Enabling Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) along with SoC provider migration

The recent explosion of connected devices required an exponential increase in performance which could only be achieved by implementing new standards. WiFi 5, aka 802.11ac, was the next step along the evolutionary path of Wi-Fi, tripling the performance of its predecessor and taking us beyond 1 Gbps.

A leading U.S. based networking hardware provider that specializes in the delivery of secure wireless communications (Wi-Fi) for consumers, retailers, commercial and service providers was looking for migrating to new SoC vendor along with WiFi 5 implementation.

Softnautics delivered truly high performance and cost-effective unified software solution handling all the complexity involved in chipset migration and new specification implementation. We helped the client to fast track the delivery of its next-gen products to the market to stay ahead of curve o gain business advantage.

Business Challenge

The main challenge for the client was to migrate their existing chip based products to the latest versions of chipsets from different vendor. They also wanted an Interoperable and backward compatible seamless roaming solution with higher throughput for dense environments. In addition, it required support to achieve DFS, CE and Wi-Fi certifications for their existing and new products.

Solution Provided


Ported & enhanced client’s L2/L3 roaming algorithms for newer products adhering to Wi-Fi 5 or technically known as 802.11ac


Developed algorithm to achieve band steering and load balancing for smooth high density deployments


Deliver high quality Wi-Fi networks through a comprehensive test approach using IxVeriWave


Developed end to end software solution for client’s new Broadcom BCM43xx chipset


Performance validation & bug fixing


MAC based data filtering


Support for DFS & CE compliance


Support and Sustenance for existing products

Business Benefits

RF Heatmap for enhanced visibility and optimal wireless

0.01% drop rate to achieve seamless roaming

1.8 Gbps throughput achieved

Tools and Technologies


Broadcom and Atheros
(Qualcomm) chipset based
802.11ac access points


OpenWrt and
proprietary SDK

Code Coverage



Iperf, WireShark,

Radar pattern



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