RF Testing Methodology


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Information sources

Before you can receive any signals from your target system you'll need various important pieces of information.

Information you need to discover

Product data sheets

Data sheets can provide a wealth of useful information - below is an example of a datasheet for the transceiver chip within an io-homecontrol device:

As can be seen in the example above, there are a number of very useful pieces of information:

Data protocol information - CRC, preamble, start byte

The number of channels and what their operating frequencies are:

The data rate and modulation scheme - 38.4kbps FSK, 20 KHz deviation

FCC database

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is responsible for regulating RF transmissions in the US. Any piece of equipment that is sold in the US must submit their product for testing by the FCC to ensure it complies with the regulations and once it has been certified a report is added to their publicly searchable database. In addition to the technical specifications of the product, each report contains high resolution photographs of both the outside and inside, including all circuit boards.