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Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution transforms the traditional AC + Fit AP architecture into a three-layer AC + central AP + Remote Unit (RU) distributed architecture by dividing the Fit AP layer into two parts (central APs and RUs). Central APs provide forwarding and management functions. RUs only manage air interfaces and process radio signals. This solution separates the forwarding plane from the control plane and improves radio performance. RUs can be installed in rooms and provide full indoor coverage without coverage holes. This solution is ideal for scenarios with a high-density of rooms, such as student dormitory buildings, hotels, and hospitals. It provides superior performance, good coverage, and easy management.

Tolly engineers compared Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution with wall plate AP solutions and indoor settled AP solutions from other vendors. They also evaluated features of Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution, including elastic scalability, easy management, self-networking, and Internet of Things (IoT) function integration.

Tolly designed a test environment that contained four rooms for evaluating Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution. Each room had one Huawei RU or two wall plate APs from other vendors installed on the wall. Each room had 10 users. Three settled APs were installed to the ceiling in the hallway.

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution Vs. Wall Plate AP Solutions

Single-User Performance

Tolly engineers used one Apple MacBook Pro as the test STA in room 1 to evaluate the single-user performance provided by Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution and wall plate AP solutions from other vendors.

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution using the R240D provided 621.96 Mbit/s TCP downstream throughput for a single user. For details, see Figure 1.

This test showed that Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided 122% and 128% higher single-user performance than the other two wall plate AP solutions.

Multi-User Performance

Tolly engineers used 10 Apple MacBook Pros as test STAs in room 1 to evaluate multi-user performance provided by Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution and wall plate AP solutions from other vendors.

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided 34.49 Mbit/s TCP downstream throughput for each user. For details, see Figure 1.

This test showed that Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided 45% and 41% higher multi-user performance than the other two wall plate AP solutions.

Figure 1. Service Performance Comparison between Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution and Wall Plate AP Solutions from Other Vendors

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution Vs. Indoor Settled AP Solutions

In the test environment with four rooms, Tolly engineers used 10 test STAs in each room to evaluate the signal coverage and multi-user service performance of Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution and three indoor settled AP solutions from other vendors.

Signal Coverage

In room 1, Tolly engineers randomly selected four locations to evaluate the Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI). Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution had higher signal strength which is 12 dB, 18 dB, and 22 dB higher than that of indoor settled AP solutions from the other three vendors. Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided better indoor signal coverage than indoor settled AP solutions from other vendors.

Multi-User Performance

Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided 31.62 Mbit/s TCP downstream throughput for each user on average. For details, see Figure 2.

This test showed that Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution provided 4.87 times, 5.38 times, and 4.51 times higher multi-user service performance than the tested indoor settled AP solutions.

Figure 2. Comparison of Signal Coverage and Service Performance between Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution and Indoor Settled AP Solutions from Other Vendors

Evaluation of Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution Features

  • Elastic scalability: The AD9430DN-12 central AP can directly manage 12 RUs, and the AD9430DN-24 can directly manage 24 RUs.

Tolly engineers verified that, using one PoE switch in the middle to provide more ports, one AD9430DN-12 can manage 24 RUs and one AD9430DN-24 can manage 48 RUs.

  • Easy management: The RUs are plug-and-play. The AC only needs to manage central APs. While building a Wi-Fi network, a customer only needs to buy one central AP management license for every 48 rooms (with one RU installed in each room).
  • Self-networking: In Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution, a central AP can quickly build a small- or medium-scale wireless network with the help of RUs. No AC or Network Management System (NMS) is required. This solution is applicable to small- or medium-sized enterprises and reduces network construction costs.

Tolly engineers logged in to the web page of a central AP and completed service configuration and deployment in 5 steps within three minutes. When needed, administrators can switch the working mode of an AP with one click, and flexibly select a self-networking architecture or the AC + Fit AP architecture.

  • IoT function integration: Huawei Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution supports IoT function integration. While providing high-quality wireless network coverage, this solution can also achieve IoT function integration and meets specific IoT application requirements, for example, healthcare, warehousing, and logistics.

By Wei Yupeng