Network Protocol testing refers to testing activity of networking protocols and features on applications and products. The following are the scope of the activity.
1. Protocol Testing
In this activity, the functionality of protocols implemented on a networking product like STP on a switch, routing protocols on a router. It can also include testing the functionality of protocols on network and security applications like SNMP, WPA on supplicants etc. The design documents are referred for developing the test plan.
2. Conformance Testing
In this activity, the protocols implemented on products are tested for adherence to standards like IEEE, RFC etc. Tools like IXIA, Spirent can be used for the purpose. The engineer can also read the standards and develop the test cases manually.
3. Network feature Testing
In this activity the features on networking products are tested for functionality with reference to the design documents. Some examples of features can be port-security on a switch, ACL on a router.
4. Interoperability Testing
In this activity,the interoperability between products of different vendors are tested. This testing is performed after conformance testing is performed on the appropriate platforms.
The above testing scopes becomes part of a network protocol testing activity.
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