Videos, Webinars

Video: CDRouter Tips and Tricks for 2024

Watch this video with Matt, Brad, and Brian for an open panel where they share their latest tips and tricks for testing your products! Topics include:

- Configuration tricks for shared test setups
- New features for stability and performance testing
- USP scenario testing
- Automation, reporting, and annotation tips

You can also download the slide deck of this presentation here.

Key Takeaways from the CDRouter Tips and Tricks Webinar

The CDRouter Tips and Tricks Webinar at the end of 2023 brought together experts like Matt Langlois, Brad Ritchie, and Brian Dubreuil to share their insights on optimizing the use of CDRouter's testing capabilities. Below is a summary of the top tips shared during the session to enhance your testing strategies:

Tip 1: Connect to a Device Under Test (DUT) During a Test Run

By leveraging the Device Manager UI feature, users can effectively connect to the DUT’s main UI through a web proxy during a test run, ensuring continuous interaction without disrupting the test process.

Tip 2: Overriding Testvars

The webinar highlighted the new "Add a testvar" button in the Launch popup. This button allows users to easily override testvar settings without altering the config file directly. This flexibility helps in customizing tests more dynamically and efficiently.

Tip 3: Use Stable WAN MACs

In shared test environments, using stable WAN MAC addresses is crucial to prevent issues with stale entries in upstream ARP tables and NDP caches. This approach helps maintain consistency and reliability across multiple test runs.

Tip 4: Automatically Retry Test Case Failures

CDRouter supports automatic retries for test cases that fail, which helps enhance the success rate of test runs. This feature saves time and increases testing efficiency by addressing temporary glitches that can cause test failures.

Tip 5: Resource Locking

Resource locking is a new feature designed to protect configurations, packages, and devices from accidental modifications. This feature is particularly useful in collaborative environments, preventing unintended changes.

Tip 6: Make Analysis Easier

Enhancements in log viewer features such as comments, highlights, and relative timestamps make the analysis of test logs more intuitive and efficient. These tools help pinpoint issues quickly and streamline the troubleshooting process.

Tip 7: Configure Performance Settings for Each Client

The webinar introduced performance test modules that allow individual configuration of performance settings for each LAN client group. This granularity allows a mix of different traffic types and performance goals, and can help when running stability testing.

Tip 8: USP Scenario Scripts

Customizing USP testing through scenario scripts allows for more precise control over device testing. These scripts can be configured to set parameters, verify configurations, and replicate real-world workflows with your production USP deployments.

Tip 9: Define Stability Metrics

The importance of stability testing was emphasized, with suggestions to define stability metrics over varying time periods. This type of testing is critical for uncovering long-term performance issues and ensuring device reliability.

The webinar also introduced several other new features and resources to help users maximize their use of CDRouter. For more detailed information and to access helpful knowledge base articles, users are encouraged to visit the QA Cafe support site and utilize the training materials available online.