After the first version of the report was published, R720 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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Alethea took the task of evaluating the end user WiFi experience with the market leading 4*4 Enterprise grade access points. The list includes UAP-AC-SHD, Cisco-3802i, Meraki-MR52, Aruba-AP325, Mist-AP41, Ruckus-R720 access points.
To evaluate wifi experience, various popular application types were chosen and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) 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 at different client load levels 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 all OSs 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 use different devices, phones, tablets, PCs and Laptops. We also mixed the clients between Apple devices, MAC devices, Android phone/tabs, Windows and Linux. Also, the device capability was mixed from low end to high end. There is a mix of MIMO type as well from 1*1 to 3*3. Both wave 1 and wave 2 devices were present.
All the environment parameters and configurations 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 tasks were independently undertaken by Alethea. Ubiquiti representatives were not present during the test preparation and execution, nor exerted any indirect influence on these activities