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The Mystery between RF Output Power and EVM (Error Vector Measurement) for Wi-Fi Products
Taipei, Taiwan Wi-Fi products are marked with High power promotion, are they real High Power?
All electronic products’ or devices’ output power are counted by Watt. There are three units seen in Wi-Fi products frequently, dBm, dBi, and EIRP.
Below more detail about these units:
As we know Watt is the electronic power unit.
dBm is an abbreviation for the power ratio in decibels (dB) of the measured power referenced to one milliwatt (mW). Most of vendors mark the highest output power is based on IEEE802.11b mode.
dBi is the forward gain of an antenna compared with the hypothetical isotropic antenna, which uniformly distributes energy in all directions.
EIRP (Equivalent isotropically radiated power) is the sum of output power of Wi-Fi device and transmission loss (cable loss) and antenna’s gain. Normally you will see the amount of EIRP is big number like 10Watts or even more. Donot be scared, go to check and see, you will find out where you need to watch out for the radiation.
There is another important index called EVM (Error Vector Measurement). The lower percentage, the quality of signal transmission is better. Like 3% is better than 5%. If the EVM is higher than 5.5%, then you can see the signal index is good, but transfer the data, no. That means you cannot get homepage from internet either. Most of vendors’ QC index is 5% or 5.5%, some special high quality products is 3%, meanwhile the output power index will be a little lower. For the linking quality is also much better. From now on, if you compare the high power products, you should look at both indexes.
Hope these are helpful for your choice with High Power Products.
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