RF Explorer Narrow Band Spectrum Analyser
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Description: RF Explorer Narrow Band Spectrum Analyser
RF Explorer - Available in 433MHz, 868MHz or 915Mhz Frequency Bands - Australian Local Stock
The RF Explorer is an affordable Handheld Spectrum Analyser designed from scratch to be a multi-purpose tool for the specific needs of digital radio frequency communication. The RF Explorer is aimed to provide a very affordable tool for work in all ISM popular frequency bands. It is based on a highly integrated frequency synthesizer which offers high performance, compact size, low consumption and low cost.
The RF Explorer offers about 90% of what a high cost unit will do for RF digital band communication, at about 5% of the cost! Additionally, it can be carried easily anywhere, used remotely for hours with a single battery charge. The RF Explorer spectrum analyser displays full frequency spectrum in the appropriate band, including carrier and modulated shape. It will also display Spread Spectrum activity that exists and can show bandwidth to monitor collisions and frequency deviation. It includes PC connectivity for extra functionality using standard mini-USB 2.0 connector.
RF Explorer Narrow Band Versions Specification (See details specs in the table further below):
RF Explorer Narrow Band version - note actual product and aerial might look slightly different.
Detailed Specification Comparison Chart:
Click here for available firmware updates, documentation and software (use at your own risk!)
In addition to that, RF Explorer can fit an optional Expansion Module for further band coverage and enhanced capabilities. You can combine various RF Explorer models with any Expansion Module you wish. The firmware will correctly recognize your configuration and will work in all cases. Check compatibility on the above table.
The first thing you want to do is to power up your unit and play with it! This is perfectly ok; just make sure you are not near any strong RF field before plugging in your antenna in the SMA connector. At very same instant you plug in the antenna, the device will start receiving RF energy even if it is powered off. This is not much of an issue if you are using a 3G Combo or a RFEMWSUB3G card, but other RF Explorer models are not protected against very strong fields.
Please read this article for more details on how to protect your device from strong RF fields. Failing to do so may damage your RF Explorer.
This is a battery operated device, please charge the battery before use; it comes with half charge as the standard way to extend the battery life when it is stored for an undetermined period of time. But to use it you should fully charge it. Never charge your device unattended.
Note the device will automatically switch ON as soon as you plug it in the USB port, but that doesn't mean it is being charged: to charge the battery you need to switch the battery power to ON. There are more details in this FAQ article, including battery handling and care information.
To start learning the many things you can do with RF Explorer please download the user manual and release notes. We also suggest upgrading your unit to the very latest firmware available. Everything is available in the download area.
If you ordered an Expansion Module together with your main unit, you may want to follow these simple instructions to install and use it.
Last but not least, there are a few online pointers you may want to be aware of:
If you run into any problem or question, let us know. We want this to be a useful tool, your comments, questions and suggestions are of high value to us.