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Unlike many common industry Wi-Fi performance tests, WLAN Pros set out to determine how much traffic was needed to "break" access points from nine of the industry's leading enterprise suppliers including: Aruba Networks, Aerohive, Cisco, HP, Juniper, Meraki, and Ruckus Wireless.
"With so many new Wi-Fi devices with which to contend, organizations are now demanding a well-performing wireless network and are, at times, confused and misled by vendor claims," said
Keith Parsons, a certified network engineer and managing director of Wireless LAN Professionals. "Our ultimate goal was to keep everything constant and the tests repeatable by only changing the access point. This way we could determine the edge at which these 'best in class' access points fall over."
Parsons emphasized that for this wireless testing, no donations, gifts or money were accepted from any vendor. All participating vendors were encouraged to and many did actively participate in the testing of their products. WLAN Pros purchased all the testing equipment. 30 different volunteers representing five school districts, two universities, seven WLAN AP vendors, and four competing resellers assisted Wireless LAN Professionals during their testing.
"To make the test as vendor independent as we could, we adapted the testing to ensure no single vendor had any advantage," said Parsons. "For instance, we moved the test AP location to not be centered over iPads so Ruckus adaptive antennas and interference rejection wouldn't give them an unfair advantage."