For analog applications where a predominant frequency or range of frequencies is to be considered, the Network Analyzer Open/Short method yields the most useful results since it uses a continuous sine wave stimulus.
For digital applications where fast rise time response or high bandwidth are the critical aspects, TDR testing is usually superior. When the steady-state characteristics (3 MHz - 1 GHz: depending on cable type) are desired, the Network Analyzer Resonant Method or the TDR can be used, dependent on the type of information required.
- Locates anomalies on distance basis.
- Can describe nature of anomaly.
- Fast Rise Time/High Bandwidth: Digital applications.
- Describes composite effects of anomalies.
- CW Sine Wave: Analog applications