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What Are RF and Microwave Technology Systems

What is a Radio Frequency system? Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave RF refers to the frequencies over which microwave communications can take place. This RF communication is widely used in telecom as a wireless communication transmission medium.

RF waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation with identified radio frequencies that range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz.

Microwave RF Technology Popular With Telecom Providers

Microwave RF technology was invented by Western Union. In the early 1940s, a message was sent from New York to Philadelphia via microwave RF. This transmission method provided for easy sending and receipt of microwave data, making it a popular choice for telecom service providers and later, companies in the broadcast industry.

Today, RF and MW technology are less widely used in the telecom industry. This is because satellite, cellular, and fiber-optic communication technologies now provide for more effective data transmission at many sites. However, at remote sites, such as those located in mountainous areas, microwave equipment is already in place and running wire would be very costly. In this case, microwave RF equipment provides the most economical transmission method.

Microwave RF can be either analog or digital. While digital is the newest microwave RF format, both transmission methods pose certain benefits for users.

Eliminate New Equipment Purchases With Analog Microwave RF

Because you've already paid for your analog RF equipment, and know how to use it, analog microwave RF may be the most cost-effective transmission method for your remote sites. By sticking with the microwave RF equipment that is already deployed in your network, you'll avoid the time and expense of retraining your operators. They're likely already comfortable with this equipment, and know its capabilities well, preventing the overload of your transport system when you try to operate a new and unfamiliar system.

Digital Microwave RF Provides Higher Transmission Capacity

Digital microwave RF is a more technologically advanced microwave data transmission method. Support for digital microwave RF is more readily available due to the fact that it is the newest microwave data format.

The higher bandwidth of digital microwave RF provides for increased data transmission by supporting more verbose protocols. Digital microwave RF is faster, decreasing system poll time as well. With more reliable reporting, this format will help you consistently monitor your network communications. Finally, this provides for the dropping of LAN when your network expands outward to your microwave sites.

It is of critical importance that you provide visibility of your microwave network, no matter what microwave RF format you use. You must be aware if any of your microwave RF equipment goes offline because a network outage equates to lost revenues. Build an alarm monitoring system for your microwave RF devices and you will reduce your customer churn by providing them with the reliable network they demand.

Secure Your Microwave RF Equipment With an Alarm Monitoring System

To provide for much-needed visibility of your microwave RF devices, you need an advanced monitoring system. The most advanced RF network monitoring gear provides you with automatic alarm notifications whenever you lose visibility of your equipment. This will help you to quickly correct or even prevent reputation-damaging network outages. The alarm master is a critical component of an advanced monitoring system, as it will collect your important alarms, notifying you of even minor problems before they become major issues.

T/Mon LNX Brings In All of Your Microwave RF Alarms

T/Mon is a modern alarm master that will give you comprehensive microwave system visibility. T/MON LNX is a multi-protocol master so it can monitor all of your protocols, saving you from deploying multiple expensive monitoring masters. Using multi-protocol support, you can bring all of your microwave RF alarms into T/Mon's comprehensive browser window, no matter what protocol is being used in your network.

T/Mon will immediately alert you of microwave RF transmission errors using automatic alarm notifications. This email or text message alert will include location and repair information, which will help you get your data transmitting again as quickly as possible. You can also forward your microwave alarms as SNMP traps to a MOM.

This will get your microwave network back online as soon as possible, minimizing the losses while your network is down. With an efficient microwave system, you will reduce customer churn, increasing your bottom-line revenues.

Deploy a T/Mon LNX and Increase Your Microwave Network Reliability

Your alarm master is vital for monitoring your important microwave communications. You need the most advanced system available to keep an eye on your equipment. T/Mon will give you the visibility your network demands. Deploy a T/Mon LNX, and maximize your network reliability.

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