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Anritsu Expands Measurement Capability of MT8862A Test Set for More Efficient Testing and Verification of WLAN Chipsets Devices


Security Function and Station Mode Enhancements Help Simulate Real-World Environments to Create Comprehensive Test Solution for Variety of WLAN Applications

Richardson, TX – October 23, 2017 – Anritsu Company announces enhancements to its Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A that expand the measurement capability of the instrument in WLAN applications, including connected cars and smart home appliances. These enhancements allow chipset and device engineers to create real-world environments for more efficient testing and verification of WLAN devices, even when security features are enabled.

The WLAN Security Function available with the MX886200A-020 option addresses a growing market need to evaluate WLAN devices with security settings. The function leverages the innovative Network Mode of the MT8862A test set to create a single-instrument solution that supports evaluations of devices with built-in WLAN functions when the WLAN security is on.

With the MX886200A-020 option, the Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A uses Network Mode to execute tests, including RF TRx characteristics, when the WLAN device’s built-in Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2 security is enabled. The software allows WLAN device makers to evaluate their products under near-to-end-user usage conditions efficiently.

The STA mode enhancement complements the existing access points (AP) capability of the MT8862A so the test set can simulate stations (STA) to establish device under test (DUT) network connections using IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN protocol messaging. With the STA mode, the MT8862A emulates a UE to conduct RF measurements on routers, gateways, and similar devices using general WLAN communications procedures. The configuration creates a simpler and cost-efficient solution by eliminating the need to create a special measurement environment with specific tools and control procedures.

Supporting IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac, the Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A is the industry’s first solution capable of measuring the performance of an 802.11ac-capable WLAN DUT in the actual operating state. With the Network Mode configuration, RF performance characteristics as well as waveform coverage range can be measured over-the-air (OTA), eliminating the need for dedicated vendor-provided test modes typically required for WLAN device verification. Removal of a physical connection establishes a more accurate representation of the actual DUT performance in a real-world environment, as the measurements take into consideration the effect of the internal wireless antennas.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

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