HPNA Network Assessment
Thanks to EXFO’s ARU-100 HPNA Test Probe, service providers can successfully reuse existing in-home coaxial networks. Coupled with EXFO’s AXS-200/600 series, the ARU-100 is based on the specifications of the Home Phone-Line Networking Alliance (HPNA) to help evaluate HPNA networks for impairments and their ability to support triple-play services delivered by FTTx networks. More specifically, this accessory is designed for technicians and engineers to prequalify, install and troubleshoot the in-home coaxial network for HPNA deployments.
Triple-Play Testing over HPNA Deployments
Combined with the ARU-100 HPNA Test Probe, EXFO’s AXS-200/600 series is the first solution for triple-play testing over HPNA deployments. Using the powerful Internet protocol television (IPTV) analysis function of the AXS-200/600 series, users can verify performance by looking at Internet group management protocol (IGMP) join/leave requests, bandwidth utilization and the overall quality of the IPTV stream. In addition to IPTV testing, the AXS-200/600 series supports voice-over-IP (VoIP) monitoring and data analysis functions.
HPNA Devices Discovery
The ARU-100 can locate HPNA devices at the customer premises, whether they are existing devices such as gateways and set-top boxes (STBs) or other EXFO HPNA probes spread throughout the home. This test probe also allows to establish the chipset revision level of each distributed HPNA device in addition to providing basic statistical information such as the number of transmitted, received and dropped packets.
Quality Testing over Coaxial Drops
The ARU-100 simplifies quality testing of HPNA services over coaxial drops. Based on an industry-standard HPNA chipset, the ARU-100 reports data rates (PHY rates), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and attenuation between HPNA devices in forward and reverse directions. These parameters and values are compared against user-definable pass/fail criteria, allowing you to easily locate where there may be questionable service or identify faulty equipment.