Signal insertion, attenuation and leakage are not just problems at the end user premise. They are something that technicians and operators need to monitor, measure and fix through the entire cable plant. The cable plant system consists of the DOCSIS cable, connectors along the line and other passive equipment like splitters, switches, etc.
The best way to improve signal attenuation in cable plants is at the point of installation. You want to make sure that your technicians are addressing the key components that lead to signal attenuation by adapting high-quality cables with qualified connectors as much as possible. After a proper installation, you can get ahead of issues by running tests upfront to troubleshoot before leaving the installation site.
The tools to use
The right tools can make this job seamless. Technicians can single-handedly improve issues like signal attenuation by using a spectrum analyzer to diagnose where there are issues and to monitor it. Your technicians should be monitoring broadcast transmissions and testing insertion loss and signal leakage regularly at the cable plant to avoid issues and unwanted costs.
The best spectrum analyzer lets you monitor, measure and test, but also does much more for the operator. The Hitron CGN-DP3 spectrum analyzer performs all of these key detection tests and diagnostics required by operators. In comparison to large, clunky analyzers, the CGN-DP3 is handheld, making it easy to carry and use on the job site.
The CGN-DP3 also pairs with two other Hitron offerings, the MyMeter App and the CSN-01 pressure meter, to create a powerful suite of tools. Hitron’s Whole Home Certification testing tools are designed to empower technicians to troubleshoot the whole home at a fraction of the cost of other solutions, saving you cost, time, and training needed.