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The first step after installing a new network is often to determine its maximum throughput. At the DOCSIS 3.1 interop that we organized a couple of months ago, several participants stayed after to get the highest throughput on their modems. When new lab equipment is delivered to a customer, it's much the same. In this post, I want to give a bit of back story on the throughput test that we've added to the 2.7.0 ByteBlower release. You'll also get a sneak peek at what is coming in the next release.
From an engineering point of view, DOCSIS 3.1 protocol messages are pretty mind-blowing. They travel almost at the speed of light through your coaxial cable – all to support your online life. Imagine pausing time and taking a peek at the conversation between the cable modem (CM) and the cable modem termination system (CMTS). Wait, we can! Let’s have a look using the XRA-31 real-time RF analyzer that we will be launching soon.