CDRouter is a complete solution for testing the features, protocol, performance, and security of network devices.
Here you will find our video training series, webinars, and additional resources to help you succeed in your development and deployment of your broadband and Wi-Fi products.
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As part of our CDRouter training series, Brad gives an overview of the CDRouter user interface and how to add devices, run tests, and view results.
Brad covers how to add devices to CDRouter's device management system to assign configurations, track testing, and connect to a DUT's user interface from CDRouter's UI.
Brad demonstrates how to build a basic configuration for testing, setting up WAN and LAN endpoints.
Brad covers specific 802.11 configuration settings for testing over a wlan interface.
Brad demonstrates how to set up multiple physical or virtual WAN/LAN interfaces for testing enabled by the CDRouter Multiport expansion.
Brad demonstrates how to select tests, schedule, and launch a test package.
Brad demonstrates what the next steps are once your tests are complete, how to visualize results, and how to restart tests.
Brad shows you how to get insights into your test failures from test logs and packet captures, plus how to export and share results.
Niels demonstrates how to use the cdrouter.py scripts with your CI/CD pipeline.
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.
Security testing can be easy with the right tools! With an increase in cybercriminals targeting home/SOHO gateways and Wi-Fi APs, testing has never been more important. In this webinar, you’ll learn how monitoring the behavior of a device under test, by analyzing its live network traffic can help uncover issues that may not come to light with regular penetration testing.
CDRouter can automate an entire DOCSIS provisioning system. Focus on testing your cable modem and eRouter in a single test environment that can test every aspect of your devices from management to routing to performance.
As more and more network-capable devices are added to home and business networks, enterprise edge routers, home gateways, and access points need to be pushed to the limits and tested in ways that simulate real-world connection scenarios. In this video, you’ll learn how automated performance testing can be sourced through multiple, virtualized clients - simulating real line-rate throughput and exercising your device’s functions and features in a complex environment.
Hackers have identified subscriber home networks as rich targets for malicious attacks. As a result, broadband service providers are looking at security in the CPE to protect their subscribers, network, and brand, and Wi-Fi router manufacturers want to differentiate their products with advanced security features.
Apple HomeKit technology is being added to more and more smart home devices every day. Apple HomeKit-enabled routers are the key to an interoperable and secure user experience using this powerful solution.
This webinar includes an overview of how to test a number of protocols and features with recent versions of CDRouter
The rapid expansion of Wi-Fi as the medium of choice for home networking has introduced an explosion of new products from both new and established manufacturers.
If you’re developing a device or deployment that uses the CPE WAN Management Protocol (TR-069), like managed Wi-Fi or other services, what should you test for? What are the benefits of automating it with a dedicated test platform? What are the benefits of getting certified or asking your vendors to certify?
Though CDRouter contains thousands of test cases, much of its power comes from being a fully capable automation platform for your entire test process. In addition to automating CDRouter test cases, you can use the CDRouter API to connect with your continuous integration, external test tools, or other applications to make your testing even easier.
DOCSIS test setups have many different parts that all must be configured, maintained, and interoperable in order to reliably test Cable Modems, eRouters, and more.
It’s no question now - malicious attackers are targeting the home network, and the gateway in particular. Testing for security vulnerabilities can be tedious and ineffective if you don’t have a controlled, repeatable, and fully automated test environment.
As the official test platform for TR-069 certification, CDRouter’s TR-069 add-on turns CDRouter into a scriptable ACS simulator with test cases for protocol functionality, data model validation, and security.
CDRouter has 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.
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?
The Broadband Forum BBF.069 CPE Certification program is the industry standard for qualifying products for use in TR-069 deployments, and is critical for ensuring that your products or service deployments will operate well.
Most objects contain a set of elements containing sub-objects and parameters. Parameters are defined using the parameter element, and, like Objects, have a set of attributes and elements that describe how the parameter is to be used and its requirements.
Every data model in TR-069 contains the objects and parameters that represent the functions of a broadband CPE or other device. This includes their addressable name, syntax, data types, and a normative description of how they are to be used.
Intrinsic to the operation of CWMP are the objects and parameters made available to an ACS by a CWMP endpoint. These maps of a CPE’s capabilities and state are referred to as “data models”.
The Reboot RPC is used by the ACS to explicitly cause the device hardware to restart. This could be for any number of reasons, though should never be used as a means to force the CPE to upgrade itself.
Perhaps the biggest use case for TR-069 is managing a CPE’s firmware, allowing service providers to remotely upgrade their install base without needing to send the firmware to the customer or send an engineer.
The fundamental purpose of TR-069 is to allow an ACS to interact with the CPE’s instantiated data model, that is, the representation of its current state. The RPCs that form the basis of this include the Get and Set Parameter Values methods.
Every TR-069 session is initiated by a CWMP endpoint that is looking to deliver an event. These events have different delivery requirements, using language such as “must not discard”, “must retry until reboot”, “may retry” and “must not retry”.
In TR-069, the 4 Value Change event code is used when a parameter set for notification is changed by any mechanism other than the ACS. These conditions are set using the SetParameterAttributes RPC.
There’s one caveat to ConnectionRequests - they require that the CPE can be reached by the ACS over HTTP. For endpoints that may reside behind a Gateway, this is not the case, thanks to Network Address Translation or Firewall rules.
Though every TR-069 session is initiated by the CPE endpoint, sometimes it’s necessary for the ACS to request that the CPE contact it immediately. To do this, TR-069 defines a Connection Request mechanism in CWMP, which allows the ACS to stimulate the CPE to begin a session.
In TR-069, the CPE is always initiates a session. When making first contact with an ACS, how does it know the ACS URL it is supposed to contact?
Every TR-069 session is initiated by a CWMP Endpoint on a CPE. These sessions always occur for a specific reason, called an “Event”. All of the Events that have yet to be delivered to the ACS are contained as arguments in the Inform RPC at the start of every TR-069 session.
As new 802.11 technologies address coverage and congestion issues, Wi-Fi routers and APs must support a web of configuration and feature options while handling complex applications and networking technologies. Testing and validation of performance, stability, and interoperability are critically important for the success of your products and services.
The widely deployed TR-069 protocol and its successor, the User Services Platform (TR-369) are complex and powerful technologies that have successfully brought real value to operators, application vendors, and CE manufacturers. The key to that success is the standardization that can be tested and validated through certification programs.
The QA Cafe team works closely with the RDK community to validate the open-source RDK-B solution. Our CTO Tim Winters got a chance to sit down with Jamie Walker from the RDK Podcast to talk about testing, automation, standards, and how CDRouter helps RDK-B implementations stay robust and interoperable! Watch it here.
Whether you are a network product developer, network operator/ISP, or on a network/security operations team, learning about open-source Intrusion Detection System platforms like Suricata will help you! Watch our video to learn what it is how we use it in our products at QA Cafe.
Steen Enevoldsen is an industry veteran who has worked for both vendors and operators worldwide. He's also a CDRouter power-user! Watch this video where he explores how to get the most out of test tools like CDRouter and how to justify the purchase to your company.
Watch this special video with QA Cafe's Senior Developer and API Master, Niels Widger, to learn how to incorporate feature, security, and performance testing into your CI/CD process!
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