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AP-Auto Test Suite Setup and basic AP client connectivity testing.

Goal: Setup AP-Auto preliminaries and run a basic client connectivity test for an AP using the LANforge CT523c or similar system. The AP-Auto test is similar to the TR-398 test, but is designed to be functional with a minimum amount of test equipment. A 2-radio LANforge system and DUT is all that is required to run these tests.

In this test scenario, a 6-radio LANforge CT523 is used to create stations and run the AP-Auto Basic Client Connectivity test. This example assumes you have some experience with Chamber View, and that you have a LANforge system and a DUT AP. The AP and LANforge may be in chambers, but that is not required. This feature requires LANforge version 5.4.2 or higher.

  1. Configure Chamber View for AP-Auto and Similar Tests.
    1. Click on the Chamber View button in the LANforge GUI to launch the Chamber View screen. screenshot
    2. Configure an AP under test (DUT). screenshot
    3. To configure the DUT:
      1. Right click anywhere on the canvas in Chamber View and select New DUT from the menu.
      2. Enter all the known details about the AP under test  including the SSID (multiple SSIDs if the AP has multiple  SSIDs), BSSID (multiple BSSIDs if the AP has multiple  radios with the same SSID).
      3. If the AP has security enabled, enter the security information.
      4. Set the DUT to Active by checking the Active checkbox.
      5. Select the AP DUT checkbox to indicate that this DUT is  an Access Point.
    4. Once OK is clicked, check to make sure the DUT appears in Chamber View as shown below. screenshot
    5. Select the LANforge system to be used in the test. screenshot
    6. All active LANforge systems will automatically appear in Chamber View. Select the unit being used in the test and drag to the middle of the canvas next to the AP under test. The small circles inside the LANforge box represent the SMA connectors. The columns of circles represent the individual radios in the system. For instance, in the screenshot above LF-1 has 8 columns of circle indicating 8 radios. The first four are 4x4 radios and the next four are 2x2 radios with 2 circles each.
    7. Create the test scenario

      Click on the Manage Scenarios button and then open a Create/Modify dialog box.
    8. In the Create/Modify dialog box

      1. Click on Build New button to create a new scenario.
      2. Enter a scenario name e.g: 'SimpleThput' (no spaces allowed)
      3. Click Add Row button to add one or more rows.
      4. Add the STA profile (mapped to desired wiphyX radio and DUT). Add an upstream profile mapped to DUT LAN side (or possibly WAN side if that is more appropriate for your DUT).
      5. Choose Apply and Save Scenario
  2. Configure AP-Auto settings and run Basic Client Connectivity test.
    1. Ensure that the correct scenario is chosen, then click Build Scenario screenshot
    2. Select the AP-Auto test and click Run Test. You should see the AP-Auto Test configuration window pop up. It will remember the last configuration for most fields, and you can also save and load configurations in the Advanced Configuration tab. screenshot
    3. In the AP-Auto Settings Tab

      1. Select the DUT 2G and DUT 5G SSIDs. This test requires that Open or PSK SSIDS are filled out. For SSIDs that are not enabled, leave as 'NA'.
      2. Select the LANforge radios to be used in this test. You need at least one 2.4Ghz radio and one 5Ghz radio for full functionality.
      3. At the bottom, select the Basic Client Connectivity test checkbox.
    4. Located Next to the Settings Tab, the Advanced Configuration tab lets you save and restore test configurations and also tune the behaviour of the automated tests. Station counts and skipping the single-band tests are the main options that affect this test. screenshot
    5. When the configuration is complete, click the Start button (which will change to 'Stop' once start is clicked) to start the test. An interactive report tab will be created and will be updated as the test runs. screenshot
    6. Consider changing the test result verbosity level by adjusting the Verbosity slider. Maximizing it will show all generated figures and data. The verbosity level also affects the length of the saved report.
    7. At the end of the test, click the Save HTML button to save an HTML report and generate the PDF. The PDF file will be linked from the HTML page. You can also click Save PDF and the browser will be directed to open the pdf file directly. Please see this example AP-Auto Basic Client Connectivity Report.

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