What is the difference between attenuation and insertion loss?

Insertion loss, also referred to as attenuation, refers to the loss of signal strength at the far end of a line compared to the signal that was introduced into the line. Insertion loss is usually expressed in decibels dB with a minus sign. Insertion loss increases with distance and frequency.
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What is the cause of insertion loss?

Excessive insertion loss can also be caused by poorly terminated connectors / plugs. A poor connection can add significant insertion loss. However, impurities in the copper cable can also cause insertion loss failures; again this typically happens on one pair only.
  • What is meant by coupling loss?

    Coupling loss also known as connection loss is the loss that occurs when energy is transferred from one circuit, circuit element, or medium to another. Coupling loss is usually expressed in the same units—such as watts or decibels—as in the originating circuit element or medium.
  • What is the loss of reflection?

    In telecommunications, reflection loss occurs on a line which results in part of the energy being reflected back to the source. This can occur: At a discontinuity or impedance mismatch, e.g., in a transmission line, the ratio of the incident power to the reflected power. Reflection loss is usually expressed in dB.
  • What is isolation loss in microwave?

    Isolation. Isolation is the insertion loss in the open path of a switch or between two ports on a passive device. DiTom Microwave has extensive experience in designing and manufacturing Ferrite Isolators and Circulators since 1987.
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What is isolation in RF?

An RF Switch or Microwave Switch is a device to route high frequency signals through transmission paths. RF (radio frequency) and microwave switches are used extensively in microwave test systems for signal routing between instruments and devices under test (DUT).
  • What is isolation in RF?

    An RF Switch or Microwave Switch is a device to route high frequency signals through transmission paths. RF (radio frequency) and microwave switches are used extensively in microwave test systems for signal routing between instruments and devices under test (DUT).
  • What is a db of loss?

    Whenever tests are performed on fiber optic networks or cable plants, the results are generally displayed on a meter readout in “dB.” Optical loss is measured in “dB” while optical power is measured in “dBm.” Loss is a negative number (like –3.2 dB) as are most power measurements.
  • What is the return loss and VSWR?

    VSWR Conversion Chart. Due to mismatches in impedance within the connector, some of the signal is reflected. The ratio of the input to the reflected signal is called the Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR). This ratio can also be measured in dB, and expressed as Return Loss.
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What is RF return loss?

In telecommunications, return loss is the loss of power in the signal returned/reflected by a discontinuity in a transmission line or optical fiber. This discontinuity can be a mismatch with the terminating load or with a device inserted in the line. It is usually expressed as a ratio in decibels (dB);
  • What is the loss of reflection?

    In telecommunications, reflection loss occurs on a line which results in part of the energy being reflected back to the source. This can occur: At a discontinuity or impedance mismatch, e.g., in a transmission line, the ratio of the incident power to the reflected power. Reflection loss is usually expressed in dB.
  • What is the incident power?

    Incident power means a power that is not expressly granted but which exists for the accomplishment of an express purpose. It is also called as incidental power.
  • What is transmission loss of sound?

    Transmission loss is the number of sound decibels that are stopped by a wall or other structure at a given frequency. In the graph below, the green line represents the transmission loss of a wall at different frequencies.

Updated: 17th October 2019

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