Microwave radio is a data transmission method commonly used in the telecommunications industry. Using a microwave radio relay, these service providers can transmit digital and analog signals across long distances. These microwave radio signals can be made up of data for long-distance phone calls, television programming, and more.
Microwave Radio Transmission is a Line of Sight Technology
Microwave radio is known as a "line of sight" technology. This is because microwave data is transmitted between two microwave radio towers in different locations. However, for this transmission to occur, the path between the two microwave radio towers must be clear of any large buildings, mountains, or objects that could potentially block microwave signals. Once a clear path has been established, transmissions between directional antennas on two microwave radio towers can occur.
Due to this need for a clear line of communication, microwave radio towers must be located within miles of one another. The curvature of the Earth prevents larger spacing. To increase the allowable gap between towers, antennas are commonly located high atop microwave radio towers. This allows the data to be transmitted over longer dis. When planning a microwave radio system, these factors must be considered.
Increase the Reliability of Your Microwave Radio System with Alarm Monitoring
Also important when planning a microwave radio system is providing for monitoring of these transmissions. Because your customers rely on the consistent availability of communications services, you need to build the most reliable microwave radio system possible. You can significantly enhance this reliability by incorporating network monitoring equipment into your microwave radio network.
Monitoring your microwave data transmission and important microwave radio equipment will decrease your network downtime by instantly informing you of growing problems along your network. Remote telemetry units, or RTUs, are one of the core pieces of these monitoring systems. The most advanced RTUs, such as the NetGuardian 832A, will help you to collect these mission-critical alarm messages, enabling your alarm master to send automatic pager and email notifications to the appropriate network technicians.
Protect Your Microwave Radio Transmissions with the NetGuardian 832A
With inputs for 32 discrete alarms and 8 analog alarms, the NetGuardian 832A can monitor all of your important microwave radio equipment at your remote sites. It will enable you to verify that these important devices are online by providing for pinging of up to 32 network elements. It will also allow you to remotely control your microwave equipment with 8 integrated controls. The NetGuardian can even serve as your terminal server with the 8 built-in serial ports. For sites without LAN connectivity, the KDA 864 RTU can also provide you with these important monitoring functions.
You need to know that your microwave radio equipment is operating properly. Don't let your customers be the first to inform you of a problem, deploy a microwave monitoring system featuring the NetGuardian 832A or KDA 864 RTU today.
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