Reduce OpEx by decreasing the time that it takes to install and maintain video services
Reduce CapEx by combining all necessary tests into one complete, easy-to-use, battery-operated, field optimized test set that can test in the field, at the NID, and in the Home
Avoid the complexity of copper testing with one-button Pass/Fail CableCheck functionality that includes balance testing and good ground capabilities
Improve efficency by saving all test results for further analysis and storage
Synch up over ADSL through VDSL2 to verify that rates are adequate to provide desired services over single or bonded pairs
Qualify existing copper pairs for xDSL service
Verify residential, MDU, and SMB internal wiring using coax cable identification through splitters and other coax network elements as well as Noise Immunity test that measures coax shield isolation
Validate and troubleshoot live HPNA mode B networks
Perform accurate tests to locate and troubleshoot disruptions for internal network data, voice, and video service over coax, Cat3/Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6 cables
Verify Ethernet, POTS, and 802.11b/g wireless functionality to ensure trouble-free services
The SmartClass Home v3 handheld service meter enables verification of highspeed digital subscriber line (ADSL-VDSL2) and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA) networks as well as the internal wiring at the customer premises for proper operation of voice, video, and data services. Use the SmartClass Home to test xDSL to the side of the premises, HPNA inside the premises, as well as the coax and twisted pair wiring inside of the subscriber’s location. The SmartClass Home provides an easy-to-use, accurate, and economical measurement tool for service technicians who install or troubleshoot triple-play services over existing or new networks.
The SmartClass Home includes a unique set of features to completely qualify the subscriber’s premises for triple-play services that use xDSL and HPNA technologies as well as the physical media to deliver communication signals throughout the site. Technicians can use the Coax Map feature and the Noise Immunity Test to assess quality and to troubleshoot issues in a coax network. The Active ID can delineate multiple runs of coax in the building even through coaxial splitters. They can use the integrated wiring tools to qualify twisted pairs, including Cat3, Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6 cables. The SmartClass Home saves time and effort in verifying and troubleshooting inside wiring problems before subscribers notice them.
The SmartClass Home also includes a unique feature set for testing Ethernet data networks in residential and small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) locations. The built-in 802.11b/g wireless feature ensures correct WiFi functionality in and around subscriber locations. Additional features include a fully functional builtin butt-set that can test POTS voice delivery along with wiring identification and toning to locate and identify cables. Combined with an easy-to-use menu structure, the features of the SmartClass Home represent the best all-in-one service and wiring tester available.
The SmartClass Home has a built-in ADSL through VDSL2 modem that supports single or bonded pairs, similar to the one built into the subscriber’s residential gateway or xDSL modem, allowing it to synch up with the local Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) and establish the best attainable communication rates. Determining what the subscriber’s drop can accommodate is critical, because various disturbers can be present on it. The xDSL synch test conducted with the SmartClass Home v3 can perform measurements of the subscriber’s connection and display rates. Also, while maintaining an xDSL synch, the SmartClass Home will show whether xDSL errors have occurred on the line since testing began. These results let technicians best determine if the subscriber’s network path can carry bandwidth-intensive services such as video, voice, and data, over the xDSL connection or if they must perform additional troubleshooting.
HPNA Network Testing
HPNA, a technology standard developed by the HomePNATM Alliance, builds on Ethernet and allows all the components of a home network to connect and integrate over an unpredictable wiring topology. The HPNA communication is used to pass information around a home to other HPNA-connected devices. In HPNA mode, the SmartClass Home connects to and communicates with other HPNAcapable devices, or nodes, operating in spectral mode B on the same network.
Establishing itself as a network node on a live HPNA network enables the Smart- Class Home to test each of the various nodes on the network. SmartClass Home allows users to segment problem node paths, node-to-node communication issues, or to verify correct functionality of the whole network. The SmartClass Home lets users verify that HPNA networks are operating within expected service quality metrics and set up Pass/Fail limits to help simplify testing.
Coaxial Cable Testing
Coax is gaining popularity as the medium of choice for transferring communications in and around customer premises. Whether the technology is broadcast or IP video, data over coax technologies, or whole-home digital video recorder (DVR) services, the SmartClass Home can ensure proper connection of the inside coaxial plant. The SmartClass Home also helps technicians detect and eliminate unwanted coaxial elements such as hidden splitters, bad barrels, and damaged cables.
The Coax Map feature of the SmartClass Home is a single-ended coax physical layer test based on frequency domain reflectometry (FDR), a powerful technique used in analyzing RF transmission lines. The Coax Map test measures signal quality as it passes through the transmission line by identifying impairments that cause standing waves.
Coax Active Identification
The SmartClass Home helps technicians quickly identify which cable goes to which room in a house. Using the Cable ID mode, technicians can determine coax wire endings for each room with a coax run. A common problem occurs when an unexpected splitter exists in the middle of the coax run. However, the Active IDs of the SmartClass Home work through splitters to display multiple IDs, which helps to locate the wall outlet or outlets that are connected via a splitter network.
Noise Immunity Test
The Noise Immunity Test (NIT) provides good indications of coaxial cable shielding issues. Problems arise when the inside coax has staples, sheared jacketing, an exposed stinger, or an unterminated end present. The NIT increases a technician’s chance of catching impairments before subscribers experience service degradation. The NIT measures the signal strength of local FM carriers and compares it to the same measurement on the cable to determine the isolation of the coax to off-air ingress.
Twisted Pair Testing
The SmartClass Home provides a suite of twisted pair measurements to ensure the correct connections and wiring of POTS and Ethernet cables.
Twisted Pair Wire Mapping
The Twisted Pair Wire Map provides details about the cable length, distance to opens and shorts, skew, and the connection mapping of each wire when used with the SmartRemote. This information lets technicians quickly locate improper wire connections and the presence of physical layer issues. The SmartClass Home can map different types of twisted pair cables such as Cat5/5e/6 Ethernet and straight or Cat3 phone wiring.
The SmartClass Home has a built-in butt-set with speaker phone that helps technicians quickly verify voice communications and troubleshoot POTS issues. The results indicate voltage and current on the line as well as the number dialed and the status of the POTS line. Technicians can store a list of frequently called numbers for easy dialing. The butt-set provides call waiting and displays the caller ID for incoming calls. The speaker phone lets technicians listen for dial tone or voice and talk during calls without a separate headset.
The SmartClass Home includes a suite of Ethernet connectivity tests to help users quickly identify connectivity issues on customer premises equipment (CPE) connected to the network.
The Port Discovery test displays the established link rate on the Ethernet connection between the SmartClass Home and a router. It also displays the available rates and the signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of each active twisted pair. This information helps technicians pinpoint connection issues between the CPE devices and the premises router.
Ping tests let technicians verify network connectivity to a particular Internet Protocol (IP) or Universal Resource Locator (URL) address. They can also verify that a particular location can reach either the Internet or a specific server on the network, which lets technicians avoid using customer equipment or a laptop to perform simple connectivity tests.
Hub Flash test is an additional Ethernet test available on the SmartClass Home intended for locations with multiple Ethernet connections running to a central device. The Hub Flash will cause the port light to flash on the hub/switch/router indicating that the SmartClass is connected. This simple identification method lets technicians quickly determine which port is connected to a particular run.
The SmartClass Home provides optional WiFi wireless 802.11b/g testing capabilities to show the secure set identification (SSID), configured channel, 802.11 modulation, mode, and signal strength at the test location of each wireless 802.11b/g network in the area. It also indicates whether the network is secure or vulnerable to security threats. This capability lets technicians properly set up the subscriber’s network and troubleshoot wireless connectivity or issues with websurfing speed.
The SmartClass Home provides an automatic one-button CableCheck function with Pass/Fail results for important copper test parameters, even in environments that produce a high level of noise and interference. Using the CableCheck test sequence, SmartClass Triple-Play Service (TPS) users can secure accurate test results with minimal training and identify obvious copper faults, such as a misconnection or copper loops that are too long. Basic tests include digital volt-ohm meter, opens, balance, and load coil, which eliminate technicians having to carry separate tools.
Field replaceable, rechargeable lithium ion battery Operating time approximately 4.5 hrs continuous (typical) Charging time, internal 4-5 hrs from empty to full charge
DC input 12 V, 1.25 A
100/240 V, 50/60 Hz auto-sensing AC adapter for line operation and charging
Permissible Ambient Temperature
Nominal range of use –5 to +50°C (23 to +120°F)
Storage and transport –30 to +60°C (–22 to ±140°F)
Operating humidity 10 to 80% RHNC
4 in 320x240 high visibility color display
USB 2.0 interface for upgrades and data transfer
Full telephone keypad for fast access and dialing