We use NetIQ's Qcheck
to test Wireless Routers.
We test the wireless and router portions of wireless routers
Here's a diagram of the test setup:
LAN and WAN Ethernet Clients:
"Beige box" Celeron 300A,
"Compaq 5451, AMD K-6 500MHz,
Compaq 1650 (Pentium 266), 64MB,
Here's how we test:
Location and Test Condition Details - Wireless Tests:
Testing is done in recently constructed wood frame
two floor residence. Home has heating/cooling metal ductwork
throughout. The Wireless Router (WR) is placed on a table
away from metal cabinets and RF sources in a corner lower level
room for all tests. For each of the four conditions, the
Qcheck suite of tests is run
between the wireless client and a LAN Ethernet client.
The router portion of the product is not used in these tests.
Condition #1: WR and wireless client
in same room, approximately 10 feet apart.
Condition #2: Client in upper floor room
directly above WR, approximately 15 feet apart. No metal
ductwork between WR and client.
Condition #3: Client on same floor as
WR but in another room approximately 50 feet away. Walls,
but no metal ductwork between the client and WR antennas.
Condition #4: Client on upper floor at
opposite end of residence, approximately 55 feet away.
Walls, floor, and probable metal ductwork between WR and client.
Location and Test Condition Details - Router Tests:
The Qcheck suite of tests is
run on the router portion of the WR between Ethernet based
clients on the WAN and LAN sides of the router. The
wireless portion of the product is not used in these tests.
A suite of WAN-to-LAN tests is run to simulate "normal"
router operation. Then the same suite of tests is
run from LAN-to-WAN, to simulate the performance that a LAN based
server being accessed from the Internet (WAN) side of the router
would experience. Due to the way that Qcheck works, the
LAN client is either placed in the router's "DMZ" (all
ports opened to the client), or the specific ports that Qcheck
needs are forwarded/mapped to the LAN client