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Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A

Remote Spectrum Monitor


The Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A is designed to both mitigate interference problems and identify illegal or unlicensed signal activity. It is a full-featured platform for monitoring and recording signals in user-specified frequencies and is capable of sweep rates up to 24 GHz/s, enabling this probe to capture many types of signals including periodic or transient transmissions as well as short “bursty” signals. The 20 MHz instantaneous FFT bandwidth available on the Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A provides the ability for wideband, real-time captures of signal activity for subsequent post-processing. IQ captures can be recorded both in block mode or streamed. A “save on event” feature is also provided to capture spectrum measurements only when certain user-specified thresholds are violated, which saves memory space since only signals of interest are captured and recorded. The Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A is offered in a weather-proof IP67 enclosure for outdoor mounting in the harshest of environments, and comes standard with one RF Input, although a second port can be optionally added for use with two antennas.

Communicating with remote spectrum monitors
Several ways of communicating with the Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A can be utilized including:

1. Integrated Web Server
With an integrated web server, a user from anywhere in the world can log in to the spectrum monitor and control any of its features using an internet browser (Chrome and FireFox supported). This includes frequency setting, RBW/VBW control, reference level configuration, and many other settings relevant to the user’s spectrum monitoring application. Trace data, spectrograms, and other measurements can also be viewed. Because it is operating system platform agnostic, any electronic device capable of rendering a browser will work with the web server. PCs/laptops, tablets, and even smartphones can be used to view spectrum and adjust remote instrument settings. Each monitor also features Gbit Ethernet, allowing fast transfers of measurement data and control information.

2. SCPI Programming
Users can also write their own monitoring program using available SCPI commands. Anritsu provides a user manual listing each SCPI command, a description of the commands, and the correct syntax required for each command. Additionally, each individual pair of IQ data output by the monitor is time-stamped using high-precision GPS signals. This enables the user to use IQ data for Time Distance of Arrival (TDOA) applications for geo-locating signal positions. IQ data time stamp resolution is less than 9 nsec for precise signal location calculations.

3. Vision™ Software
Vision™ software is also provided as an option for the Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A. It works with the monitoring hardware to automate the process of collecting measurement data, as well as providing useful information about network heath and use of the spectrum. Vision software is composed of two components responsible for monitoring and locating interference signals.

  1. Vision Monitor (option 400)
  2. Vision Locate (option 401)

Vision Monitor automatically records spectrum data, maintains a searchable spectrum history database, enables alarm functions for unusual signal activity, automatically sends email alerts, and provides a set of tools for managing the spectrum monitoring system.

Vision Locate provides the capability to geo-locate interference or illegal/unlicensed signals. To properly locate signal positions, three or more monitors must be used. More information about the Vision products can be reviewed on the Anritsu website.

Key Features

  • 9 kHz to 6 GHz
  • Sweep speed up to 24 GHz/s
  • Integrated web server to view, control, and conduct measurements via a web browser (both Chrome and FireFox supported)
  • Remote firmware update capable
  • Watchdog timer to insure long-term stability for remotely deployed monitors
  • IP67 rated for outdoor deployments
  • Linux operating system
  • Low spurious signals for accurate signal discovery
  • 20 MHz instantaneous FFT bandwidth
  • Low power consumption <11 watts (input voltage 11 to 24 VDC)
  • Integrated GPS receiver for monitoring location and time synchronization applications
  • Gigabit Ethernet available for high-speed transmissions
  • Interference analysis: spectrogram and signal strength
  • Dynamic range: >106 dB normalized to 1 RHz BW
  • DANL: < -150 dBm referenced to 1 Hz RBW, preamp on
  • Phase noise: -99 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset at 1 GHz
  • IQ block mode and streaming with time stamping for TDOA applications
  • Vision software optional for automated spectrum measurements, setting alarms and geo-locating signal sources

Remote Spectrum Monitor MS27102A Applications
Designed for outdoor environments, these probes are typically positioned in a permanent or semi-permanent location for radio surveillance and monitoring. Government regulators often use outdoor monitors for enforcing spectrum policies. A typical use case might be using the 20 MHz instantaneous FFT bandwidth capability for capturing the entire FM radio band (88 MHz to 108 MHz). Users could then examine each frequency band for illegal broadcasts. Other applications include:

  • Spectrum occupancy measurements
  • Monitor jails/prisons for illegal broadcasts
  • Security at military facilities, national borders, utilities, airports, etc.
  • Spectrum monitoring associated with RF lab testing
  • Detection of unlicensed or illegal transmitters
  • Positive Train Control (PTC)
  • 9 kHz to 6 GHz
  • IP67 rated for outdoor deployments
  • Sweep speed up to 24 GHz/s
  • Integrated web server to view, control and conduct measurements via web browser
  • Watchdog timer to insure long-term stability for remotely deployed monitors
  • Low spur levels for accurate signal discovery
  • 20 MHz instantaneous FFT bandwidth
  • Available in 2/4/6 port (RF in) options

PC based IQ analysis software for use with IQ data captured from a Remote Spectrum Analyzer

IQ Signal Master MX280005A Vector Signal Analysis Software provides a comprehensive suite of measurements that deliver post processing and analysis of IQ data files captured on the Remote Spectrum Analyzers. The software is designed to bring together all the essential tools required to capture IQ data files and then gain critical insights into the nature of the captured signals. Modes within the application, support the ability to capture or stream IQ data into the PC memory, perform modulation quality measurements and playback IQ data with high frequency and time resolution.

A file conversion mode allows IQ data captured on the supported analyzers to be converted to the format required for playback using a Vector Signal Generator MG3710E further enhancing the overall capability.

The software is designed for national RF spectrum regulators, security agencies and defense electronics companies who need to gain critical insight into RF signals that have been captured in the field. It is also suitable for organizations that need to monitor and protect RF spectrum from unlicensed operators or unintended sources of interference

IQ Signal Master MX280005A Vector Signal Analysis Software

  • Detection of illegal or unlicensed AM/FM/Cellular broadcasts
  • Sensitive site monitoring (national borders, military facilities, nuclear power plants…)
  • Airport monitoring (with communication frequencies often adjacent to FM bands)
  • Monitor jails/prisons for illegal broadcasts
  • Positive Train Control (PTC), insure clear communication channels for trains
  • Cable TV, to mitigate leakage to outside environment and leakage into cable system
  • Government regulators enforcing spectrum policies

Hardware Options

Option Description
MS27102A-0128 Vector Signal Analysis Enabled (use with MX280005A)
MS27102A-0706 9 kHz – 6 GHz Spectrum Monitor
MS27102A-0402 2-port RF Input
MS27102A-0404 4-port RF input
MS27102A-0406 6-port RF input

Vision Options

Option Description
MS27102A-0400 Vision Monitor Enabled
MS27102A-0401 Vision Locate Enabled (requires option 400)
MS27102A-0407 High-Speed Port Scanner
MS27102A-0486 Coverage Mapping (requires option 407)

Getting Started

Connecting to the Remote Spectrum Monitor using a Ethernet Network

Communication with the MS27102A is done via the GBit Ethernet port located on the instrument. Options are provided for using DHCP to obtain an IP address dynamically or for setting up a static IP address. The instrument is shipped with the default static IP address of Once a connection is made to the instrument via a laptop/PC, the IP type can be changed via the user interface presented by the monitor’s integrated web server.

For DHCP usage, Anritsu offers an Ethernet Discovery Program which queries your network for all connected devices. The Ethernet Discovery Program can be found on the Anritsu website.

Some customers may prefer to use a Domain Name Server (DNS) where the spectrum monitor’s hostname can be resolved into its dynamic IP address. A DNS server provides the ability to create a hostname. Examples might include hostnames such as “” or “”. There are several free DNS services available. One such service used by Anritsu is You will need to create an account and select a hostname for your instrument.

Further details about configuring your Ethernet connection can be found in our Configuration Quick Start Guide available for download in the Download Library tab.