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Subject: Re: spectrum analyzer vs network analyzer

Date: 07/16/01 at 11:42 PM
Posted by: John Dunn - Consultant
E-mail: ambertec@ieee.org
Message Posted:

In Reply to: spectrum analyzer vs network analyzer posted by abbas on 07/16/01 at 7:39 PM:

Hello, Abbas.

A spectrum analyzer and a network analyzer are two very different instruments. In the simplest terms, a spectrum analyzer allows you to measure the RF content of a source of some kind.

A network analyzer on the other hand, is an instrument used to study the transfer characteristics of some device.

As far as I know, their functions have very little overlap although a spectrum analyzer combined with a tracking oscillator can do some rudimentary network analysis.

Good luck.

John Dunn - President
Ambertec, Inc.

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