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Navigating the world of CPE devices

If you are a vendor, provider, or user of home and business broadband CPE, you know that they are becoming increasingly complex and powerful devices. CPE operate in a world of hundreds of different protocols and topologies that are specific to each deployment.

Here you will find our knowledge base of information related to this interesting and challenging world of CPE devices.

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Webinars

QA Cafe conducts regular webinars on both the basics of CPE protocols and how to test them in CDRouter.

SNMP Scenario Testing
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CDRouter 10.1 adds the ability to build custom “scenario” tests to exercise the behavior of a DUT’s SNMP stack and MIB. Similar to our TR-069 scenarios test cases, this allows you to set up tests that perform SNMP get requests, set requests, etc. on MIB objects specific to your DUT to see if the correct more »

CDRouter 10 Basics
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Have you just started using CDRouter as a new customer or demo user, or want to know some immediate tips and tricks you can use to get testing quickly? Join our CDRouter support team as they show you the basics specific to CDRouter 10: How to create an initial test configuration How to create a more »

Small Net Builder Test Process and Device Qualification
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The popular review and ranking website for home networking, Wifi, NAS, and other connected consumer devices, smallnetbuilder.com, revamped its test procedures in 2016 and added a host of functional, scaling, and performance test cases exclusive to CDRouter to measure and rank the quality of small network equipment. This is exciting news for the retail consumer more »
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Training

Our training guides give you an overview of how to correctly implement and test the common protocols used in today’s CPE devices.

TR-069 Training Series

Other training topics

Known Gateway Bugs – Ignoring Credentials
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Holes in home gateway security allow for a malicious hacker to take over a gateway in the way they would any other computer system. While the holes in most cases have been complex and deep seated bugs that would be hard to find without a lot of work, there are some easy to find bugs more »

DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation in Edge Routers
Tags: Business Gateway, DHCP, DHCPv6, DOCSIS, Home Router, IPv6, Service Provider Networks

In the course of developing the test suite for DHCPv6 prefix delegation, QA Cafe encountered a number of implementation issues that impact the functionality of IPv6 connectivity. Some of these potential implementation issues are discussed below. Learn more about CDRouter IPv6 Implementation Issues with IPv6 Prefix Delegation in DHCP Now that IPv6 is moving out more »

TR-069 Training Series: Overview of a TR-069 Session
Tags: Business Gateway, Home Router, Service Provider Networks

Overview of a TR-069 Session TR-069 refers to the Technical Report published by the Broadband Forum that defines the CPE WAN Management Protocol, or CWMP. CWMP was developed to allow providers of broadband services to deploy and manage customer premises equipment in home and business networks. In the beginning, TR-069 was targeted towards the home more »
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Testing Guides

Our testing guides give you an in-depth look at how to setup and configure your test environment and configure CDRouter to test complex deployment scenarios.

Testing a Wifi Booster or Range Extender
Tags: Repeater, Scalability, Wifi, Wifi Mesh

Devices that enhance consumer Wifi are becoming more and more prevalent, both off the shelf and deployed by service providers. A Wifi booster or Wifi range extender is sometimes a simple repeater, but more often they act as layer 2 bridges, and can still be tested for performance and management via TR-069 or SNMP. Testing more »

What should you test in Wifi mesh enabled routers?
Tags: Consumer Electronics, Core, DNS, Home Router, Mesh, nmap, Scaling, security, Wifi

Of all of the things about broadband service that is most keenly felt by the end user, it’s the quality of their Wifi networks. Wifi is unique in that it is a complex networking system that users are aware of, and make purchasing decisions for consumer electronics and for broadband service around it. Realizing this, more »

Testing Wifi Guest Mode
Tags: Core, Home Router, Wifi, Wireless

One of the most common use cases for Wifi is the ability to set up a guest network alongside another network that is used by the home user, business, or other organization. It’s also a source of a lot of problems: guaranteeing that the Wifi router or AP can handle the number of clients connecting; more »