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4-port E5071C vs N5230A

Question asked by h4ttrang on Sep 19, 2019
Latest reply on Oct 10, 2019 by Dr_joel



I used 4-port E5071C to measure twisted-pair cables and differential channels on PCB. Basically, it can cover S-parameter measurements and provide .s4p file.


Now we need to purchase a VNA for our new lab. The 4-port PNA-L N5230A shows similar capabilities.


From what I can find online, it looks like the N5230A cannot do true balanced measurements. Is it one of the critical differences between E5071C and PNA-L N5230A?


What other differences do I need to consider for purchasing one over the other?


Really appreciate feedback from users who have experience using both models.