Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard for personal connectivity that is appropriate for a broad range of electronic devices – from mobile phones and headsets to cars, MP3 players, cameras, printers, etc. The range of Bluetooth technology is application specific meaning that although the Core Specification mandates minimums, there is not a limit and manufacturers may tune the range of their implementations to the use cases they are enabling.

Due to its security features and layered protocol structure, Bluetooth is a complicated protocol from design and test standpoint.

In this article, we will see what are the tools available for testing and analyzing Bluetooth Protocol enabled devices, and what are the features we need to consider during the selection of Bluetooth Protocol Tester & Analyzer Tools.

Bluetooth Protocol Tester & Analyzer Tools

  • LeCroy – Merlin II Portable and powerful Merlin II protocol analyzer offers spool to disk recording and the legendary CATC Trace analysis features for BT 1.2 & 2.0 base rate
  • LeCroy – BTTracer/Trainer Protocol analyzer with integrated exerciser option includes the legendary CATC Trace analysis features for Bluetooth v1.1 & v1.2 recording
  • LeCroy – HCI Tracer HCI probe captures traffic between the Bluetooth module and host stack to verify conformance
  • Tektronix – BPA100 Protocol Analyzer
  • Frontline – FTS4BT™ Bluetooth® Protocol Analyzer and Packet Sniffer
  • IVT – BlueTester

Selection Guide for Bluetooth Protocol Tester & Analyzer Tools

Below are the some of the important features to be considered during the selection of Bluetooth Protocol Tester & Analyzer Tools.

  • Testing of Piconet master or slave operation modes
  • Testing of Independent operation mode
  • Testing of Single user defined frequency operation
  • Testing of Dual fixed frequency operation
  • Limited hop frequency test mode
  • Measure and display Bluetooth device clock accuracy
  • Testing of Data capture medium support for air, wired RF piconet, baseband, API, and TCI
  • Testing of Simultaneous data capture (multi-mode)
  • Synchronized timestamps across capture modes
  • Serial link data capture
  • Traffic generation
  • Error generation
  • Jitter injection
  • Retransmit packet capture
  • Pre-acquisition triggering
  • Pre-acquisition filtering
  • Post-acquisition triggering
  • Post-acquisition filtering
  • Manual trigger
  • Ability to trigger or receive trigger from external source
  • Static Graphical Band Utilization Statistics
  • Stores known BT devices for future use incl. encryption info
  • Ability to display protocols in hierarchical stack sequence
  • Flags protocol errors
  • Simultaneously display multiple of multiple data frames
  • Ability to synchronize and insert data into packets
  • Acquire, log and display selectivity
  • Free run (real-time) display mode
  • Time stamping accuracy
  • Packet stamping accuracy
  • Log directly to disk
  • Maximum capture file size
  • Comma separated format (CSV) log data export
  • Human and machine readable post filtered data export
  • Baseband parameter discovery (inquiry) control
  • Manual key entry for data decryption
  • Non-intrusive master and slave paging sequence record
  • SCO audio input jack
  • SCO audio output jack
  • Convert CUSD A-law and u-law to .wav files
  • PCAP format file export for BNEP and PPP
  • Playback voice packets
  • LED status display
  • Piconet graphical display
  • Real-Time Graphical Displays
  • Breakout board connector for external clock sync
  • Serial I/O port
  • Drag and drop connections
  • Inter-device data transfer
  • Run TTCN test scripts
  • TTCN Compiler
  • Customized test scripts
  • Official 1.1 & 1.2 TTCN Test Cases
  • EUT Database
  • Automatic test plan generation
  • Automatic test report generation
  • Customized Test Report Template
  • Test Log Analysis
  • Verdict Handling
  • PICS/PIXIT Edition
  • PICS/PIXIT Import Capability from Excel Template
  • Automatic SCR (Static Conformance Review)
  • Bluetooth qualified device
  • Bluetooth SIG approved Bluetooth Tester
  • Interface options
  • Transmit power analysis
  • Receiver sensitivity testing
  • Temperature range analysis