Does my network do both DL and UL OFDMA?

I have tested the new 802.11ax standard lately and I have suspected that the downlink data frames don’t do Multi User OFDMA (DL OFDMA). I have also sent a question regarding this to some WiFi experts, but no one has answered. So, let us use Wireshark and Sidekick to dive into it.

This test is done with public available devices and software. I have not dived into release notes for each device. This is an article where I use Wireshark and Sidekick to examine how things work.

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HE MU-RTS and CTS deep-dive

The second powerpoint series in my deep dive into the HE/802.11ax protocol is about the Multi User Request to Send (MU-RTS) and Clear to Send (CTS) process.

MU-RTS is one of the new Trigger Frames in the HE process and will be used instead of the legacy RTS.

I’ve have rewritten the slides some times while I have discovered new items during my interpreting of the IEEE802.11ax draft, so the coherence of the slides could have been better.
If I have interpreted it wrong, please tell it to me

My lab is consisting of Cisco equipment and Cisco have not implemented this functionality yet, so nothing is tested in real life.

I hope it useful

 

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