After the first version of the report was published,Â R720Â was found to be incompatible with the PoE+ switch we used and hence the tests for R720 were done again. This report version (1.3) carries the revised data after Ruckus Retest.
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AletheaÂ took the task of evaluating the end userÂ WiFi experienceÂ with the market leading 4*4 Enterprise grade access points. The list includes UAP-AC-SHD, Cisco-3802i, Meraki-MR52, Aruba-AP325, Mist-AP41,Â Ruckus-R720 access points.
To evaluateÂ wifi experience, variousÂ popular applicationÂ types were chosen andÂ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)Â were measured for each one of them. The traffics include Video Streaming, Voice Over IP, Latency, Mixed Traffic and Uplink and Downlink throughput.
The tests were conducted atÂ different client load levelsÂ of a single client, 32 clients and 100 clients. This helped to study how the access point could scale at the increasing load levels. Single client results were captured with allÂ OSsÂ to have the baseline and peak performance numbers and to serve as a starting point to see the impact of scaling on each OS.
Real-life users useÂ different devices, phones, tablets, PCs and Laptops. We also mixed the clients between Apple devices, MAC devices, Android phone/tabs, Windows and Linux. Also, theÂ device capabilityÂ was mixed from low end to high end. There is a mix ofÂ MIMO typeÂ as well from 1*1 to 3*3. Both wave 1 and wave 2 devices were present.
All theÂ environment parameters and configurationsÂ were kept similar. All Access Points were loaded with the latest firmware as on February 2019.
This report captures the findings and the results.
Full disclosure: The tests were sponsored by Ubiquiti. However, Ubiquiti was not involved with the definition of test cases, planning, device configuration, execution or analysis of results. All these tasksÂ were independently undertaken by Alethea. Ubiquiti representatives were not present during the test preparation and execution, nor exerted any indirect influence on these activities