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VeEx intros full-featured DOCSIS 3.0 analyzer

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 8:20am
Brian Santo

VeEx has introduced a handheld tester for verifying and provisioning 8 x 4 channel bonding in DOCSIS 3.0 networks.

The tiny portable, which weighs just more than 2 lbs, has an integrated, dual-band (DOCSIS 3.0/EuroDOCSIS 3.0) modem, supporting data rates of up to 120 Mbps upstream and 400 Mbps (Annex A) or 320 Mbps (Annex B) downstream.

IPv6 addressing is fully supported, while both units are backwards compatible with earlier DOCSIS 2.0/1.1 systems, the company said. Equipped with Gigabit Ethernet hardware, service engineers and technicians can perform high-bandwidth Ethernet/IP throughput tests via high-speed WAN (DOCSIS 3.0) and/or LAN (10/100/100BaseT) interfaces.

Both versions, the CX150-D3+ and CX180-D3+, incorporate signal-level meter and QAM analyzer functions, including the ability to test deep interleave digital video carriers.

The CX180-D3+ is built with greater sensitivity and a lower noise floor, useful when troubleshooting low-level ingress, VeEx said. Paired with a compatible upstream generator, the CX180-D3+ is also able to perform return path QAM analysis complete with constellation diagram, allowing technicians to characterize transmission impairments in the upstream.

Wireless connectivity has been enhanced to improve workforce management and facilitate test result export in varying test applications and environments – field technicians now have the option to upload test results via Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi or 3G UMTS connections – which is over and above the standard USB memory stick or FTP capabilities already supported.

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