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TÜV Rheinland is now an Authorized Test Lab for Wi-Fi Alliance

TÜV Rheinland is thrilled to announce that it has become an Authorized Test Lab (ATL) for Wi-Fi Alliance® at a global level. Now, the company is among the first ATL’s in the world, so it can support the customers in Wi-Fi Alliance certification in all regions.

“Becoming an ATL at the global level represents a major step in strengthening our leadership, as well as demonstrating our prowess in wireless services, particularly in the context of the Internet of Things. We know that the technology sector is one of the most rapidly changing, so it is important for TÜV Rheinland to now be able to provide our solutions as part of the Wi-Fi Alliance because it will propel us forward in the marketplace,” said David Spencer, Director of Wireless Services at TÜV Rheinland North America.

Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that drives global Wi-Fi adoption and evolution. Its work includes the development of innovative technologies, requirements, and test programs that help ensure Wi-Fi provides users the interoperability, security, and reliability.

One of the main services to be provided by the company will be certification in Wi-Fi 7, the leading wireless protocol for high bandwidth data transfer, which is expected to start operating in 2024. Also, state of the art products across all industry sectors are now in development which will utilize expanded capabilities, considering the increased internet transfer speeds becoming available and more common usage of high-definition video and VR applications.

Among the main advantages of Wi-Fi 7 are that it supports a maximum throughput of 30Gbps and reduces latency for high network demands of 4K & 8K video streaming applications. In other words, it is a standard for a much faster, more capable, and efficient Wi-Fi, which will allow to minimize latency in streaming games, as well as to boost augmented and virtual reality, by having a more stable connection.

“For IoT Manufacturers it is essential to have Wi-Fi 7 certification during and after the production of any device, whether Bluetooth devices, computers, laptops, phones, cameras, medical devices, headsets or PDAs, because that way they ensure that it meets the legal requirements of the markets, which has faster access to trade, reduces costs, provides greater consumer satisfaction and higher volumes traded,” says Spencer.

In this way, TÜV Rheinland reinforces its leadership as trailblazer in facilitating global market access for IoT manufacturers around the world. In addition, it strengthens its strategic vision in the growth of Internet-connected devices, since according to the Wi-Fi Alliance®, the global economic value of Wi-Fi in 2023 was estimated to be more than $3.5 trillion USD and is expected to grow to $5 trillion by 2025.

What does the WiFi 7 test involve?

The WiFi 7 test involves a range of performance tests, including speed tests, latency tests, connectivity tests and more.

(1) Speed Tests

Speed tests were conducted by various organizations to test the actual internet speeds provided by WiFi 7. One of the most comprehensive tests was conducted by the University of Bristol, which used a custom-built test bed to evaluate the speeds of WiFi 7. The results showed that WiFi 7 provided speeds of up to 30 Gbps, which is more than 3 times faster than WiFi 6.

(2) Latency Tests

Latency is the time it takes for data to travel from the source to the destination. Lower latency ensures a smoother internet experience, especially for online gaming and video conferencing. Several tests were conducted to evaluate the latency of WiFi 7. One of the most notable tests was conducted by Qualcomm, which showed that WiFi 7 had a latency of fewer than 1ms.

(3) Connectivity Tests

Connectivity tests were conducted to evaluate how well WiFi 7 can handle multiple devices connected simultaneously. One of the most comprehensive tests was conducted by the University of California, which used a test bed to simulate a real-world environment with multiple devices connected simultaneously. The results showed that WiFi 7 was able to handle more than 500 devices connected simultaneously without any degradation in performance.

(4) Security Tests

Security is a significant concern when it comes to wireless internet technology. Several tests were conducted to evaluate the security of WiFi 7. One of the most notable tests was conducted by the University of Washington, which evaluated the security protocols used by WiFi 7. The results showed that WiFi 7 had robust security protocols that were difficult to breach.

(5) Compatibility Tests

Compatibility is a significant concern when it comes to upgrading to new wireless internet technology. Several tests were conducted to evaluate the compatibility of WiFi 7 with existing devices. The results showed that WiFi 7 was backwards compatible with all previous WiFi technologies, ensuring that users can upgrade to WiFi 7 without having to replace their existing devices.

(6) Deployment Tests

Deployment tests were conducted to evaluate how well WiFi 7 performs in real-world environments. One of the most comprehensive tests was conducted by the University of Edinburgh, which deployed WiFi 7 in a university campus environment. The results showed that WiFi 7 performed exceptionally well, providing fast and reliable internet connectivity to students and staff.

How can GTG Group assist you with the WiFi 7 tests?

GTG Group is a leading provider of testing and certification services. We offer a range of testing services, including WiFi 7 testing. Our team of experts has extensive experience in testing wireless technologies, and we use the latest tools and techniques to ensure that your technology meets industry standards.

What are the benefits of working with GTG Group?

There are several benefits of working with GTG Group for WiFi 7 testing. Our team of experts will work closely with you to understand your specific testing needs and develop a customized testing plan that meets your requirements. We also provide quick turnaround times for testing results, allowing you to get your technology to market faster.

What types of WiFi 7 testing does GTG Group offer?

GTG Group offers a range of WiFi 7 testing services, including performance testing, interoperability testing, security testing, and certification testing. Our testing services are comprehensive and help ensure that your technology meets industry standards and is safe for consumers to use.

(1) Performance testing

Performance testing is a type of testing that evaluates how well a technology performs under specific conditions. For WiFi 7 testing, performance testing evaluates the speed and capacity of the technology.

(2) Interoperability testing

Interoperability testing evaluates how well a technology works with other devices and systems. For WiFi 7 testing, interoperability testing evaluates how well the technology works with other wireless devices and networks.

(3) Security testing

Security testing evaluates how well a technology protects against unauthorized access and data breaches. For WiFi 7 testing, security testing evaluates how well the technology protects user data and systems from cyber threats.

(4) Certification testing

Certification testing evaluates whether a technology meets specific industry standards and regulations. For WiFi 7 testing, certification testing ensures that the technology meets industry standards for performance, security, and interoperability.

How does GTG Group conduct WiFi 7 testing?

GTG Group uses a range of tools and techniques to conduct WiFi 7 testing, including test plans, test cases, and test scripts. We also use specialized equipment to simulate various network conditions and evaluate the performance, security, and interoperability of the technology.

How long does WiFi 7 testing take?

The duration of WiFi 7 testing depends on the specific testing requirements and the complexity of the technology. However, GTG Group provides quick turnaround times for testing results, allowing you to get your technology to market faster.

WiFi 7 technology is still in development, and it is expected to be widely available to consumers in the next few years. Get ready for the next generation of WiFi technology in advance and get you ahead of the market! Contact a GTG Group WiFi 7 expert now!

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