLAN solutions. By working together with Cisco & Cisco Meraki, Brocade aims to deliver the best-in-class, open wired network underlay infrastructure upon which to deploy wireless networks (WLAN). Brocade is committed to working with industry standard wireless networks to deliver open and secure multi-vendor wired/wireless network solutions.

Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate the interoperability of its Brocade ICX 7250/7450 switches with both the Cisco (Aironet) & Cisco Meraki WLAN solutions. The Cisco WLAN was implemented with the Cisco Aironet 2700/3700 Access Points (APs) and 2500 Series Wireless Controller. The Cisco
 Meraki WLAN was implemented with the Cisco Meraki MR34 AP configured with the Cisco Meraki System Manager Cloud based management software. No WLAN controller is required for the Cisco Meraki wireless network.

The Brocade LAN switch and Cisco & Cisco Meraki wireless WLAN solutions demonstrated interoperability across all tests. While Tolly tested only the Cisco Aironet 2700/3700 APs, with the Cisco 2500 WLAN Controller, and Cisco Meraki MR34 AP, all Cisco and Cisco Meraki APs should pass all the interoperability tests.
Wireless LANs
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade Open Mobility Solutions: 
Interoperability Evaluation for HP Aruba WLAN with Brocade ICX Switches

Document number: 215153
Release Date: 21 Sep 2015

Supporting wireless mobility means continually addressing new devices in a rapidly advancing industry. The Effortless Network enabled by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides the ideal foundation for wireless network solutions. By working together with Aruba Networks (an HP Company), Brocade aims to deliver the best-in-class, open wired network underlay infrastructure upon which to deploy wireless networks (WLAN). Brocade is committed to working with industry standard wireless networks to deliver open and secure multi-vendor wired/wireless network solutions.

Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate the interoperability of its Brocade ICX 7250/7450 switches with the Aruba WLAN solution as implemented in its Aruba 225 802.11ac Access Point (AP) and Aruba 7010 WLAN Controller.

The Brocade LAN switch and Aruba wireless WLAN solutions demonstrated interoperability across all tests. While Tolly tested only the Aruba 225 AP and the Aruba 7010 WLAN Controller, all other Aruba APs and Controllers should pass all the interoperability tests except for the Link Aggregation test, which is only relevant to APs with two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Wireless LANs
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade Open Mobility Solutions:
Interoperability Evaluation for Aerohive Networks WLAN with Brocade ICX Switches

Document number: 215154
Release Date: 21 Sep 2015

Supporting wireless mobility means continually addressing new devices in a rapidly advancing industry. The Effortless Network enabled by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides the ideal foundation for wireless network solutions. Aerohive Networks simple, secure, scalable WLAN solutions. high performance access points and scalable WLAN solutions. By working together with Aerohive, Brocade aims to deliver the best-in-class, open wired network underlay infrastructure upon which to deploy wireless networks (WLAN). Brocade is committed to working with industry standard wireless networks to deliver open and secure multi-vendor wired/wireless network solutions.

Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate the interoperability of its Brocade ICX 7250/7450 switches with the Aerohive. WLAN solution as implemented in its in its Aerohive AP230 and AP130AccessPoints(AP). No WLAN controller is required for the operation of Aerohive wireless networks.

The Brocade LAN switch and Aerohive wireless WLAN solutions demonstrated interoperability across all tests. While Tolly tested only the AP230 and AP130, other Aerohive Access points use the same common firmware and should also pass all the tests. Aerohive HiveManager is a Cloud based management software used to configure, manage and monitor all Aerohive Access points. HiveManager was used to run these tests.
Wireless LANs
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade Open Mobility Solutions:
Interoperability Evaluation for Ruckus Wireless WLAN with Brocade ICX Switches

Document number: 215148
Release Date: 21 Sep 2015

Supporting wireless mobility means continually addressing new devices in a rapidly advancing industry. The Effortless NetworkTM enabled by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides the ideal foundation for wireless network solutions. Ruckus delivers high performance access points and scalable WLAN solutions. By working together with Ruckus, Brocade aims to deliver the best-in-class, open wired network underlay infrastructure upon which to deploy wireless networks (WLAN). Brocade is committed to working with industry standard wireless networks to deliver open and secure multi-vendor wired/wireless network solutions.

Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate the interoperability of its Brocade ICX 7250/7450 switches with the Ruckus Wireless, Inc. WLAN solution as implemented in its latest ZoneFlex R710 Access Point (AP) and SmartZone 100 WLAN Controller.

The Brocade LAN switch and Ruckus Wireless WLAN solutions demonstrated interoperability across all tests. While Tolly tested only the Ruckus SmartZone 100, the Ruckus virtual SmartZone controller and the Ruckus SCG 200 controller use common software and should also pass all tests. Similarly,all Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor APs should pass all the interoperability tests except for the Link Aggregation test, which is only relevant to the R710 and any future 3 or 4 stream 802.11ac Wave 2 APs.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei WLAN Access Controllers Application Recognition, Smart Roaming, and Easy Operation & Management

Document number: 215147
Release Date: 08 Sep 2015

With the development of smart devices, more and more applications are running over the wireless network. To improve the security and network resource management, administrators require visible application traffic statistics and application-based control. Huawei WLAN Access Controllers (ACs) provides the application recognition function to support visible management and control of Layer 4 to 7 network attributes.

In the multi-AP environment, some clients may stick to the first connected AP even after they moved and the signal became very poor. Huawei Access Controllers support the Smart Roaming function to assist clients roam to the best available AP for better single user’s and entire network’s performance.

Huawei WLAN Access Controllers provide a built-in Web network management interface to support service deployment, network status monitoring, and problem intelligent diagnosis.
Wireless LANs
AirMagnet Webcast: AirMagnet Spectrum XT WLAN Interference Detection & Identification vs. MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx + Chanalyzer

Document number: 215149
Release Date: 06 Aug 2015

AirMagnet commissioned Tolly to benchmark the interference identification and detection of their Spectrum XT and compare it to the MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx + Chanalyzer. AirMagnet Spectrum XT offers automatic interference identification and greater accuracy of identifying interferers in a single attempt at all distances tested. . In addition, AirMagnet Spectrum XT provides a means to find a device and create a custom signature.

View the on-demand webcast with Kevin Tolly presenting the study results by clicking on the link below which will take you to the AirMagnet webcast landing page.

AirMagnet Webcast View On-demand Landing Page.

The Tolly report can be downloaded from here.
(Note: There is no download for this webcast item.)
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra WiNG 5 Wireless LAN Solution 
Evaluation vs. Aruba Networks and Cisco Systems 
in Branch Office & Retail Store Deployments

Document number: 215141
Release Date: 23 Jul 2015

Enterprise-class wireless LAN (WLAN) deployments have evolved from being adjunct to the office wired LAN and are now the primary communication medium for many organizations. Increased speeds have made the WLANs capable of carrying heavier traffic loads. In parallel, the dramatic increase of tablet computing and acceptability of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) have increased both the importance of the WLAN and the challenges in managing the environment. As business expands, organizations expect headquarters-class reliability for their branch operations. When business applications are delivered wirelessly, the WLAN becomes a critical element of the branch infrastructure.

Zebra commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Zebra, Aruba and Cisco offerings in several areas especially critical in remote branch office environments. The Zebra solution, built on its WiNG 5 architecture, provided significant benefits over the competing solutions. Zebra’s deployment was less complex and scaled better than Aruba and Cisco, provided significant functionality and security benefits when branch/retail locations were disconnected from the central-site controller and offered WAN prioritization functionality not offered by the others. See Figure 1. Testing conducted May 2012.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra WiNG 5 Wireless LAN Architecture Advantages Lab Evaluation vs. Traditional Hub-and-Spoke WLAN Solutions

Document number: 215140
Release Date: 23 Jul 2015

Zebra’s WiNG5 architecture was designed to deal with the challenges of higher bandwidth 802.11n wireless networks and scale efficiently from small to large, geographically dispersed deployments. In the WiNG5 architecture, the controller function is distributed throughout the network. In fact, each AP has much of the same capability as the main system controller.

Because system intelligence exists local to each access point, local WLAN traffic always stays local - removing a significant burden on WAN resources. Furthermore, in situations where the APs are unable to communicate with the main system controller, no loss of function is experienced at the local WLAN and users are not impacted.

Zebra Technologies Corporation commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance and system behavior of products built on Zebra’s WiNG 5 architecture and compare those results with solutions from Cisco and another leading vendor that are based on traditional, controller-based architectures. Testing was conducted in April 2011.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra AP 6522 and AP 8132 802.11n Performance in High-Density Deployments vs. Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 and 7982

Document number: 215142
Release Date: 23 Jul 2015

Most enterprises now rely on wireless LAN as the de facto network connectivity standard to deliver enterprise applications, including video. With WLAN playing an ever important role in the infrastructure, it has become the norm to expect wireless networks to support a high number of multiple types of applications like video and data simultaneously

In addition, designing for dense environments such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, banquet halls, classrooms and conference centers require proper planning, taking radio frequency-channel and transmit power into consideration. A defining characteristic of dense deployments is close proximity of APs. Improper selection of channel and power can create what is known as adjacent channel interference (ACI), which degrades the overall network performance. The explosion of WiFi-enabled smartphones and tables pose more challenges to the wireless network. According to Gartner, “Without proper planning, enterprises deploying iPads will need 300% more WiFi”.

Zebra Technologies Corporation commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Zebra mid-range AP 6522 and high-end AP 8132 versus comparable offerings from Ruckus Wireless, the ZoneFlex 7363 and 7982. The Zebra APs outperformed Ruckus in ACI management, offering greater downstream throughput as well as better performance in video applications.
Wireless LANs
AirMagnet AirMagnet Spectrum XT WLAN Interference Detection & Identification vs. MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx + Chanalyzer

Document number: 215131
Release Date: 15 Jul 2015

With the broad adoption of wireless networks in enterprises and the growth accelerated by the new 802.11ac standard wireless networks are no longer a “nice to have” addition to the enterprise space. When deploying a WLAN environment, IT staff need to confidently rule out any RF interference- generated impact on Wi-Fi network performance and maximize troubleshooting efficiency by using a spectrum analyzer. If not addressed, RF interference will cause the network to underperform, leading to frustrated end users.

AirMagnet commissioned Tolly to benchmark the interference identification and detection of their Spectrum XT and compare it to the MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx + Chanalyzer. AirMagnet Spectrum XT offers automatic interference identification and greater accuracy of identifying interferers in a single attempt at all distances tested. See Figure 1. In addition, AirMagnet Spectrum XT provides a means to find a device and create a custom signature.
Wireless LANs
Aerohive Podcast: 802.11ac Wave 2 with Aerohive & Tolly

Document number: 215135
Release Date: 10 Jun 2015

Tolly Group Founder Kevin Tolly hosts a twenty-five minute podcast discussing 802.11ac Wave 2 technology with Aerohive.

The podcast is part of our wireless LAN series “Unlocking Hidden Network Capacity with 802.11ac”. In this series of podcasts we’ll hear from leading technology vendors about what to expect with this new generation technology known as Wave 2.

Kevin is joined by Aerohive's Director of Technology, Matthew Gast and find out Aerohive's perspective on Wave 2 wireless and what users can expect from the technology, how users can deal with migration and what impact this additional bandwidth will have on wireless LAN network design.

Download is in mp3 format.
Wireless LANs
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Podcast: 802.11ac Wave 2 with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise & Tolly

Document number: 215133
Release Date: 28 May 2015

Tolly Group Founder Kevin Tolly hosts an eleven-minute podcast discussing 802.11ac Wave 2 technology with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

The podcast is part of our wireless LAN series “Unlocking Hidden Network Capacity with 802.11ac”. In this series of podcasts we’ll hear from leading technology vendors about what to expect with this new generation technology known as Wave 2.

Kevin is joined by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Deb Ghosh, Senior Director, Product Management and find out Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's perspective on Wave 2 wireless and what users can expect from the technology, how users can deal with migration and what impact this additional bandwidth will have on wireless LAN network design.

Download is in mp3 format.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Podcast: 802.11ac Wave 2 with Zebra & Tolly

Document number: 215132
Release Date: 21 May 2015

Tolly Group Founder Kevin Tolly hosts a sixteen-minute podcast discussing 802.11ac Wave 2 technology with Zebra Technologies.

The podcast is part of our wireless LAN series “Unlocking Hidden Network Capacity with 802.11ac”. In this series of podcasts we’ll hear from leading technology vendors about what to expect with this new generation technology known as Wave 2.

Kevin is joined by Zebra's Daran Hermans, Senior Product Manager, WLAN and find out Zebra's perspective on Wave 2 wireless and what users can expect from the technology, how users can deal with migration and what impact this additional bandwidth will have on wireless LAN network design.

Download is in mp3 format.
Wireless LANs
Linksys, Inc. Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Comparative Wireless LAN Performance

Document number: 215126
Release Date: 15 May 2015

Busy home networks are now the rule rather than the exception with multiple clients demanding multiple high-bandwidth services - like video streaming - simultaneously. New multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology can deliver significantly more throughput to multiple users than the prior generation single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO). The Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU- MIMO Gigabit Router is the first production device to offer this new, multi-user MIMO technology.

Linksys, Inc. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the multi-client throughput of the Linksys EA8500 and compare that to the aggregate throughput of several prominent 4x4 and tri-band wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions. The Linksys solution can deliver up to 2.5X aggregate throughput than earlier 802.11ac technology.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Webcast - Zebra Technologies MPact for Mobile Marketing and Location Analytics MPact Location Tracking vs. Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX)

Document number: 215125
Release Date: 22 Apr 2015

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate its Zebra MPact for Mobile Marketing and Location Analytics platform and compare that with Cisco System’s offering, Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). Tests evaluated a range of functionality and performance. This included a detailed review of the tiered location offering for presence, zone, position along with the location analytics and reporting. Additionally, Tolly engineers evaluated Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with respect to capital expense and software support costs of typical deployments for location-based services.

View the on-demand webcast with Kevin Tolly presenting the study results by clicking on the link below which will take you to the Zebra webcast landing page.

Zebra Technologies Webcast View On-demand Landing Page.

The Tolly report can be downloaded from here.
(Note: There is no download for this webcast item.)
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei eSight Unified Management Platform Features Validation and Performance Evaluation

Document number: 215107
Release Date: 16 Apr 2015

Huawei eSight is a new generation of unified operation and management (O&M) system for enterprise network infrastructure, unified communications, telepresence conferencing and video surveillance. Based upon “topology-centric, simplifying management, and improving the O&M efficiency” philosophy, eSight centrally manages corporate resources, services and users. Meanwhile, eSight provides a flexible and open platform that supports enterprise customization development to allow users to build their own personalized intelligent management system.

Huawei commissioned Tolly to evaluate the ease-of-use, wired and wireless converged network management, full lifecycle WLAN management, intelligent network quality monitoring, fine right- and domain-based user management, multi-vendor device management capability and other key features.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP7030DE and AP5030DN 802.11ac Access Points 802.11ac Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation versus H3C Technologies

Document number: 215122
Release Date: 30 Mar 2015

The advent of high-availability wireless has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. All these different ways to connect ultimately means that there are many devices - usually several per person - competing for the same wireless bandwidth. Huawei access points are built upon a dual-core CPU with independent control plane and forwarding plane architecture with advanced technologies including Huawei’s High Density Boost, SNR-based protection, etc.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their AP7030DE and AP5030DN 3x3 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access points versus the H3C WA4620i-ACN. In addition to AP7030DE’s Gigabit WiFi performance benefits, Huawei’s 802.11ac access points outperformed H3C Technology’s WA4620i-ACN 3x3 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access point in coverage, multi-client and anti co-channel interference tests.
Wireless LANs
Araknis Networks Araknis Networks AN-100-AP-I-N WLAN Access Point 2.4GHz Rate/Range Performance versus Luxul, Pakedge & Ubiquiti Networks

Document number: 215100
Release Date: 04 Mar 2015

Wireless LANs (WLANs) have become the primary communications infrastructure for many homes and organizations. For smartphones and tablets it is typically the only supported communication method. For instance, MacBook Air is a WLAN-only system that no longer comes equipped with wired Ethernet.

Araknis Networks commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance of its AN-100-AP-I-N WLAN Access Point (AP) against comparable single-band, 2.4GHz units from Luxul, Pakedge & Ubiquiti Networks at various distances.

The Araknis Networks AN-100-AP-I-N delivered the highest throughput at 20 and 50 feet from the AP. See Figure 1.
Wireless LANs
Araknis Networks Araknis Networks AN-300-AP-I-N WLAN Access Point Dual-Band WLAN Rate/Range Performance versus Luxul, Pakedge & Ubiquiti Networks

Document number: 215101
Release Date: 04 Mar 2015

Wireless LANs (WLANs) have become the primary communications infrastructure for many homes and organizations. For smartphones and tablets it is typically the only supported communication method. For instance, MacBook Air is a WLAN-only system that no longer comes equipped with wired Ethernet.

Araknis Networks commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance of its dual-band (2.4GHz+5GHz) AN-300-AP-I-N WLAN Access Point (AP) against comparable dual-band units from Luxul, Pakedge & Ubiquiti Networks at various distances.

The Araknis Networks AN-300-AP-I-N delivered the highest throughput at 20 and 50 feet from the AP.
Wireless LANs
Zebra Technologies Zebra MPact for Mobile Marketing and Location Analytics MPact Location Tracking vs. Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX)

Document number: 214148
Release Date: 01 Dec 2014

Today consumers and businesses rely on smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices for a wide array of personal and commercial applications. All major players in retail, hospitality and airport verticals are using these devices to engage with visitors by using location based services. Businesses are increasingly deploying real-time Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based location services to offer better customer experience and engage with personalized promotions and in-venue coupons.

Zebra Technologies commissioned Tolly to evaluate its Zebra MPact for Mobile Marketing and Location Analytics platform and compare that with Cisco System’s offering, Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). Tests evaluated a range of functionality and performance. This included a detailed review of the tiered location offering for presence, zone, position along with the location analytics and reporting. Additionally, Tolly engineers evaluated Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with respect to capital expense and software support costs of typical deployments for location-based services.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP7030DE and AP5030DN 802.11ac Access Points 802.11ac Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation versus Aruba Networks

Document number: 214138
Release Date: 24 Nov 2014

The advent of high-availability wireless has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. All these different ways to connect ultimately means that there are many devices - usually several per person - competing for the same wireless bandwidth. Huawei access points are built upon a dual-core CPU with independent control plane and forwarding plane architecture with advanced technologies including Huawei’s High Density Boost, SNR-based protection, etc.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their AP7030DE and AP5030DN 3x3 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access points versus the Aruba AP-225. In addition to AP7030DE’s Gigabit WiFi performance benefits, Huawei’s 802.11ac access points outperformed Aruba Networks’ AP-225 3x3 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access point in coverage, multi-client and anti co-channel interference tests.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP7030DE and AP5030DN 802.11ac Access Points 802.11ac Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Systems

Document number: 214137
Release Date: 24 Nov 2014

The advent of high-availability wireless has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. All these different ways to connect ultimately means that there are many devices - usually several per person - competing for the same wireless bandwidth. Huawei access points are built upon a dual-core CPU with independent control plane and forwarding plane architecture with advanced technologies including Huawei’s High Density Boost, SNR-based protection, etc.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their AP7030DE and AP5030DN 3x3 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access points versus the Cisco Aironet 3702i. In addition to AP7030DE’s Gigabit WiFi performance benefits, Huawei’s 802.11ac access points outperformed Cisco Aironet 3702i 4x4 MIMO three-spatial-stream 802.11ac access point in coverage, multi-client and anti co-channel interference tests.
Wireless LANs
Samsung Electronics Samsung WLAN vs. Cisco Systems & Aruba Networks - Performance Comparison

Document number: 214135
Release Date: 01 Oct 2014

Nowadays, it is more evident than ever that wireless communications have become one of the most popular means of personal and business communication. In the enterprise world, communication goes beyond basic email and web browsing into a whole new set of applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, video streaming, and much more.

Wireless LANs (WLANs), solutions based on the IEEE 802.11n/ac standards, have taken over as the prime role of communication service providers and provide unprecedented performance for business networks with WLAN solutions rivaling the gigabit speeds of wired LANs.

Samsung Electronics commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance of its high-performance 802.11ac WEA403i access point (AP) and compare that to its direct competitors, Cisco Systems (AIR-CAP3702i) and Aruba Networks (AP 225).
Wireless LANs
Meru Networks, Inc. Meru Networks WLAN Performance vs. Aruba Networks & Cisco Systems - 802.11ac WLAN Systems: Meru Networks AP832i vs. Aruba Networks AP-225 and Cisco Systems Aironet 3702i

Document number: 214124
Release Date: 12 Jun 2014

Wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions built on the recent 802.11ac standard provide unprecedented performance for business networks, with WLAN solutions now rivaling the Gigabit speeds of wired LANs.

Meru Networks commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance of its high- speed, 802.11ac AP832i access point (AP) and compare that to the Aruba Networks AP-225 and Cisco Systems Aironet 3702i WLAN solutions. Tests included multiple-AP and single AP tests handling data, VoIP and video traffic.

The Meru Networks AP832i consistently outperformed the other 802.11ac WLAN solutions across a range of tests using both 40MHz and 80MHz channel bonding.
Wireless LANs
New H3C Technologies Co., Ltd H3C WX Series WLAN Access Controller (AC)
 Feature Verification

Document number: 213102
Release Date: 29 Oct 2013

The demand for WLAN connectivity is ever-growing, specifically in large enterprise and metropolitan area networks (MANs). These high-demand areas require a WLAN solution that is able to handle high capacities, provide high availability and security and is feature-rich.

H3C commissioned Tolly to validate the features/functionalities of its WX Series WLAN Access Controller (AC). Tolly validated that the WX Series provides refined device control and management for BYOD, comprehensive RF management and security mechanisms, strong QoS and IPv4/IPv6 features, and powerful WLAN access control capability.
Wireless LANs
Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Ubiquiti Networks UAP-Outdoor+ Access Point 802.11n WLAN Performance Evaluation
 Versus Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 213128
Release Date: 16 Sep 2013

Wireless networking has become the standard method for providing indoor endpoint connectivity. Now Wi-Fi is becoming available practically everywhere; from stadiums to schools, trains and buses, retail outlets and branch offices. In high-density environments such as these, performance can suffer as several WLAN access points (APs) compete for the same operating band and interfere with each other.

Ubiquiti Networks commissioned Tolly to evaluate its UAP-Outdoor+ Access Point with Multi-Lane RF Technology against comparable APs from Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless, in high-interference 2.4GHz WLAN environments. The design of the Ubiquiti UAP-Outdoor+ allows the AP to perform effectively in noisy, high-density, high- interference deployments. Tolly found that design provides excellent noise rejection of adjacent channel interference, thus achieving outstanding performance even in a saturated environment.
Wireless LANs
Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. Ruijie Networks X-Sense Smart Antenna Technology 802.11n & 802.11ac Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation Versus Apple, Cisco Systems, H3C and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 213143
Release Date: 11 Sep 2013

The advent of high-availability wireless as has led to an increase in personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and of course, the portable computer, which all allow users to connect from anywhere within the office. All these different ways to connect ultimately means that there are many devices - usually several per person - competing for the same wireless bandwidth. High demands on the network combined with coverage issues, such as dead zones, pose a problem for enterprises operating a traditional antenna-based infrastructure.

Ruijie Networks Co., Ltd. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their patented XSense Smart Antenna technology which is designed to reduce or eliminate dead zones of traditional antennas. In addition to Ruijie’s 802.11ac Gigabit WiFi performance benefits, Ruijie’s 802.11n performance also benefited from X-Sense - outperforming Cisco Systems, H3C and Ruckus Wireless.

Wireless LANs
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Motorola AP 6522 and AP 8132 802.11n Performance in High-Density Deployments vs. Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 and 7982

Document number: 213127
Release Date: 19 Jul 2013

Most enterprises now rely on wireless LAN as the de facto network connectivity standard to deliver enterprise applications, including video. With WLAN playing an ever important role in the infrastructure, it has become the norm to expect wireless networks to support a high number of multiple types of applications like video and data simultaneously

In addition, designing for dense environments such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, banquet halls, classrooms and conference centers require proper planning, taking radio frequency-channel and transmit power into consideration. A defining characteristic of dense deployments is close proximity of APs. Improper selection of channel and power can create what is known as adjacent channel interference (ACI), which degrades the overall network performance. The explosion of WiFi-enabled smartphones and tables pose more challenges to the wireless network. According to Gartner, “Without proper planning, enterprises deploying iPads will need 300% more WiFi”.

Motorola commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Motorola mid-range AP 6522 and high-end AP 8132 versus comparable offerings from Ruckus Wireless, the ZoneFlex 7363 and 7982. The Motorola APs outperformed Ruckus in ACI management, offering greater downstream throughput as well as better performance in video applications.
Wireless LANs
Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Ubiquiti Networks UniFi-AP AC 802.11n & 802.11ac Rate/Range Comparative Performance Evaluation Versus Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless

Document number: 213122
Release Date: 15 Apr 2013

Wireless networking has become the de facto standard endpoint connectivity in the workplace. Now, 802.11ac is the first Wi-Fi technology that can enable wireline performance in a wireless environment. Widespread deployment of 802.11ac could eliminate the need for wired clients of any type (outside of the data center) – enabling “utility networking” for the first time. With the advent of next-generation 802.11ac, users enjoy faster performance and network architects can expect higher client density per AP.

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. commissioned Tolly to evaluate their next-generation UniFi UAP-AC access point, which leverages the 802.11ac architecture, against three leading 802.11n competitive offerings from Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless. (The other vendors do not yet offer systems leveraging 802.11ac technology.)The Ubiquiti Networks UniFi-AP AC delivered significantly greater throughput using 802.11ac technology as well as up to 10% greater throughput than the other offerings when running 802.11n (5GHz).
Wireless LANs
Belkin Corporation Belkin N600 DB, N750 DB, AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Routers Comparative WLAN Performance and QoS in Media Applications Evaluation

Document number: 212133
Release Date: 14 Jan 2013

The Internet has changed the way users view and use media in the home. A vast majority of consumers use their Internet at home to download, view and distribute media content. In addition, these same users very rarely have only one application or process running on their home network at any given time, which can lead to slow downloads/uploads as other applications use bandwidth needed to deliver a favorable user experience.

The Belkin line of routers uses IntelliStream technology to prioritize traffic and bandwidth, by default, to provide the highest level of performance possible. This technology selectively prioritizes latency-sensitive and high-throughput applications, allowing for a higher quality of experience for media streaming. Belkin commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance and Quality of Service (QoS) of some of their N-class and AC-class lines of routers versus comparable devices from four leading vendors, denoted in this document as Vendors A, B, C and D.
Wireless LANs
WD, A Western Digital Company WD My Net AC1300 HD Dual-Band Router Single-Client 802.11ac WLAN Rate/Range Performance Comparison

Document number: 212149
Release Date: 27 Nov 2012

The increase in wireless handheld devices in households, combined with ever-increasing use of video streaming and gaming, continues to consume all of the bandwidth available in traditional 802.11a/b/g/n networks. The new 802.11ac wireless LAN (WLAN) standard can offer dramatic increases in available bandwidth.

WD, a Western Digital company, commissioned Tolly to validate the performance of its My Net AC1300 Router and compare that to comparable routers from six other vendors.

Since current generation laptops do not yet run 802.11ac, media bridges from Western Digital and one other vendor were used to provide the Ethernet-to-WLAN connections for the test clients.

The WD solution delivered consistent, “spike-free”, throughput and the highest average throughput of solutions tested from 30-75 ranges and over 345 Mbps at 75 feet.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP6010 WLAN Access Point Performance Evaluation vs. Cisco Aironet 3502i AP

Document number: 212143
Release Date: 01 Nov 2012

Driven by growth in the number of mobile workers, Wi-Fi (802.11n) now provides the primary office connectivity for many businesses. Higher per-client and aggregate AP throughput can reduce the number of APs required in a given location and thus, lower the customer’s investment in WLAN hardware.

Huawei commissioned Tolly to validate the performance of its AP6010 WLAN AP with 2x2:2 MIMO capabilities and compare that to the Cisco Systems 2x3:2 MIMO-based WLAN solution. The Huawei AP6010 outperformed the Cisco Aironet 3502i AP in all test scenarios.
Wireless LANs
Huawei Technologies, Co.Ltd Huawei AP7110 WLAN Access Point Rate/Range Performance Evaluation vs. Cisco Aironet 3602i AP

Document number: 212142
Release Date: 01 Nov 2012

Driven by growth in the number of mobile workers, Wi-Fi (802.11n) now provides the primary office connectivity for many businesses. Higher per-client AP throughput at greater distances can reduce the number of APs required in a given location and thus, lower the customer’s investment in WLAN hardware.

Huawei commissioned Tolly to validate the performance of its AP7110 WLAN AP with 3x3:3 MIMO capabilities and compare that to the Cisco Systems 4x4:3 MIMO-based AP. In tests of a single client, the Huawei AP7110 outperformed the Cisco Aironet 3602i AP in every test scenario
Wireless LANs
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Motorola WiNG 5 Wireless LAN Solution Evaluation vs. Aruba Networks and Cisco Systems in Branch Office & Retail Store Deployments

Document number: 212125
Release Date: 16 Aug 2012

Enterprise-class wireless LAN (WLAN) deployments have evolved from being adjunct to the office wired LAN and are now the primary communication medium for many organizations. Increased speeds have made the WLANs capable of carrying heavier traffic loads. In parallel, the dramatic increase of tablet computing and acceptability of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) have increased both the importance of the WLAN and the challenges in managing the environment. As business expands, organizations expect headquarters-class reliability for their branch operations. When business applications are delivered wirelessly, the WLAN becomes a critical element of the branch infrastructure.

Motorola commissioned Tolly to evaluate the Motorola, Aruba and Cisco offerings in several areas especially critical in remote branch office environments. The Motorola solution, built on its WiNG 5 architecture, provided significant benefits over the competing solutions. Motorola’s deployment was less complex and scaled better than Aruba and Cisco, provided significant functionality and security benefits when branch/retail locations were disconnected from the central-site controller and offered WAN prioritization functionality not offered by the others.
Wireless LANs
Edgewater Wireless Inc. Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 Access Point WiFi3 vs. Single-Channel Access Point Performance

Document number: 212106
Release Date: 14 Feb 2012

Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n LAN (WLAN) Access Points (APs) are integrated with single-channel radio solutions. While these single-channel APs advertise high-speed connectivity to clients, in practice the performance of the network is adversely impacted when a slow client, or when multiple slow clients, connect to the AP.

In cases where older 802.11b clients are being supported, this rate can be as low as 1Mbps when factors like distance or interference prevent higher association rates. Thus, even a single client associated at a low rate will degrade the overall performance of the AP.

The Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 AP eliminates this problem. By providing three separate channels, the EAP3000 can service older, low-speed clients on one channel while providing two additional channels that can be used by newer, high-speed clients.

Tests show that the EAP3000 provides a dramatic increase in aggregate throughput in these mixed-mode environments when compared with single-channel APs from several leading providers.
Wireless LANs
Xirrus, Inc. Enterprise Wireless LAN Deployment Cost and Capacity Analysis: Xirrus vs. Aruba Networks and Cisco Systems

Document number: 211100
Release Date: 05 Aug 2011

Network architects considering deployment of Wi-Fi solutions need to be aware that not all 802.11n Wi-Fi products are architected the same, nor do they offer the same level of performance. Customers need to consider various factors like the one-time capital expenditure (CapEx) required for hardware and software components of each solution, as well as the ongoing operational expenditure (OpEx) items such as maintenance and power costs. In addition to the acquisition and ongoing costs associated with each solution, customers need to also factor in the costs of any switching infrastructure upgrades, cabling infrastructure upgrades, etc. required to implement a solution. Apart from these easily-quantifiable costs, there could be ancillary but substantial costs associated with items such as: site surveys, end user training, network performance and coverage optimization that will vary from one deployment to another.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays, available in 4, 8, 12, and 16 radio models, are built on a distributed architecture that provides a level of inherent redundancy and resiliency not found in traditional 2 radio AP + controller solutions. The high-density radio implementation of the Xirrus solution provides for a dramatic reduction in the need for physical devices - 51 Xirrus Arrays to 192 Cisco/Aruba’s Aps in the first example described below. In the simplest terms, this Xirrus advantage translates into lower capital expenditures (CapEx) for hardware, device installation and network infrastructure upgrades and lower operational expenditures (OpEx) for maintenance, support and power consumption.

To illustrate the Xirrus architectural benefits in a way that would be meaningful to wireless LAN architects and implementers, Xirrus commissioned Tolly to develop a cost analysis for three common wireless LAN deployment scenarios: 1) Enterprise, 2) Primary/ Secondary School District, and 3) Convention Center. This is the main section of a two-part report and contains the summary of the analysis. This report should be used in conjunction with the report appendix (Tolly document 211100APPENDIX) that contains detailed bill of material information.
Wireless LANs
Xirrus, Inc. Enterprise Wireless LAN Deployment Cost and Capacity Analysis: Xirrus vs. Aruba Networks and Cisco Systems - REPORT APPENDIX

Document number: 211100APPENDIX
Release Date: 04 Aug 2011

Network architects considering deployment of Wi-Fi solutions need to be aware that not all 802.11n Wi-Fi products are architected the same, nor do they offer the same level of performance. Customers need to consider various factors like the one-time capital expenditure (CapEx) required for hardware and software components of each solution, as well as the ongoing operational expenditure (OpEx) items such as maintenance and power costs. In addition to the acquisition and ongoing costs associated with each solution, customers need to also factor in the costs of any switching infrastructure upgrades, cabling infrastructure upgrades, etc. required to implement a solution. Apart from these easily-quantifiable costs, there could be ancillary but substantial costs associated with items such as: site surveys, end user training, network performance and coverage optimization that will vary from one deployment to another.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays, available in 4, 8, 12, and 16 radio models, are built on a distributed architecture that provides a level of inherent redundancy and resiliency not found in traditional 2 radio AP + controller solutions. The high-density radio implementation of the Xirrus solution provides for a dramatic reduction in the need for physical devices - 51 Xirrus Arrays to 192 Cisco/Aruba’s APs in the first example described below. In the simplest terms, this Xirrus advantage translates into lower capital expenditures (CapEx) for hardware, device installation and network infrastructure upgrades and lower operational expenditures (OpEx) for maintenance, support and power consumption.

To illustrate the Xirrus architectural benefits in a way that would be meaningful to wireless LAN architects and implementers, Xirrus commissioned Tolly to develop a cost analysis for three common wireless LAN deployment scenarios: 1) Enterprise, 2) Primary/ Secondary School District, and 3) Convention Center. This is the appendix section of a two-part report and contains the detailed bill of material information. This report should be used in conjunction with the report appendix (Tolly document 211100) that contains summary of the analysis.
Wireless LANs
Hewlett Packard Enterprise HP MSM460/466 WLAN Access Point Family: Architecture, Performance, and Video User Density Evaluation

Document number: 211122
Release Date: 29 Jul 2011

Because of increased performance and efficiency required from WLAN architectures, 802.11n is becoming widely adopted in the industry. Legacy WLAN solutions are built on a centralized architecture that, by default, requires all traffic destined to a wired station to communicate via the controller. HP’s MSM Family offerings are built on an optimized architecture that allows APs to communicate directly without requiring traffic to traverse a controller. As WLAN transmission rates increase and network load increases, an optimized architecture can streamline and improve network performance. HP offers both centralized and distributed options.

HP commissioned Tolly to confirm the optimized architecture and validate the performance of its MSM WLAN Access Point family with 3x3:3 stream MIMO capabilities, compared to market leaders based on the centralized, controller-based, hub-and-spoke architecture.
Wireless LANs
Belkin Corporation Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router: 802.11n and WAN Routing Performance vs. Comparable Routers

Document number: 211121
Release Date: 02 Jul 2011

As the number of Wi-Fi devices in the home grows, new applications on those devices are driving the demand for network bandwidth ever higher. Belkin’s new line of Wi-Fi routers are focused on maximizing the bandwidth available for user applications and delivering a superior user experience from any point in the house.

Belkin commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance of its wireless LAN (WLAN) router in an actual residence and compare that performance against comparable products from other leading home networking vendors.
Wireless LANs
Belkin Corporation Belkin N150/N300/N600 DB Wireless N Routers: 802.11n Rate/Range Performance vs. Comparable Routers

Document number: 211120
Release Date: 22 Jun 2011

As the number of Wi-Fi devices in the home grows, new applications on those devices are driving the demand for Wi-Fi bandwidth ever higher. Belkin’s new line of Wi-Fi routers are focused on maximizing the bandwidth available for user applications and delivering a superior user experience from any point in the house.

Belkin commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance of its wireless LAN (WLAN) routers in an actual residence and compare that performance against comparable products from other leading home networking vendors. All tests for a given benchmark were run on the same day to minimize variability from environmental factors. The testing consisted of multiple locations, averaging the results of the four router orientations at each point to arrive at the reported metrics.
Wireless LANs
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Motorola WiNG5 Wireless LAN Architecture Advantages: Lab Evaluation vs. Traditional Hub-and-Spoke WLAN Solutions

Document number: 211114
Release Date: 09 May 2011

Motorola’s WiNG5 architecture was designed to deal with the challenges of higher bandwidth 802.11n wireless networks and scale efficiently from small to large, geographically dispersed deployments. In the WiNG5 architecture, the controller function is distributed throughout the network. In fact, each AP has much of the same capability as the main system controller.

Because system intelligence exists local to each access point, local WLAN traffic always stays local - removing a significant burden on WAN resources. Furthermore, in situations where the APs are unable to communicate with the main system controller, no loss of function is experienced at the local WLAN and users are not impacted.

Motorola Solutions commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance and system behavior of products built on Motorola’s new WiNG5 architecture and compare those results with solutions from Cisco and another leading vendor that are based on traditional, controller-based architectures. Testing was conducted in April 2011.
Wireless LANs
Meraki Meraki MR 24 Cloud-Managed Access Point vs. Cisco Aironet 3502i Access Point Wireless LAN 802.11n MIMO Single-Client Performance

Document number: 211110
Release Date: 23 Feb 2011

Wireless LANs are a strategic element of network infrastructure for companies large and small. Recent advances made with the 802.11n WLAN standard provide for advanced techniques involving multiple transmit and receive antenna configurations and multiple traffic streams per antenna. Systems implementing these features allow for throughput levels many times greater than the 54 Mbps data rate of early 802.11a/g networks.

Meraki Inc. commissioned Tolly to evaluate the throughput of its Meraki MR 24 Cloud-managed Access Point and compare that to a Cisco Aironet 3502i Access Point solution.

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Wireless LANs
Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus XN4 Wi-Fi Array: Wireless Performance and Functional Evaluation vs Cisco Aironet 3502e & 5508 Controller

Document number: 210151
Release Date: 20 Oct 2010

Xirrus commissioned Tolly evaluate its XN4 Wi-Fi Array in a series of performance and rate/range tests and compare that with a Cisco Aironet solution consisting of 1 AP and 1 controller.

The focus of the test was to compare solutions using a single wireless AP device. The Xirrus solution contains 4 radios compared to 2 radios in a single Cisco Aironet access point.
Wireless LANs
Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus XN8 Wi-Fi Array: Wireless Performance and Functional Evaluation vs Cisco Aironet 3502e & 5508 Controller

Document number: 210148
Release Date: 20 Oct 2010

Xirrus commissioned Tolly evaluate its XN8 Wi-Fi Array in a series of performance and rate/range tests and compare that with a Cisco Aironet solution consisting of 4 APs and 1 controller.

The focus of the test was to compare solutions outfitted with an equal number of radios. The Xirrus XN8 contains 8 radios and each Cisco AP contains 4 radios.
Wireless LANs
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade FastIron Edge X624 and BigIron RX-4 Functionality Certification and Cooperative Interoperability Evaluation

Document number: 210106
Release Date: 14 Apr 2010

Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate two of its enterprise-class LAN switches for interoperability with other switch brands.

Tolly engineers subjected the FastIron Edge X624 and BigIron RX-4 switches to more than a dozen tests with switches from 3Com, Cisco Systems, Enterasys Networks, Force10 Networks, Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM Corporation, and NEC Corporation. Engineers tested 20 switches from eight vendors to determine the various levels of interoperability offered.

Brocade switches demonstrated a broad level of interoperability with 18 other switches from seven other leading vendors for advanced LAN and routing functions at Layer 2 and Layer 3.

This testing was done in accordance with Tolly Common Test Plan #1088 - LAN Switch Interoperability. That document is available for license and you can find more information about it on the Tolly Common Test Plan website.

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Wireless LANs
3Com Corp. 3Com Wireless LAN Mobility System, Competitive Wireless LAN Controller Resiliency Evaluation versus Comparable Cisco Solution

Document number: 208342
Release Date: 29 Jan 2009

3Com Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the resiliency feature of its WLAN controller cluster and compare that to a comparable solution from Cisco Systems, Inc.

Tolly Group engineers measured the behaviors of different applications during the WLAN controller fail-over and recovery in three resilient network scenarios:
  • 1) 3Com controller cluster in a default High Availability configuration,
  • 2) 3Com controller cluster in a default HA configuration with local switching enabled, and
  • 3) Cisco’s resilient WLAN controller solution using the configuration designed for the minimum fail-over time.

    Engineers also evaluated the load-balancing feature of the 3Com Wireless LAN Mobility system during fail-over and recovery.

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  • Trapeze Networks, Inc. Trapeze Networks Trapeze Virtual Controller Cluster, Competitive Wireless LAN Controller Resiliency Evaluation versus Comparable Cisco Solution

    Document number: 208354
    Release Date: 17 Nov 2008

    Trapeze Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the resiliency feature of its WLAN controller cluster and compare that to a comparable solution from Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Tolly Group engineers measured the behaviors of different applications during the WLAN controller fail-over and recovery in three resilient network scenarios:
  • 1) Trapeze controller cluster in a default High Availability configuration,
  • 2) Trapeze controller cluster in a default HA configuration with local switching enabled, and
  • 3) Cisco’s resilient WLAN controller solution using the configuration designed for the minimum fail-over time.

    Engineers also evaluated the load-balancing feature of the Trapeze Virtual Controller Cluster during fail-over and 
recovery.

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  • Meru Networks, Inc. Meru WLAN System vs. Cisco Systems WLAN Solution for Converged Voice and Data Wireless Networks

    Document number: 207214
    Release Date: 18 Sep 2007

    Meru Networks commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the Meru Wireless LAN system which consists of a WLAN controller and one or more APs. For this test, engineers paired Meru’s midsize enterpriseclass controller, the MC3000, with its dual radio, 802.11g WLAN AP208 Access Point.

    Engineers measured the voice quality and aggregate throughput in a single AP environment handling several dozen simultaneous live and simulated VoIP-over-WLAN sessions along with simulated traditional data applications. Tests focused on showing the benefits of Meru’s over-the-air voice Quality-of-Service versus a Cisco Systems, Inc. 4402 WLAN controller and AP1242AG in high-density scenarios. Tests were conducted in July 2007.

    Wireless LANs
    Metalink Ltd. Metalink, Ltd. WLANPlus™ MtW8171/MtW8151 Chipset Competitive 802.11n (MIMO) Wireless LAN Performance for Homes

    Document number: 207215
    Release Date: 08 Aug 2007

    Metalink, Ltd. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its dual-band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz) wireless solution based on Metalink’s dual-chip WLANPlus MtW8171 / MtW8151 chipset in a reference platform.

    Tests compared the throughput and coverage area benefits obtained in a home environment with Metalink’s solution against three similar chipsets from Atheros, Broadcom and Marvell. The competitor chipsets were installed in off-the-shelf products from Apple, Inc., Linksys Corp. and Buffalo Technology, Inc., respectively. The Tolly Group tested the indoor wireless performance of all products in various areas of a three-story house in Atlanta, GA. Tests were conducted in July 2007.

    Wireless LANs
    Colubris Networks White Paper Sponsored by Colubris Networks: Evaluating Wireless IPS Systems

    Document number: 207231
    Release Date: 23 May 2007

    This Tolly Group white paper, commissioned by Colubris Networks, Inc., focuses on the key issues users must consider when evaluating wireless intrusion prevention systems. For the report, The Tolly Group evaluated the Colubris RF Manager, a multi-faceted WIPS designed to protect enterprise network infrastructures from wireless attacks.

    The Tolly Group assessed the capability of the Colubris RF Manager to detect and block a range of wireless threats — from dealing with rogue APs, to detection and prevention of access point (AP) MAC address spoofing, to detection and prevention of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and several others.

    Tolly Group engineers measured the effectiveness of the Colubris RF Manager against two other products: AirMagnet Inc.’s AirMagnet Enterprise and Aruba Networks Aruba Mobility Controller.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus Inc. XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array Evaluation of Outdoor WDS Coverage Area of an 802.11 a/b/g Access Point

    Document number: 207182
    Release Date: 16 Mar 2007

    Xirrus Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the outdoor coverage area of its IEEE 802.11 a/b/g XS-3900 family of Wi-Fi Arrays when operating in Wireless Distribution System (WDS) mode.

    Tolly Group engineers deployed a set of five Xirrus XS-3900 Wi-Fi Arrays to evaluate its WDS mode coverage area in an open field to illustrate real-world outdoor performance. Moreover, engineers tested the connection data rate and performance between a XS-3900 Wi-Fi Array and an end-user station using a standard 802.11 a/b/g wireless card. Tests were conducted in October 2006.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array, Evaluation of Wireless Load Balancing of 802.11 a/b/g Stations

    Document number: 207181
    Release Date: 22 Feb 2007

    Xirrus, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the wireless load-balancing feature of its IEEE 802.11a/b/g XS-3900 family of Wi-Fi Arrays. These devices combine the functionality of a WLAN switch/controller with Integrated Access Points (IAPs) in a single device. The Wi-Fi Array includes 16 high-gain, multi-sector antennas housed in a circular enclosure.

    Engineers deployed a single Xirrus XS-3900 Wi-Fi Array to evaluate its advanced wireless load-balancing feature and the benefits provided to a typical wireless corporate network. Moreover, engineers tested the XS-3900 Wi-Fi Array for user scalability. To illustrate the benefits of the Xirrus Wi-Fi offering, some of the tests were conducted inside a specialized cage, called a Faraday Cage, to eliminate possible wireless interference. Tests were conducted in October 2006.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus, Inc. XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array, Array Resiliency Evaluation: Wireless Distribution System, Radio, Ethernet and Array-to-Array Failover

    Document number: 207169
    Release Date: 23 Jan 2007

    Xirrus, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the resiliency and failover features of its IEEE 802.11a/b/g XS-3x00 family of Wi-Fi Arrays.

    Tolly Group engineers deployed a set of Xirrus XS-3x00 Wi-Fi Arrays to evaluate the resiliency of its Wireless Distribution System (WDS) feature when configured in wireless-to-wireless and wireless-to-wired scenarios to illustrate the effectiveness of the Wi-Fi Array when broken links appear. Testing occurred in October 2006.

    Wireless LANs
    Siemens Enterprise Networks Tolly Group White Paper Series sponsored by Siemens: Evaluating Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems vs. Cisco and Network Chemistry

    Document number: 206156
    Release Date: 31 Oct 2006

    Siemens commissioned The Tolly Group in September 2006 to conduct a comprehensive hands-on evaluation of Siemens HiPath Wireless Manager HiGuard. This white paper provides a detailed evaluation of the capabilities of the Siemens HiGuard versus rival products from Cisco Systems and Network Chemistry.

    Tolly Group engineers examined a variety of capabilities delivered by the Siemens HiGuard, a multi-faceted integrated WIPS designed to protect enterprise network infrastructures from wireless attacks. The Siemens HiGuard detected 100% of security threats launched against it.

    This September 2006 white paper provides a comprehensive look at the Siemems HiPath Wireless Manager HiGuard and the necessary tools for corporations to effectively evaluate WIPS.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus Inc. XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array Indoor Wi-Fi Wireless User Scalability Evaluation of 802.11a/b/g Access Point

    Document number: 206152
    Release Date: 20 Oct 2006

    Xirrus Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance of its IEEE 802.11a/b/g XS-3x00 family of Wi-Fi Arrays. These devices combine the functionality of a WLAN switch/controller with Integrated Access Points (IAPs) in a single device. The Wi-Fi array includes 16 high-gain, multi-sector antennas housed in a circular enclosure.

    Engineers deployed and configured a single Xirrus XS-3900 Wi-Fi Array to evaluate the maximum number of simultaneous active users supported. Moreover, the device was tested for both transmission rate and signal range. Tests were conducted in August 2006.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus Inc. XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array Outdoor Wi-Fi Wireless Performance Evaluation of 802.11a/b/g Access Point Rate and Range

    Document number: 206151
    Release Date: 16 Oct 2006

    Xirrus Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance of its IEEE 802.11a/b/g XS-3x00 family of Wi-Fi Arrays. These devices combine the functionality of a WLAN switch/controller with Integrated Access Points (IAPs) in a single device. The Wi-Fi array includes 16 high-gain, multi-sector antennas housed in a circular enclosure.

    Engineers performed a battery of outdoor tests in an open field to illustrate real-world outdoor performance. Tests were conducted with a pair of Xirrus XS-3900 Wi-Fi arrays acting as a WDS (Wireless Distribution System) — a wireless backbone — as well as between a single Wi-Fi array and an end-user station using a standard 802.11a/b/g wireless card. Testing evaluated the performance and range characteristics. Tests were conducted in August 2006.
    Wireless LANs
    3Com Corp. 3Com Unified Gigabit Wireless PoE Switch 24, Unified Management Feature Verification and Performance Evaluation of SMB-Class Unified Wired and Wireless LAN Switching Solution

    Document number: 206155
    Release Date: 03 Oct 2006

    3Com Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance and feature support of its 3Com Unified Gigabit Wireless PoE Switch 24, 3Com Wireless 7760 11a/b/g PoE Access Point and 3Com Wireless 8760 Dual Radio 11a/b/g PoE Access Point for the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market.

    Engineers found that the switch offered a centralized management interface with one IP address to manage wired and wireless LAN segments/devices. The switch also delivered 24 GbE ports capable of wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet throughput along with Power over Ethernet (PoE). Plus the switch offers features like RF management, and fast roaming between wireless Access Points (APs) when used with 7760 and 8760 APs. Testing took place in September 2006.

    Wireless LANs
    Xirrus, Inc. Xirrus XS-3900-16 Wi-Fi Array, Indoor Wi-Fi Wireless Performance Evaluation of 802.11a/b/g Access Point Rate and Range

    Document number: 206150
    Release Date: 15 Sep 2006

    Xirrus Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance of its IEEE 802.11a/b/g XS-3x00 family of Wi-Fi Arrays. These devices combine the functionality of a WLAN switch/controller with Integrated Access Points (IAPs) in a single device. The Wi-Fi Array includes 16 high-gain, multi-sector antennas housed in a circular enclosure.

    Engineers performed a battery of indoor tests, in both line-of-sight and obstructed settings, to evaluate the performance and range characteristics of the solution when used with standard wireless notebooks outfitted with standard 802.11a/b/g cards. To illustrate the benefits of the Xirrus offering, the same tests were also run using a leading commercially available enterprise access point, identified herein as a “traditional” access point. Testing was performed in August 2006.
    Wireless LANs
    Siemens Enterprise Networks White Paper Sponsored by Siemens: Evaluating Wireless IPS Systems

    Document number: 206119
    Release Date: 18 Apr 2006

    This Tolly Group white paper, commissioned by Siemens, focuses on the key issues users must consider when evaluating wireless intrusion prevention systems. For the report, The Tolly Group evaluated HiPath Wireless Manager Advanced (HWMA), a multi-faceted WIPS designed to protect enterprise network infrastructures from wireless attacks.

    The Tolly Group assessed the capability of HWMA to detect and block a range of wireless threats — from dealing with rogue APs, to detection and prevention of access point (AP) MAC address spoofing, to detection and prevention of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and several others.

    Tolly Group engineers measured the effectiveness of HWMA against two other products: AirMagnet Inc.’s AirMagnet Enterprise and Aruba Networks Aruba Mobility Controller. Tests were conducted at AirTight Networks facilities in Mountain View, CA during December 2005.
    Wireless LANs
    Fortress Technologies, Inc Fortress Technologies, Inc. Fortress Security Controller FC-X Encryption and Compression Performance Evaluation of Three Models (FC-1500, FC-500 and FC-250)

    Document number: 206104
    Release Date: 20 Mar 2006

    Fortress Technologies commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance of the company’s flagship FC-X Security Controller. The Fortress FC-X is a high-performance security appliance with Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and is an integral part of the Fortress Security System designed to provide high performance, secure and reliable connectivity to wireless LANs and fixed wireless networks using Wi-MAX, free space optics, satellite, or other point-to-point links.

    The Tolly Group conducted steady-state zero-loss (<0.001%) encryption and compression throughput and latency tests in two FC-X boxes for a variety of Ethernet frame sizes. The FC-X also was subjected to extensive performance tests designed to measure the scalability of the FC-X Security Controller in three selectable performance modules: FC-1500, FC-500 and FC-250.

    Finally, The Tolly Group measured the zero-loss throughput in Mbps across the FC-X pair on an encrypted link for different data types (most-compressible traffic and least-compressible traffic) and various numbers of emulated clients for the three FC-X models. For the latency test, The Tolly Group measured the average Store-and-Forward latency for the least-compressible data type and a single client for the FC-1500 model only.

    Wireless LANs
    Edgewater Wireless Inc. Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 Multi-Channel Wireless Chipset

    Document number: 206121
    Release Date: 01 Mar 2006

    Note: This document has been superceded by Tolly document #212106.

    Click the link for the 2012 report: Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 Access Point Multi-Channel vs. Single-Channel Access Point Performance

    Edgewater commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its EAP3000 multi-channel, wireless chipset’s aggregate 802.11b/g throughput in a reference platform against three commercially available, single-channel enterprise-class 802.11g access points.

    Eight different throughput test client mode/association speed combinations were used to verify that performance differences are consistent across an array of connection types. To minimize the impact of RF anomalies and environmental noise, encourage repeatability, and focus on optimal throughput, engineers connected wireless LAN clients to each access point tested over a wired RF link. Attenuation was introduced to some or all of the clients to reflect real-world conditions. Multiple permutations of the tests were run, each having a different set of standard and association rates for the clients.

    Results show that the AP based on multi-channel Edgewater technology delivers consistently higher performance than any of the three commercially-available single-channel APs tested.

    Wireless LANs
    AirTight Networks, Inc. White Paper Sponsored by AirTight Networks: Evaluating Wireless IPS Systems

    Document number: 206103
    Release Date: 06 Feb 2006

    This Tolly Group white paper, commissioned by AirTight Networks, Inc., focuses on the key issues users must consider when evaluating wireless intrusion prevention systems. For the report, The Tolly Group evaluated SpectraGuard Enterprise, a multi-faceted WIPS designed to protect enterprise network infrastructures from wireless attacks.

    The Tolly Group assessed the capability of SpectraGuard Enterprise to detect and block a range of wireless threats — from dealing with rogue APs, to detection and prevention of access point (AP) MAC address spoofing, to detection and prevention of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and several others.

    Tolly Group engineers measured the effectiveness of SpectraGuard Enterprise against two other products: AirMagnet Inc.’s AirMagnet Enterprise and Aruba Networks Aruba Mobility Controller. Tests were conducted at AirTight Networks facilities in Mountain View, CA during December 2005.
    Wireless LANs
    Airgo Networks. Inc. Airgo AGN1012MP, AGN0923AR and AGN1223AR True MIMO Enhanced 802.11a/b/g Adapter, Competitive Wireless LAN Performance Evaluation versus Non-Airgo Equipment

    Document number: 205117
    Release Date: 25 Sep 2005

    Airgo Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate a wireless router and wireless laptop PC that are based on Airgo Networks’ True MIMO™ antenna and chipset design. True MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) uses a smart radio technology that promises to increase speed, coverage, and reliability for wireless systems.

    Tolly Group engineers tested the Airgo AGN1012MP module embedded in a Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. X25 laptop PC. The Samsung laptop is a 802.11a/b/g solution that has been enhanced with Airgo’s True MIMO technology to improve wireless performance while maintaining interoperability with the millions of 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a devices across the globe. It was paired with a Linksys WRT54GX (also with an embedded Airgo AGN1223AR radio module) in tests of 2.4-GHz 802.11b/g. The Tolly Group also tested the Samsung X25 in a 5-GHz 802.11a scenario, pairing it with a SOHOware, Inc. AeroGuard AGN1200 access point that utilized Airgo’s True MIMO technology.

    Engineers measured the downstream effective throughput (from the AP/router to the client) of the Samsung X25 laptop PC and the Airgo-based APs to which it was paired in the 802.11 b/g and 802.11a tests. In addition to throughput, engineers measured the range at which the pairs could communicate at a minimum of 10 Mbps across varying distances in an effort to establish a credible effective coverage area metric. Effective throughput is a metric that combines throughput with coverage area.

    The Airgo-enabled devices were tested against product pairings that utilize Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp. chipset technology.
    Wireless LANs
    Samsung Electronics Samsung Electronics: Linksys WRT54GX and Samsung X25 Laptop Competitive Wireless LAN performance

    Document number: 205115
    Release Date: 31 Aug 2005

    Samsung Electronics commissioned The Tolly Group to examine the effective throughput and relative coverage area delivered by the Samsung X25 laptop PC when paired with an access point that utilizes Airgo Networks’s True MIMO™ wireless chipset versus devices that employ other brand components.

    Engineers measured the upstream and downstream effective throughput of the Linksys WRT54GX and the Samsung Electronics X25 laptop PC, and measured the range at which the pair could communicate at a minimum of 10 Mbps across variable distances to establish a credible effective coverage area metric. Effective throughput is a metric that combines throughput with coverage area. Both devices, which use Airgo’s True MIMO chipset, were tested against non-MIMO devices, such as the Linksys WRT54G broadband router, the Samsung X25 (with an Intel Centrino 2915ABG), and a Dell Inspiron 8600 (with a Broadcom 1450 Dual Band chipset).

    Tests show that the Samsung X25 laptop and the WRT54GX tandem delivered over 10X greater throughput than the average of competitive devices tested and supported Ethernet-speed communications across an area that is 19X greater than the average of rival devices tested.



    The full report is available via the link near the bottom of the page. Click here to download a one page summary document
    Wireless LANs
    VeriWave, Inc. VeriWave WaveTest WLAN Performance Analysis System, VoWLAN Test using VeriWave VoIP over WLAN Analysis Test Suite

    Document number: 205130
    Release Date: 29 Aug 2005

    VeriWave commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its flagship WaveTest WLAN Performance Analysis System focusing on VoIP performance testing. VeriWave delivers test solutions for WLAN chipsets, WLAN access points, embedded and external WLAN clients and WLAN networks. VeriWave provides WaveSuites, designed to perform complex tests addressing real-world WLAN applications such as AP conformance/performance measurement, client conformance/performance measurement, chipset conformance and VoIP over WLAN performance measurement. For this round of tests, The Tolly Group limited the scope of the testing to VeriWave’s VoIP performance testing, implemented by the WaveSuite: VoIP over WLAN Analysis Test Suite.

    Tolly Group engineers examined the VoIP over WLAN testing capability of the VeriWave WLAN Test Analysis System to measure loss, delay and jitter. These are used to derive the R-value, an ITU specification (G.107) for determining call quality. Also, engineers assessed the impact of QoS on the voice over the WLAN test bed with various levels of background traffic.
    Wireless LANs
    Extreme Networks Extreme Networks Summit WM1000 Switch and Altitude 350-2 Access Point, Evaluation of Wireless VoIP Roaming/Performance and Functionality

    Document number: 205126
    Release Date: 05 Aug 2005

    Extreme Networks commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Summit® WM1000 switch and its Altitude 350-2 access points to measure a variety of system performance capabilities and to assess the WLAN’s readiness to support enterprise network wireless requirements.

    Tolly Group engineers benchmarked the WLAN’s capability to support multi-subnet roaming by measuring the latency incurred during the handoff of client traffic between APs connected to the same or different Summit WM series switch. Engineers also measured the baseline packet performance of the Summit WM1000 switch, and spot-checked the client capacity supported by the device. Lastly, engineers evaluated the call quality delivered by the Summit WM1000 and Altitude 350-2 elements in an enterprise-class WLAN.
    Wireless LANs
    Belkin Corporation Belkin Corp. Wireless Pre-N Router (F5D8230-4) and Wireless Pre-N Notebook Network Card (F5D8010) Competitive Wireless LAN Performance Evaluation

    Document number: 204134
    Release Date: 23 Dec 2004

    Belkin Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate a wireless router and wireless client network interface card that are based on Airgo Networks' True MIMO™ antenna and chipset design. True MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) is the most advanced form of smart radio technology that promises to increase speed, coverage, and reliability for wireless systems. The Belkin products tested represent a pre-standard implementation of MIMO technology. MIMO technology will drive the key performance improvements in the upcoming 802.11n standard.

    Engineers measured the upstream and downstream effective throughput of the Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router (F5D8230-4) and Wireless Pre-N Notebook Network Card (F5D8010) – installed in a Dell Inspiron 8500 and measured the range at which pair could communicate at a minimum of 10 Mbps across variable distances from an access point in an effort to establish a credible effective coverage area metric. Effective throughput is a metric that combines throughput with coverage area.

    Both the Belkin router and wireless client network interface were tested against a bevy of popular 802.11b/g products from D-Link Systems Inc., Linksys Corp., Netgear, Inc. and U.S. Robotics Corp.

    Tests show that the Belkin Pre-N products tested deliver eight times greater effective network coverage and up to six times greater effective throughput, as calculated by a metric that factors in both performance and range, than standard 802.11g devices tested.
    Wireless LANs
    Aruba, an HPE company Aruba Wireless Networks’ Aruba 5000 WLAN Security System Competitive Security Evaluation

    Document number: 204144
    Release Date: 22 Nov 2004

    Aruba Wireless Networks commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Aruba 5000 WLAN switch that combines 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet switching with stateful LAN-speed firewalling, VPN concentrator features and a variety of wireless security services.

    Tolly Group engineers exposed the Aruba 5000 switch to three security scenarios to determine its effectiveness at securing communications between the switch and various access points (APs). The Aruba 5000 was subjected to a secure voice test, a variant of the “man-in-the-middle” attack, and wireless intrusion prevention scenario.

    Aruba asked The Tolly Group to compare the security features/functions of the Aruba 5000 against the Airespace 4012 WLAN switch. Airespace threatened legal action if The Tolly Group tested its product without explicit permission which it ultimately declined to give. The Tolly Group did not test the Airespace 4012 but instead relied upon publicly available information and on-the-record Airespace comments to make comparisons between the products.

    In every test instance, the Aruba 5000 demonstrated its security effectiveness. The Tolly Group also validated more than 20 key functions on the Aruba 5000 WLAN switch under its Tolly Verified certification program. Click the link at the bottom of the page to download the Test Summary document. Click here to download the document containing Airespace's official statement
    Wireless LANs
    Propagate Networks (AutoCell Labs) Propagate Networks AutoCell Evaluation of Impact on 802.11 Throughput

    Document number: 204139
    Release Date: 08 Oct 2004

    Propagate Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its AutoCell software for wireless access points (APs) and clients (laptops, PDAs, and phones). AutoCell resides in the firmware of APs and Wi-Fi client adapters where it automatically controls the complete radio frequency (RF) environment without the need for management intervention.

    Tolly Group engineers conducted a battery of throughput tests on a wireless LAN (WLAN) utilizing the embedded AutoCell software. Engineers measured and recorded the TCP and UDP file transfer throughput, streaming throughput and Web throughput of WLAN devices employing AutoCell. Tests were conducted during August 2004.

    Test results show that AutoCell usage results in more than four times the aggregate throughput achieved across the network, and in TCP file transfer tests, almost five times the throughput of devices not using AutoCell.
    Wireless LANs
    Chantry Networks, Inc. (Siemens) Tolly Group White Paper — Enterprise Wireless LANs: The Importance of Roaming Performance and Other Factors in Delivering Corporate-class VoIP Services

    Document number: 204127
    Release Date: 27 Aug 2004

    Given the VoWLAN is becoming mainstream, companies need to ensure that any wireless infrastructure they deploy not only can provide adequate RF coverage, but also provides seamless mobility so user application sessions and voice calls can roam from cell to cell without hiccups, or worse, call termination.

    Chantry Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to explore the impact that seamless mobility, low latency, low jitter and other variables have on supporting voice over wireless LANs.

    Tolly Group engineers examined the delay introduced by Chantry’s BeaconMaster wireless controllers and BeaconPoint access points. In addition it offers evidence concerning the voice quality of VoWLAN calls traversing the Chantry Networks infrastructure. Further, it discusses the chief issues users must consider when supporting a voice over WLAN infrastructure.
    Wireless LANs
    Chantry Networks, Inc. (Siemens) Chantry Networks, Inc., BeaconMaster 1000 Controller and BeaconPoint200 Evaluation of Wireless VoIP Roaming/Performance and Functionality

    Document number: 204118
    Release Date: 02 Aug 2004

    Chantry Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its BeaconMaster 1000 WLAN controller and its BeaconPoint 200 access points to measure a variety of system performance capabilities and to assess the WLAN’s readiness to support enterprise network wireless requirements.

    Tolly Group engineers benchmarked the WLAN’s capability to support multi-subnet roaming by measuring the latency incurred during the handoff of client traffic between APs connected to the same or different BeaconMaster controller. Engineers also measured the baseline packet performance of the BeaconMaster 1000 controller, and spot-checked the client capacity supported by the device. Lastly, engineers evaluated the call quality delivered by the BeaconMaster 1000 and BeaconPoint 200 elements in an enterprise-class WLAN using the R-Factor voice-quality benchmark.

    Tests show that Chantry Networks BeaconMaster and BeaconPoint WLAN components are well suited to support the needs of enterprise networks, especially when handling VoIP and other latency-sensitive applications as users roam from AP to AP. Moreover, the BeaconMaster can support up to 15 toll-quality G.711 calls.
    Wireless LANs
    Broadcom Inc. White Paper -- High-Speed Wireless LANs: The Impact of Atheros Super G proprietary Performance Mode on 802.11g Devices (sponsored by Broadcom Corp.)

    Document number: 204120
    Release Date: 01 Aug 2004

    Tolly Group testing, conducted in late 2003 and early 2004, shows that a non-standard WLAN performance-enhancement technology offered by Atheros Communications, Inc. effectively robs precious bandwidth from standards-based access points (APs)/broadband routers.

    The presence of Atheros Super G technology (as tested in a Netgear WGT624) severely degrades the performance of adjacent networks based upon Wi-Fi 802.11g standards. The effects can be observed even when the networks are separated by distances of up to 150’.

    When a standards-based Belkin AP/router (based on Broadcom technology) operated 30’ away from a Netgear AP implementing Atheros Super G, system throughput dropped over 90% from 23 Mbps to just 1.3 Mbps.

    Wireless LANs
    Chantry Networks, Inc. (Siemens) Chantry Networks, Inc., BeaconMaster 1000 Controller and BeaconPoint200 VoIP Performance and Systems Throughput

    Document number: 204126
    Release Date: 19 Jul 2004

    Chantry Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its BeaconMaster 1000 WLAN controller and its BeaconPoint 200 access points to measure a variety of system performance capabilities and to assess the WLAN’s readiness to support enterprise network wireless requirements.

    Tolly Group engineers benchmarked the WLAN’s capability to support multi-subnet roaming by measuring the latency incurred during the handoff of client traffic between APs connected to the same or different BeaconMaster controller. Engineers also measured the baseline packet performance of the BeaconMaster 1000 controller, and spot-checked the client capacity supported by the device. Lastly, engineers evaluated the call quality delivered by the BeaconMaster 1000 and BeaconPoint 200 elements in an enterprise-class WLAN.

    Tests show that Chantry Networks BeaconMaster and BeaconPoint WLAN components are well suited to support the needs of enterprise networks, especially when handling VoIP and other latency-sensitive applications as users roam from AP to AP.
    Wireless LANs
    Intel Corporation Intel® IXP425/IXP422/IXP420 Network Processors Performance Analysis of 802.11 Broadband Routers and Access Points

    Document number: 204131
    Release Date: 29 Jun 2004

    Intel Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to benchmark the performance of several commercially available 802.11 wireless gateways (wireless broadband routers and access points) that utilize the Intel® IXP425, IXP422 and the IXP420 network processors, and compare the performance of those devices against other, generally available products based upon alternative chipsets.

    Tolly Group engineers used the industry-accepted IXIA IxChariot’s “throughput.scr” script to determine the aggregate application throughput of the devices under test. Tests were performed using the standard script provided by IxChariot version 4.3, “throughput.scr” with 1-MB file size under identical test conditions with the clients running IxChariot Performance Endpoint version 4.5. Tests were conducted with three data traffic scenarios (1) upstream (2) downstream and (3) bidirectional in network topologies of WLAN-to-LAN, WLAN-to-WAN and Wireless Distribution System (WDS).

    Engineers measured application throughput for devices supporting 802.11g and 802.11b wireless standards. Extensive testing was conducted during May 2004. Test results show that the wireless gateways based upon the Intel IXP425, IXP422 and IXP420 either outperform competitive products in every scenario, or provide performance on par with other devices.
    Wireless LANs
    Symbol Technologies, Inc. (Motorola) White Paper: “Wireless TCO: The Value of an Overlay Network”

    Document number: 204101
    Release Date: 21 Jun 2004

    This comprehensive white paper, commissioned by Symbol Technologies, focuses on the performance of Symbol’s WS 5000 Wireless Switch architecture and its “thin” approach to access point technology. Tolly Group engineers measured the performance of the WS 5000 against a traditional “fat” AP approach from Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Tolly Group engineers found that the Symbol thin Access Port (Symbol’s variant of an access point) and Symbol’s WS 5000 Wireless Switch, together deliver superior throughput for users that roam across an enterprise network – meaning Symbol’s wireless solution afford users greater mobility than the “fat” AP Cisco approach tested. The white paper also examines battery life issues and how Symbol’s AP technology contributes to greater productivity gains by extending battery life.

    This report also chronicles Symbol’s leadership in wireless standards development and its dedication to evolving wireless services. Further, a brief Cost-of-Ownership discussion examines the areas in which Symbol’s wireless solution can contribute to a lower total cost-of-ownership.
    Wireless LANs
    Engim, Inc EN-3000 Multi-Channel Wireless Chipset 802.11b/g Throughput Evaluation

    Document number: 204116
    Release Date: 28 Mar 2004

    Engim, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its EN-3000 multi-channel, wireless chipset’s aggregate 802.11b/g throughput in a reference platform against three commercially available, single-channel enterprise-class 802.11g access points.

    Results show that the AP based on multi-channel Engim technology delivers consistently higher performance than any of the three commercially-available single-channel APs tested. In every scenario, the Engim results are at least three times greater than the other AP’s results. In most scenarios, Engim results are 10 to 20 times greater and, in several tests, approximately 50 times greater than the other product’s.
    Wireless LANs
    Symbol Technologies, Inc. (Motorola) Symbol Technologies Wireless Switch System 5000 802.11b Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Systems Aironet 1220 Access Point

    Document number: 204100
    Release Date: 16 Feb 2004

    Symbol Technologies commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Wireless Switch System, which is comprised of the WS 5000 Wireless Switch and one or more AP100 Access Ports. The WS 5000 is a switch that centralizes unified access, security, policy management and Quality of Service for the wireless network, while the Access Port consists of the wireless LAN radio and antenna. This design represents a ‘skinny’ approach to wireless in which the intelligence usually reserved for access points is relocated to a centralized switch and the Access Port handles radio functions only.

    Tolly Group engineers tested the WS 5000 and Access Port against a Cisco Systems Aironet 1220 Access Point, which represents a ‘fat’ AP design in which intelligence is located in the access point.

    Engineers measured the raw throughput and latency of devices under test using Chariot software. A multi-BSS performance test proved the performance advantages of assigning multiple BSSIDs against a single BSSID while implementing virtual WLANs. Another test measured the throughput with virtual WLANs enabled and in the presence of background broadcast traffic. Engineers also validated the security options available in both the systems and The Tolly Group validated the Symbol Wireless LAN System’s QoS facilities by prioritizing traffic by application or by WLAN.
    Wireless LANs
    Intel Corporation Intel IXP425/IXP420 Network Processors, Performance Analysis of 802.11 Broadband Routers and Access Points

    Document number: 203141
    Release Date: 23 Dec 2003

    Intel Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to benchmark the performance of several commercially available 802.11 wireless gateways (wireless broadband routers and access points) that utilize the Intel IXP425 and the Intel IXP420 network processors, and compare the performance of those devices against other generally available products based upon rival chipsets.

    Test results show that the wireless gateways based upon the Intel IXP425 and IXP420, respectively, either outperform competitive products in most scenarios, or provide performance on par with other devices.

    Broadband access router tests included commercially available gear from Linksys (Intel IXP425 & Broadcom technology), D-Link (ARM9), and Netgear (Broadcom 4702).

    Access points from 3Com, Cisco(IBM PowerPC), D-Link (Intel IXP420) and Linksys (Broadcom) were also evaluated.
    Wireless LANs
    Meru Networks, Inc. Meru Wireless LAN Performance: Call Quality, Scalability and QoS

    Document number: 203128
    Release Date: 03 Dec 2003

    Meru Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Meru Wireless LAN System, which consists of the Meru Access Point and the Meru Controller. The Meru AP supports 802.11 standards. The Meru Controller is a wireless LAN appliance that coordinates APs and enforces all wireless LAN policies including security, plug-and-play deployment, RF management, mobility, contention management, and Quality of Service.

    Tolly Group engineers measured the toll quality of calls traversing the Meru AP, as well as determined how call quality is maintained as the number of calls handled by the AP scales. The Tolly Group also measured toll quality during user session hand off between APs. And engineers also measured the aggregate application throughput for up to 30 wireless LAN users per AP. Lastly, engineers examined the deployment time for Meru AP and other Meru wireless LAN components. Testing occurred during November 2003.

    Wireless LANs
    Aruba, an HPE company Aruba Wireless Networks Aruba 5000 Wi-Fi Switch/Aruba 52 Access Point - Encrypted Wireless Performance

    Document number: 203126
    Release Date: 23 Oct 2003

    Aruba Wireless Networks commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Aruba 5000 Wireless LAN Switch and its Aruba 52 access point. The Aruba 5000 is a four-slot WLAN switch with an integrated VPN gateway that operates at 10/100/1000 Mbps and combines firewall and VPN functionality along with wireless service. The Aruba 52 access point is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a (54 Mbps) and 802.11b (11 Mbps).

    Engineers conducted an IPSec throughput test designed to measure the aggregate internal performance of the Aruba 5000 switch. A second test measured the real-world throughput of the Aruba 5000 with an integrated VPN gateway supporting a large-scale wireless client/server network. Lastly, Tolly Group engineers validated 20 different features of the Aruba 5000 WLAN switch and the Aruba 52 AP. All tests were performed in September 2003.
    Wireless LANs
    NEC America, Inc. NEC WL2000 Series Wireless Switch/NEC WL1200 Series Access Point

    Document number: 203142
    Release Date: 21 Oct 2003

    NEC. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its WL2000 Series Wireless Switch and NEC WL1200 Access Point. The WL2000 Series Wireless Switch offers up to 24 10/100 Ethernet interfaces to provide Ethernet switching capabilities and communication paths to WL1200 Access Points. The NEC WL1200 AP is an 802.11 a/b/g device that connects to the WL2000 Series Wireless Switch via Fast Ethernet and communicated with wireless clients.

    Engineers sought to determine the effectiveness of NEC products at supporting VoIP over 802.11b wireless LAN connections with key capabilities such as: QoS prioritization of VoIP over non real-time traffic, support for maximum VoIP phone loading, acceptable hand-off times for calls roaming between switches, and acceptable latency characteristics.
    Wireless LANs
    Airespace, Inc. (Cisco) Airespace, Inc. Airespace 4000 Wireless Switch/Airespace 1200 Access Point

    Document number: 203123
    Release Date: 03 Oct 2003

    Airespace, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its Airespace 4000 Wireless Switch and Airespace 1200 Access Point. The Airespace 4000 Wireless Switch offers up to 24 10/100 Ethernet interfaces to provide Ethernet switching capabilities and communication paths to Airespace 1200 Access Points. The Airespace 1200 AP is an 802.11 a/b/g device that connects to the Airespace 4000 switch via Fast Ethernet and communicated with wireless clients.

    Engineers sought to determine the effectiveness of Airespace products at supporting VoIP over 802.11b wireless LAN connections with key capabilities such as: QoS prioritization of VoIP over non real-time traffic, support for maximum VoIP phone loading, acceptable hand-off times for calls roaming between switches, and acceptable latency characteristics.
    Wireless LANs
    Dominion Lasercom, Inc. Dominion Lasercom, Inc. DAViD (Digital Audio Video infrared Data) Free Space Optic (FSO) System Performance Evaluation

    Document number: 202116
    Release Date: 01 Aug 2002

    Dominion Lasercom, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the zero-loss throughput, voice quality and operational compatibility of its Digital Audio Video infrared Data (DAViD) free space optic (FSO) system. The DAViD system was tested in two configurations: an SNMP-ready (or managed) configuration and an unmanaged configuration. Wireless LANs
    Western Multiplex Corp. (Proxim) Western Multiplex Corp. Tsunami 100, 45, and 10 Wireless /Ethernet Bridges Layer 2 and Application Performance Evaluation

    Document number: 201106
    Release Date: 01 May 2001

    Western Multiplex Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate three of its Tsunami Wireless Ethernet Bridge pairs: the Tsunami 100, 100 Mbit/s wireless Ethernet, the Tsunami 45, 45 Mbit/s wireless Ethernet, and the Tsunami 10, 10 Mbit/s wireless Ethernet. Each device was either tested for Layer 2 or application throughput using a variety of frame sizes and signal attenuation levels. The majority of tests were conducted at the receiver threshold, which is defined as the greatest distance between two bridges where the link is maintained. Any further attenuation would extend the receiver beyond the threshold and would result in the link being terminated. Thus, the receiver threshold is the “worst case” scenario. Wireless LANs
    Moby Dark Inc. Moby Dark Inc. MDZR Wireless Router Wireless 802.11b LAN/WAN Network Routing Evaluation

    Document number: 200229
    Release Date: 01 Dec 2000

    Moby Dark, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate its MDZR Wireless Router. This device is a purpose-built chassis housing an Intel processor that runs a network-centric operating system kernel called MobyBSD. The chassis is outfitted with one 802.3 10/100 Ethernet card and up to two 802.11b Wireless Ethernet cards turning it into a standards-based wireless router capable of integrating wired and wireless nets into a unified IP network. The MDZR Wireless Router works with industry-standard wireless network interface cards available in the market today. For these tests, The Tolly Group built a legacy “wired” IP network based around a Cisco Systems Inc. 2600 IP Router running IOS version 12.0 (3) T3. The MDZR wired-to-wireless IP router was integrated into this environment and tests were conducted to demonstrate that the MDZR Wireless Router could interoperate with the Cisco router running Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v.2, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v.2 and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) v.4 routing protocols. Each MDZR Wireless Router was equipped with two Lucent WaveLAN Wireless adapters. Wireless LANs
    RDC Communications, LTD. (Marconi) RDC Communications LTD. PortLAN*PCMCIA Wireless LAN Adapter Performance and Robustness

    Document number: 5281
    Release Date: 01 Sep 1995

    RDC Communications Ltd. Commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate their PortLAN PCMCIA Wireless LAN Adapter and compare it to products from AT&T, Proxim and Xircom.

    The Tolly Group evaluated the products for performance in a typical office environment. Key aspects of the radio link, such as reliability and availability, were exercised and quantified.
    Wireless LANs
    Cylink Corporation Cylink Corp. Airlink Bridge - Wireless Bridge Performance

    Document number: 5264
    Release Date: 01 May 1995

    Cylink Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to test the frames-per-second handling capacity of the Cylink AirLink (wireless) bridge and to demonstrate the bridge's ability to connect Ethernet LANs at extended distances.

    In addition to performing baseline tests with the bridges co-located The Tolly Group's lab, engineers performed testing at two set of other sites separated by distances of 2 and 12 miles respectively.
    Wireless LANs