Case Study

QA Cafe accelerates network device development testing with CS TraceFrame

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QA Cafe is a dynamic software company whose flagship product, CDRouter, helps developers and communications service providers build and deploy better broadband, Wi-Fi, and enterprise networks through automated testing. As such, the CDRouter platform makes heavy use of packet captures in their test results. CS TraceFrame helps their users speed up the development cycle with easy to use packet analysis built right into the CDRouter interface.

The need to provide detailed packet level test feedback on complex networking technologies

The team who builds and maintains the CDRouter test platform are no strangers to packet captures. An automation platform built on top of a powerful packet generation engine, CDRouter generates valuable pass or fail results and detailed test logs for thousands of standardized test cases targeted toward broadband gateways and other networking devices.

“CS TraceFrame provides powerful, fast, and easy to use capture analysis built right into our own product. It's been fantastic and a real benefit to our customers.”
“CS TraceFrame provides powerful, fast, and easy to use capture analysis built right into our own product. It's been fantastic and a real benefit to our customers.”

“CDRouter is a test tool for verifying performance, scaling, and functionality of broadband CPE and SOHO networking devices,” said Matt Langlois, Director of Engineering at QA Cafe. “We generate a lot of packet captures in our test results. One of the things we needed was a way to analyze and view capture files right within CDRouter’s web interface.”

CS TraceFrame enables built-in, packet level troubleshooting

The CDRouter product generates captures along with the logs of each test that is run by the system. The captures are stored and associated with the tests, but the QA Cafe team wanted a way to let their users use the packet data when analyzing test results without the need for external tools that would interrupt a developer’s workflow.

“We worked with the team at CloudShark to integrate CS TraceFrame into CDRouter,” said Matt. “It’s been fantastic. It makes it very easy for our customers to look at the capture files next to the log files. They don’t have to open the captures in a separate tool. They’re right there and easy to get at.”

“One feature we really like is the ability to drag-and-drop display filters from a field within the decode window to the filter box. Our users don’t have be Wireshark experts to use it,” said Matt. “It’s very fast. It’s really very cool.”

Easy integration with any web software

“It was really very easy to add to our product,” Matt said. “Anyone that’s making software or tools that makes use of capture files, or has any packet capture capability that’s web-based, should definitely take a look at CS TraceFrame. It let us add powerful, fast, and easy to use capture analysis to CDRouter. The team at CloudShark has done a great job with it.”


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