Why do you need a professional to measure RF?

April 14, 2022

Look around your office and you’ll likely easily spot several devices that emit RF, or radio frequencies. In fact, the likes of phones, computers, wireless networks, microphones, modems and more are all devices that emit RF. And being that networks can be hacked by wrongdoers intercepting RF signals, more businesses are taking such matters seriously and taking the proper measures to guard against this type of intrusion.

However, before the likes of RF window films, foils, paints and other signal-deadening solutions are put in place, it’s always a good idea to measure RF so you can see just how much of an issue it is — and what types of solutions would be best suited to prevent a breach.

How RF is Measured

So just how is RF measured? Typically, this is carried out using an RF signal analyzer. However, it’s important to note that the analyzer will only measure RF at the point of where it is located, so you’ll get different readings as you move around an office our outside of a complex.

There are a few types of signal analyzers that are often used, the most common being 1-axis models and 3-axis models. The former is generally a bit trickier to use, as these single-axis analyzers only contain one sensor and must be rotated properly to get a correct reading. 3-axis models are generally easier to use, as they’re typically always appropriately aligned and don’t need to be rotated. These signal analyzers are typically also much more expensive than single-axis models.

Measuring RF: Leave it to the Pros

While you can purchase a wide range of RF signal analyzers to assess whether or not RF is an issue in your office, determining this is always best left to the pros. Like we said above, there are different types of RF analyzers, and there are different means of how each delivers readouts. Those who don’t know what they’re doing may not be getting the accurate readout that they need to properly determine whether there’s a problem or not. False alarms, identifying the incorrect source of RF emissions, and ultimately spending money on solutions that aren’t necessary or not best suited for your office.

Furthermore, professionals can ensure that your RF readings are accurate, the sources are properly identified and that the best solutions are recommended for proper business safeguarding. They’ll perform initial assessments, mock-ups and proof-of-concept modifications, and they’ll always conduct a follow-up test to ensure that the solutions that were suggested or were implemented are working appropriately.

Yes, it’s possible to purchase an RF signal analyzer on Amazon or at the store, but do you really know how to use it? Are you really confident that the readings you’re getting are accurate? Are you really about to spend money to resolve a problem that you’re not even certain exists? Leave RF readings to the professionals, you’ll likely save time, money and hassle in the long run. Bottom line: Rely on the pros for RF measurement!

Let the pros at Signals Defense help you measure your RF but more importantly, make your office safer for your data and information.