Link device with the special ability to relay live control channel traffic between PC and DUT
X-STEP™ Live Actor is an extension to the X-STEP™ Actor product to introduce live injection and extraction of control and management (C&M) channel packets. X-STEP™ Live Actor operates as a bridge between customer’s local area network and baseband unit or a radio head, forwarding control packets from a computer in the local area network to CPRI™ and OBSAI RP3(-01) links. In the opposite direction, X-STEP™ Live Actor detects control packets in CPRI™ and OBSAI RP3(-01) and forwards them to the network. This enables reactive testing of control channels between a baseband unit and a radio head as the base station control software can run on a standard PC and interface with the design under test via CPRI™ or OBSAI RP3(-01) link(s). Furthermore, the Live Actor feature allows infinite tracing of control packets with 3rd party network analyzer tools, such as Wireshark.