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Hi, is there anybody who has done QA testing on Broadband portals? I need to know what are the testing concerns, limitations, tools out there. What are the hindrances that I need to be concerned about, while writing a test plan? Also how do you test performance and load test procedures/concerns? Any blackbox or whitebox testing tips will be greatly appreciated. This is a very new field to me. Thank you all.
Re: Broadband Testing
I was on a QA team on streaming video project. Here are a few of things that we were watching for:
1. Used Silk Performer for load testing of web servers.
2. Checking video quality of the streaming video. This includes monitoring of dropped frames and sound loss.
3. Checking different types of broadband services: Cable modem, different DSL varieties, T1, 56k d/u.
4. Load times of the UI.
5. Load times of the media content.
In regards to points 4 and 5, we used different types of systems: high-end and low-end systems(CPU, memory, etc.)
6. Proper error handling in the event of loss of signal.
7. Of course checking the UI functionality of the application.(URL's, Ad banners, buttons, Selection Criteria, etc.)
We modeled the QA environment as much as possible to the production environment. As we tested builds, it went to the QA environment then to the production. Since both were nearly the same, we had good confidence that the application would work on production if it was working in the QA environment. Of course there were problems, but overall, it worked very well.
One other thing, you'll need to hammer whoever does your hosting and content delivery. This was important in our testing as we found that our choice could not handle the load at first!
If I remember more, i'll post again.