Signal Attenuation

Written by Kevin Little
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Signal attenuation can really wreak havoc on a network. Signals are the lifeblood of any system of cable-based transmissions. A reduction in signal strength can lead to an incomplete or garbled transfer.

Cables used for making such transmissions have become more and more refined over the years, yet signal attenuation is still a problem that is dealt with all the time. No matter how good the cable, a signal can still experience a loss of amplitude, especially when the signal has to travel a long distance to get to its termination point. Signal attenuation works in an easily understandable way. Think of a canyon with a person on each side. One person yells something to the other. The sound, or signal, carries thanks to the echoing effect, but by the time it reaches the other person the distance of the canyon may have rendered the sound nearly unintelligible.

How to Handle Signal Attenuation

Luckily, there are ways to deal with such attenuation. Some products act as megaphones for signals, upping the clarity and volume of transmissions when included in cable designs. Attenuation difficulties can be quickly and easily dealt with by companies that specialize in the technology involved.

Of course, some people deal with attenuation by looking to get more of it! Attenuation actually has its uses, particularly when it comes to blocking signal reflection. Attenuators are units that increase the degree of attenuation on a line in order to make an incoming signal resonate more clearly.


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