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RF Tools - Hardware Requirements

What do I need to run RF Tools?
  • 1 x Suitably configured PC (see below)
  • 1 x Suitably configured 892x or N1996A CSA
  • 1 x 82357A/B interface cable (if using an 892x)
  • 1 x Ethernet cable (if using a CSA)
  • 1 x RF Tools software CD-ROM
  • 1 x RFT-1000 license key for each 892x, or RFT-1000-CSA license key for each CSA
  • Various RF cables and accessories, depending on which measurements you want to make
 892x  N1996A CSA

Supported 892x configurations:

 Required Options: Firmware:
8920A002 and 003Rev. A.14.07 and above
8920A002 and 103Rev. A.14.07 and above
8920A102 and 003Rev. A.14.07 and above
8920A102 and 103Rev. A.14.07 and above
8920B102Any
8921AAnyRev. A.14.07 and above
8924CAnyRev. A.06.00 and above

The table above lists the supported instrument configurations. Additional options will not adversely affect the operation of RF Tools. Firmware upgrades are available if required. 

PC Minimum Requirements:
The following lists the minimum requirements for the PC; higher performance PC’s are strongly recommended.

  • Windows XP™ Home, Pro (SP3); Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Enterprise (SP1); Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise)
  • RAM: 1 GB minimum
  • Hard disk free space: 2 GB minimum; CD-ROM drive; Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 or greater
  • One available USB Port
  • One Agilent 82357A or 82357B GPIB-to-USB cable
 
Supported CSA configurations:
All N1996A CSA configurations are supported.
 
Note that the CSA only supports the Interference Monitor and Signal Strength modules of RF Tools, hence RFT-1000-CSA license is lower priced  than the standard RFT-1000 license. 

PC Minimum Requirements:
The following lists the minimum requirements for the PC; higher performance PC’s are strongly recommended.

  • Windows XP™ Home, Pro (SP3); Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Enterprise (SP1); Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise)
  • RAM: 1 GB minimum
  • Hard disk free space: 2 GB minimum; CD-ROM drive; Monitor resolution 1024 x 768 or greater
  • One ethernet port
  • One ethernet cable (crossover configuration for direct connection to PC, or a standard ethernet cable if connecting via a hub or switch)

 

 RF Cables & Accessories required
 Licensed 892x
+ 82357A/B
Licensed CSA + ethernet cableBridge & ShortPower Divider & TerminationAttenuators (for improved match)Thru AdapterAntenna
Cable Fault Location (TDR)YesNot supported -YesOptional--
Return Loss AnalyserYesNot supportedYes-Optional--
Insertion Loss AnalyserYesNot supported--OptionalYes-
Interference MonitorYesYes----Yes
Signal StrengthYesYes----Yes
Screen CaptureYesNot supported-----
Review & Print Test Results-------
 
This table shows which items are required for each task or measurement. The Eagle Microwave BKA-8920 kit contains the necessary Bridge, Short, Power Divider, Termination, Attenuators and a pair of precision RF Cables in a convenient carrying case and can be ordered online with your RF Tools software. The Agilent 82357B USB-to-GPIB cable can also be purchased online. If you intend to supply your own RF Accessories, please note that most 3-resistor power dividers or combiners can be used for Cable Fault Location measurements. 2-resistor power splitters are not the same and are not suitable. All RF accessories should be high-performance, instrument grade devices covering the full frequency range of the 892x (minimum 30MHz to 1GHz). Measurement performance is entirely dependent on the quality and specifications of these devices and of your 892x.

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