Simulate, analyze, and test the physical layer of WLAN communications systems
WLAN Toolbox™ provides standard-compliant functions for the design, simulation, analysis, and testing of wireless LAN communications systems. The toolbox provides configurable physical layer waveforms for IEEE 802.11ax/ac/ad/ah and 802.11b/a/g/n/j/p standards. It also provides transmitter, channel modeling, and receiver operations, including channel coding, modulation (OFDM, DSSS, and CCK), spatial stream mapping, channel models (TGax, TGac, TGah, and TGn), and MIMO receivers.
You can generate multiple types of signals, including high-efficiency (HE), very-high-throughput (VHT), high-throughput (HT-mixed), legacy (non-HT), directional multigigabit (DMG), and sub 1 GHz (S1G). You can also perform signal measurements such as channel power, spectrum mask, and occupied bandwidth, and create test benches for the end-to-end simulation of WLAN communications links.
The toolbox provides reference designs to help you explore baseband specifications and study the effects of RF designs and interference sources on system performance. Using WLAN Toolbox with RF instruments or hardware support packages, you can connect your transmitter and receiver models to radio devices and verify your designs via over-the-air transmission and reception.
Generate a variety of standard-compliant Wi-Fi waveforms.
Supported 802.11 Standards
Generate IEEE 802.11ax/ac/ad/ah/j/p/n/g/a/b waveforms. Use generated waveforms to test Wi-Fi systems and as a golden reference for implementation.
PPDU Packet Formats
Specify multiple formats (HE, VHT, HT-mixed, non-HT, DMG, S1G, OFDM, DSSS, and CCK) and generate each individual preamble and data field.
Perform link-level simulations for IEEE 802.11ax/ac/ad/ah/n/j/p/g/a standards. Analyze link performance by computing the packet error rate (PER), bit error rate (BER), and throughput metrics.
Propagation Channel Models
Characterize and simulate TGax, TGac, TGah, and TGn multipath fading channels.
Throughput and PER Testing
Perform link-level BER, PER, and throughput tests.
Apply beamforming to improve the link-level performance. Apply transmit beamforming to focus energy towards a receiver. Use receive beamforming to improve the SNR by pointing receiver's main beam towards transmitter.
Test and Measurement
Build test models and perform transmitter and receiver measurements.
Perform transmitter modulation accuracy and spectrum emission mask and flatness measurements.
Perform receiver minimum input sensitivity tests.
Recover signal information and perform receiver operations.
Perform frame synchronization, frequency offset correction, channel estimation and equalization, and common error phase tracking. Demodulate and decode signaling and data fields.
Recover 802.11 OFDM non-HT based beacon packets.
Perform waveform generation and end-to-end link level simulation for the IEEE 802.11ax standard.
Signal Generation and Recovery
Parameterize, generate, and recover different IEEE 802.11ax high efficiency (HE) format packets.
Specify resource unit (RU) allocation. Configure various combinations of OFDMA and MU-MIMO transmissions.
Generate data, management, and control frames.
MAC Frame Generation
Generate IEEE® 802.11™ MAC frames and verify the contents of MAC frames are as expected.
MAC Frame Parsing
Parse and decode 802.11 MAC frames.
Open, Customizable Algorithms
Use WLAN customizable and editable algorithms as golden references for design verification. Generate C code from open MATLAB algorithms.
Open MATLAB Code
Use the comprehensive set of transmitter, channel model, and receiver operations that are expressed as open and customizable MATLAB code.
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C code to accelerate simulation, obtain C source code for implementation, or use as a standalone executable.
Connect your transmitter and receiver models to radio devices, and verify your designs via over-the-air transmission and reception.
Transmit WLAN waveforms from MATLAB using RF instruments or software-defined radios (SDR).
Acquire and analyze over-the-air received signals in MATLAB using RF instruments or software-defined radios.
IEEE 802.11ax Signal Recovery Functions
Decode L-SIG and HE-SIG-A fields
IEEE 802.11ay Support
Simulate 802.11ay propagation conditions
MAC Frame Parser Functionst
De-aggregate A-MPDUs and decode MPDUs
IEEE 802.11ax Draft 3.1 Support
System-Level Simulation Examples
Simulate a WLAN network