The wireless researchers can take advantage of the new multi-user MAC layer enhancements to the 802.11 Application Framework from NI. The support will enable to go beyond the PHY layer to address complex network-level problems that must be solved to make the 5G vision a reality.
5G brings the promise of unseen services and a broad range of use cases such as powering autonomous vehicles, smart factories and eHospitals. While many of these applications will be delivered over cellular links, many will also be served by private networks based on WiFi, which will make 5G a combination of both licensed and unlicensed wireless protocols.
There are many challenges that wireless researchers must address when working toward a more optimal delivery of joint WiFi and 5G cellular services. Wireless researchers can pair the 802.11 Application Framework with NI software defined radio hardware to rapidly conduct network-level, real-time, over-the-air prototyping experiments for a wide range of WiFi and 5G MAC/PHY research. Read more..