Developing a new wireless product in 2018? Don’t forget about backwards compatibility testing!

December 12, 2017

As new Wi-Fi standards emerge, manufacturers also develop new gateways, hubs and devices. And while presenting the market with a new product family offers a competitive advantage, it is important to ensure that new devices are backwards compatible. Given that the majority of households fall in the “late adopter” category, not thoroughly conducting interoperability testing in the development phase can lead to customers that are less than satisfied with their user experience.

Multi-faceted, comprehensive wireless testing assures that the customer’s experience is ideal, right out of the box and regardless of their current set-up. Allion USA first tests products for industry compliance and backwards compatibility within each wireless standard iteration. This is done by tapping into our extensive and well-maintained device library. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, Allion USA’s Device Library has both the latest 802.11 standard hubs/gateways as well as older 802.11 standard solutions for backwards compatibility testing.

Next, our team tests the device’s wireless features in a real-world scenario to make sure the customer will not experience a degradation of performance when operating alongside multiple devices. Allion USA’s real-world test homes and fleet of vehicles means that nothing is overlooked when we examine device operation and functionality.

Are you venturing into IoT product development in 2018? If so, we recommend building cycles for real-world testing into your development timeline to ensure backwards compatibility and an ideal user experience prior to your device hitting the marketplace.

For additional details, check out our Solution Brief to learn more about Allion USA’s device library and the importance of interoperability testing. Or, better yet, contact a member of our team to discuss your unique testing needs.