VeriWave Tests IP Traffic
April 16, 2007
"Line-rate Layer 4 traffic generation and test capabilities" mean VeriWave can compete with other TCP/IP traffic testers like Chariot.
802.11 equipment tester VeriWave has added the ability to check performance of stateful TCP/IP behavior on a WLAN with its latest update to its WaveTest product.
"TCP/IP content was always there," says Eran Karoly, vice president of marketing for the company. "The difference is between simple content and stateful TCP/IP behavior -- there's a higher level of difficulty in sustaining TCP/IP for hundreds of clients, which is what we're adding."
WaveTest is a traffic generator and performance analyzer. This new addition will allow product vendors, IT people and others to test traffic higher on the OSI stack -- in this case, Layer 4, the transport layer, which provides for transport of data between end users on the network. "It's nothing new in wired switching," says Karoly. "In wireless LAN, that is only emerging now: application-aware switching. We decided it was something we needed to add."
VeriWave's WaveTest -- which sells for several thousand dollars at minimum -- isn't big with the IT world, but is with vendors, and Karoly says there's been huge acceptance of the product by service providers. He says one carrier is using WaveTest to inspect performance of 11 different vendors before they deploy their network of WLAN equipment.