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The RF Probe is a real-time RF and TS monitoring system that is able to monitor multiple RF sources simultaneously. Each RF Probe is 1RU rack-based unit and comes in three different flavours: 8x, 16x or 32x RF inputs.

The compact monitoring system offers features such as integrated spectrum analyzer, transport stream analyzer, channel cycling and more. The monitoring system interface operates via web-based GUI which allows the user to monitor signals remotely.

The user may configure thresholds and notifications based on critical RF parameters such as RF power level to ensure signal continuity.

The RF Probe is able to tune and demodulate all types of signal, including satellite DVBS/S2/S2x, ATSC, DVBT/T2, ISDBT, QAM and DVBC/C2 signals.

Features
  • Configuration • Each RF input is individually configurable to perform 24/7 static monitoring for high importance channels/transponders or dynamic cycling to monitor multiple channels/transponders within a single RF feed. Up to 12x channels per input may be cycled for a total of 384x channels/transponders for the 32-input configuration.

  • Scalability • The monitoring system is able to monitor RF sources at one localized location, as well as monitor sites across a wide geographical area within the same network; achievable by simply installing the RF Probe at each location, sending the information to a centralized graphical interface.

  • Web GUI • The RF Probe provides an intuitive web-based GUI, facilitating rapid deployment and easy configuration. The user has the ability to export data and integrate with third-party NMS using standard protocols. The RF Probe provides a 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-TX Ethernet port. This provides a single point of access to communicate with multiple RF Probe units located across the globe.

  • Monitoring • Customizable alarms and notifications are available through standalone web GUI and Evertz' own VistaLINK® PRO NMS software. User is able to log, store, plot, and report critical parameters. In addition to critical RF parameters, constellation diagram is another level of visual indication and monitoring the health and quality of RF signals coming into facility.

  • Spectrum Analyzer • The RF Probe offers an optional built-in remote spectrum analyzer with carrier monitoring. Any source can be routed to the spectrum analyzer for further monitoring, controllable using web GUI interface. Evertz' spectrum analyzer is well-suited to measure any type of satellite, cable or terrestrial wireless carrier, including very small carriers, beacon signals and for carrier monitoring applications. Requires +SA-HW hardware option.

  • Transport Stream Analyzer • The RF Probe offers an optional integrated transport stream analyzer for full TR101, P1, P2 and P3 errors and analysis. Evertz' transport stream analyzer is software capable up to 32x transport streams for the 32x RF input system. Requires +PROCM hardware option and applicable transport stream software application and licenses.

  • Historical Data Analytics • Optional integrated historical data logger for long term data analytic and pattern recognition for historical data and reporting. Software is capable up to 12x streams per input for a total of 384x channels/transponders for the 32x RF input system. The unit can log up to 2 hours of critical parameters such as EsNo, BER, MER, RF power, etc. and present it in JSON table. This table can be accessed through web GUI of each individual module. The module will also provide access to JSON table to the logged data when requested via HTTP JSON RPC 2.0 GET via WEB API of the frame controller over Internet. JSON logs has to be requested by a software for own collection. Requires +PROCM hardware option and applicable inSITE software application and licenses.

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Specifications

Monitored Parameters
  • Demodulator lock
  • EsNo ratio/margin
  • Packet errors
  • CC errors
  • RF power
  • MER/BER
  • Modulation/FEC
  • PIDs and services
  • Constellation
  • Sync byte and loss
  • Total bitrate and more
TS Analyzer Specifications
  • Real-time T-STD buffer analysis
  • Presence, bitrate analysis, table rate analysis
  • TR101290 Level 1, Level 2 * as well as Level 3
  • Complete TS and PID bitrate measurement from 100kb/s to 200MB/s with configurable limits
  • Display of transport stream tree (PID tree view)
  • Program properties (name, program ID, etc.)
  • Video/audio/data component properties (PID, type, codec, bitrate, resolution, sampling rate, etc.)
  • Pre-defined PID list and TSID verification
  • Comparing of same stream at different location in network
TR101290 P1TR101290 P2TR101290 P3 (DVB)TR101290 P3 (ATSC)
  • 1.1 TS_sync_loss
  • 1.2 Sync_byte_error
  • 1.3 Pat_error
  • 1.4 Continuity_count_error
  • 1.5 PMT_error
  • 2.1 Transport error
  • 2.2 CRC_error
  • 2.3 PCR_error
  • 2.4 PCR_accuracy_error
  • 2.5 PTS_error
  • 2.6 CAT_error
  • 3.1 NIT_repetition
  • 3.2 NIT_error
  • 3.3 Unreferrenced_PID
  • 3.4 SDT_repetition
  • 3.5 SDT_error
  • 3.6 EIT_repetition
  • 3.7 EIT_error
  • 3.8 RST_repetition
  • 3.9 RST_error
  • 3.10 TDT_repetition
  • 3.11 TDT_error
  • 3.1 MGT_repetition
  • 3.2 TVCT_repetition
  • 3.3 CVCT_repetition
  • 3.4 EIT_repetition
  • 3.5 RRT_repetition
  • 3.6 STT_repetition
RF Input
Number8, 16 or 32 (hardware options)
Connector75Ω BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A (optional F-Type)
Frequency Range
SAT Version950 – 2150MHz
DVBT/DVBC/ISDBT/ATSC Version50 – 860MHz
Input Power-20dBm to -60dBm
Modulation Support
SAT Version
Symbol Rate
QPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK1-64 Msps
32APSK1-51 Msps
64APSK1-43 Msps
Roll-Off Factor5-35%
Coding Rates
FECFRAME (Normal) 64 800 (bits)
DVB-S QPSK1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8
DVB-S2 QPSK1/4, 1/3, 2/5, 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
DVB-S2 8PSK3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
DVB-S2 16APSK2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
DVB-S2 32APSK3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
DVB-S2x QPSK1/4, 1/3, 2/5, 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10, 13/45, 9/20, 11/20
DVB-S2x 8PSK3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10, 23/36, 25/36, 13/18
DVB-S2x 8APSK-L5/9, 26/45
DVB-S2x 16APSK2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10 (S2-MODCODs), 26/45, 3/5, 28/45, 23/36, 25/36, 13/18, 7/9, 77/90
DVB-S2x 16APSK-L5/9, 8/15, 1/2, 3/5, 2/3
DVB-S2x 32APSK3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10, 32/45, 11/15, 7/9
DVB-S2x 32APSK-L2/3
DVB-S2x 64APSK11/15, 7/9, 4/5, 5/6
DVB-S2x 64APSK-L32/45
FECFRAME (Short) 16 200 (bits)
DVB-S2x QPSK1/4, 1/3, 2/5, 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10, 11/45, 4/15, 14/45, 7/15, 8/15, 32/45
DVB-S2x 8PSK3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 7/15, 8/15, 26/45, 32/45
DVB-S2x 16APSK2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 7/15, 8/15, 26/45, 3/5, 32/45
DVB-S2x 32APSK-L2/3, 32/45
For -ATSC Version
8VSB Demodulation StandardATSC per A53
QAM Demodulation StandardITU-TJ.83 Annex B, QAM64, 256
For -DVBC2/DVBT2/ISDBT2 Version
Channel Bandwidth6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz
Sub FormatQAM16-QAM256, QPSK
StandardDVB-T/T2, DVB-C/C2, ISDBTb (ITU-T J.83 Annex A and C)
Control
  • SNMP over Ethernet
  • Web browser
  • Rest API
Physical
Form Factor1RU
Power Supply
Dual/Redundant PSStandard with all frames
InletsSeparate inlets per power supply
Electrical100 – 240V AC, 50/60Hz
Environmental
Temperature Range0-40°C
Humidity10-90% non-condensing
VentilationFan-assisted

Ordering Information

Notesfor off-air, cable and QAM versions, please contact the factory.
9000RF8-PROBE-SAT1RU DVB-S/S2 probe monitoring system, 8x RF input configuration, dual power supply, optional DVB-S2x support
9000RF16-PROBE-SAT1RU DVB-S/S2 probe monitoring system, 16x RF input configuration, dual power supply, optional DVB-S2x support
9000RF32-PROBE-SAT1RU DVB-S/S2 probe monitoring system, 32x RF input configuration, dual power supply, optional DVB-S2x support
Ordering Options(must be specified at time of order)
+SA-HWOn-board remote spectrum analyzer for 9000RF Probe series
+PROCMOn-board hardware processing module for 9000RF Probe series, software and channel keys sold separately
Software Licenses
RF-PROBE-CK-DMChannel key for 9000RF-Probe series to activate one RF input
RF-PROBE-FK-CCFeature key for 9000RF-Probe series to enable channel cycling for one additional frequency/channel
SpecAn-FK-CMFeature key to enable enhanced carrier monitoring on RF spectrum analyzer; one license is available per HW module
MXP-SW-APP-TSMIP transport stream monitor container application (must purchase MXP-SW-FK-XXXX to enable functionality)
MXP-SW-FK-TSMFeature key to enable one input of TS monitoring on a 3482MXP-VM-APP-XXXX
RF-INSITE-SWinSITE software for RF and TS monitoring and data collection applications; software key required to add devices and channels
RF-INSITE-FK-ADinSITE software feature key to enable advance dashboards to correlate and display collected data (RF-INSITE-SW is required)
RF-INSITE-CK-PROBESoftware channel key to activate historical data logger for single RF input for 9000RF-Probe series, up to 12x channels per RF input (RF-INSITE-SW is required)