02_ARGUS Copper Box_V3_Data sheet_U_V_01_2017_neu.fm

02_ARGUS Copper Box_V3_Data sheet_U_V_01_2017_neu.fm
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A R G U S®
C O P P E R
B O X
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ARGUS Copper Box v3
The ARGUS Copper Box is intec's expansion for the ARGUS 15x
and ARGUS 16x xDSL combi testers. With this USB Box, it is 
possible to, on the one hand, detect dangerous voltages and currents before they can cause harm and, on the other hand, safely
determine the physical characteristics of the line. This latter
feature is of particular advantage when it is not possible to synchronize a DSL line or when the data rate achieved on a line is so
low that there is reason to suspect that asymmetry (an
unbalance), interference or mechanical issues are causing 
problems on it.
• With the aid of the resistive symmetry, it is possible to
detect anomalies in cabling. These anamolies can lead to
signal distortion or tranmission errors.
• Loop resistance measurements can be used to detect
short-circuits as well as to estimate the line length.
• DC current measurements can be used to detect emergency, external or normal supply as well as to determine
whether the line is too long or interrupted.
• Symmetry measurement (LCL): This measurement at a
frequency of 1 MHz can be used to assess whether the wire
pair is unbalanced.
• NEXT measurement: Measures the Near-End Crosstalk at
a frequency of 1 MHz.
• Use of the signature detection to evaluate the signature or
PPA from the subscribers line.
• Use the remote kit to control the far end of the line and
change it to the desired state.
The compact Copper Box is attached to an ARGUS tester using
its USB host interface. Using the ARGUS's graphical user interface, the user can select the Copper Box and quickly and easily
perform all the supported measurements.
The ARGUS Copper Box has three standard banana jacks plus
support for an additional connection for customer-specific 
requirements. To ensure safety in both the lab and the field, the
standard jacks are equipped to accept 4 mm shrouded banana
plugs.
All of the measurements can be performed as automatic TRG
measurements (Tip (a), Ring (b), and Ground) with a high degree
of accuracy.
The compact ARGUS Copper Box weighs just 160 grams and
thanks to its high-quality plastic case it can shrug off being 
dropped as well as most impacts and other mechanical abuse. In
spite of its performance and the high voltages that it applies for
some measurements, the Copper Box still exhibits an 
exceptional operating time since it draws its power from the 
ARGUS tester's high-powered lithium-ion battery pack.
Other technical characteristics of the Copper Box:
• Using the autotest enables you to test automatically with
various predefined measurement profiles.
• Using the DC voltage measurement, it is possible to 
determine the type of access (e.g. ISDN or POTS), supply
voltage and any interference voltage.
• With the AC voltage measurement, it possible to detect
dangerous interference voltages.
• With the aid of the capacitive symmetry, it is possible to
detect anomalies in cabling. These anamolies can lead to
signal distortion or transmission errors.
• Capacitance measurements will indicate any interruptions in the line and can determine the typical input
capacitance of the connected equipment. Furthermore, these
measurements can be used to assess whether the wire pair is
unbalanced.
• Isolation resistance measurements can be used to
detect damaged cable isolation, moisture in the cables or
oxidized contacts.
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The Copper Box was designed with an eye to compatibility so it
can be used with a number of testers. As a result, an installation
team using a variety of ARGUS testers can each extend their 
tester's capabilities using these boxes and all their features.
Consequently, the testers need not be sent in to have these 
additional features added. The USB Box can be tied together
with the tester using a specific shock absorbing rubber jacket.
You can also use your PC to get free updates for the Copper Box
quickly and easily.
The standard equipment includes three highquality connection
cables and is delivered together with a manual.
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ARGUS Copper Box v3 to assess 
the physical quality of the local loop
All of the measurements can be performed as automatic TRG measurements (Tip (a), Ring (b), and Ground) with a high degree of accuracy.
Copper Box test functions:
• DC voltage; UDC (U=):
- Measuring range:
- Resolution:
- Accuracy:
0.01 V to 220 V
range 1: 0.01 V to 9.99 V; 0.01 V
range 2: 10.0 V to 220.0 V; 0.1 V
± (0.5 % + 2 digits)
• Resistive symmetry balance; (RSym):
- Measuring range:
10 Ω to 5 kΩ
- Resolution:
10 Ω to 5 kΩ; 0.1 Ω
- Accuracy:
± 0.2 % des RLoop ± 0.2 Ω
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 30 V DC or 30 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
• AC voltage; UAC (U~):
- Measuring range:
- Resolution:
0.01 V to 210.0 V (RMS, at sinus 50 Hz)
range 1: 0.01 V to 9.99 V; 0.01 V
range 2: 10.0 V to 210 V; 0.1 V
- Accuracy:
range 1: ± (2 % + 2 digits)
range 2: ± (1.5 % + 2 digits)
*Frequency: 10 Hz to 200 Hz, 0.2 Hz; ± (1.5 % + 2 digits), sinus
• Loop resistance; (R):
- Measuring range:
0.1 Ω to 40 MΩ (13 V, max. measuring
current 15 mA)
- Resolution:
range 1: 0.1 Ω to 999.9 Ω; 0.1 Ω
range 2: 1.000 kΩ to 9.999 kΩ; 1 Ω
range 3: 10.00 kΩ to 99.99 kΩ; 10 Ω
range 4: 100.0 kΩ to 999.9 kΩ; 100 Ω
range 5: 1.000 MΩ to 9.999 MΩ; 1 kΩ
range 6: 10.0 MΩ to 40.0 MΩ; 10 kΩ
- Accuracy:
range 1: ± (1 % + 3 digits)
range 2 - 4: ± (1 % + 1 digit)
range 5: ± (2 % + 1 digit)
range 6: ± (5 % + 1 digit)
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 3.5 V DC or 30 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
• Capacitive symmetry (balance); (CSym):
- Measuring range:
10 nF to 4 μF
- Resolution:
10 nF to 4 μF; 0.01 nF
- Accuracy:
relative capacity ± 0.1 %
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 17 V DC or 17 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
• Capacitance; (C):
- Measuring range:
- Resolution:
0.01 nF to 8000 nF (measuring frequency 8 Hz)
range 1: 0.01 nF to 9.99 nF; 0.01 nF
range 2: 10.0 nF to 99.99 nF; 0.01 nF
range 3: 100.0 nF to 999.9 nF; 0.1 nF
range 4: 1000 nF to 8000 nF; 1 nF
- Accuracy:
range 1 - 2: ± (4 % + 4 digits)
range 3 - 4: ± (3 % + 1 digit)
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 17 V DC or 17 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
*Measured by film capacitors
• DC current; IDC (I=):
- Measuring range:
- Resolution:
- Accuracy:
• Unbalance at 1 MHz; (LCL):
- Measuring range:
0.1 dB to 65.0 dB
- Resolution:
range 1: 0.1 dB to 55.0 dB; 0.1 dB
range 2: 55.1 dB to 65.0 dB; 0.1 dB
- Accuracy:*:
range 1: ± 1.5 dB
range 2: ± 3 dB
*The length of the test leads can influence the accuracy of the
measurement. Therefore, this information applies to a measurement
without test leads (short measurement adapter). 
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 3 V DC or 3 V AC. At an
internal resistance of the source of 1 MΩ it will be measured up to
3.5 V DC / AC.
• Isolation resistance; (Iso.):
- Measuring range:
0.1 kΩ to 999.9 MΩ (105 V, max. measuring
current 2 mA)
- Resolution:
range 1: 0.1 kΩ to 99.9 kΩ; 0.1 kΩ
range 2: 100.0 kΩ to 999.0 kΩ; 1 kΩ
range 3: 1.0 MΩ to 9.99 MΩ; 10 kΩ
range 4: 10 MΩ to 99.9 MΩ; 100 kΩ
range 5: 100 MΩ to 999.9 MΩ; 100 kΩ
- Accuracy:
range 1 - 3: ± (2 % + 1 digit)
range 4 - 5: ± (5 % + 1 digit)
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 5 V DC or 30 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
• Near-End crosstalk at 1 MHz; (NEXT):
- Measuring range:
0,1 dB to 65.0 dB
- Resolution:
0.1 dB to 65.0 dB; 0,1 dB
- Accuracy:
± 1 dB
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 3 V DC or 3 V AC. At an internal
resistance of the source of 1 MΩ it will be measured up to 3.5 V DC / AC.
• Isolation resistance; (Iso.):
- Measuring range:
0.1 kΩ to 40 MΩ (mit 8 V. max. measuring
current 9 mA)
- Resolution:
range 1: 0.1 kΩ to 99.9 kΩ; 0.1 kΩ
range 2: 100.0 kΩ to 999.0 kΩ; 1 kΩ
range 3: 1.0 MΩ to 9.99 MΩ; 10 kΩ
range 4: 10.0 MΩ to 40.0 MΩ; 100 kΩ
- Accuracy:
range 1 - 3: ± (2 % + 1 digit)
range 4: ± (5 % + 1 digit)
*Dielectric strength for external voltage up to 5 V DC or 30 V AC (with a load 200 kΩ)
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0.1 mA to 499.9 mA
0.1 mA to 499.9 mA; 0.1 mA
± (2.5 % + 3 digits)
• *Reference conditions (calibration):
- Temperature:
- Relative humidity:
- Frequency of
measuremen type:
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23 °C ± 5 °C
50 % ± 20 % relative humidity,
non-condensing
50 Hz ± 5 Hz, sinus
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Technical Features:
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Power supply via USB host of the ARGUS
Keypad via 4 cursor keys and 3 softkeys of the ARGUS
2 LEDs indicating status
CE marking: complies with CE directives
User safety: fullfils EN 60950-1:2006-11
RoHS conformance accoring to WEEE directive
Interfaces:
• 4 x 4 mm banana jacks (for all-included test leads)
• USB-Host interface (Type A)
Environmental conditions:
• Operating temperature: 0 °C to +50 °C (32 °F to 122 °F)
• Storing temperature: -20 °C to +50 °C (-4 °F to 122 °F)
• Relative humidty: up to 95 %, non-condensing
Dimensions:
• Size: H 125 mm, W 74 mm, D 22 mm (4.92 x 2.91 x 0.87 in)
• Weight: ca. 160 g (0.35 lbs)
ARGUS Copper Box is available with the 
following basic packages:
Standard package:
ARGUS Copper Box incl. three all-insulated banana jacks (red,
black, green) and english Manual
ARGUS 151 VDSL (incl. Vectoring)
Order number: 115302
ARGUS 151 ADSL Annex A+L+M
Order number: 115312
ARGUS Copper Box (incl. rubber jacket)
Order number: 015098 (for ARGUS 151, ARGUS 152, ARGUS 155)
ARGUS Copper Box (incl. rubber jacket)
Order number: 015099 (for ARGUS 162, ARGUS 165)
ARGUS 152 ADSL Annex A+L+M
Order number: 115202
ARGUS 152 VDSL2 (incl. Vectoring)
Order number: 115272
ARGUS 155 ADSL Annex A+L+M
Order number: 115502
ARGUS 155 VDSL2 (incl. Vectoring)
Order number: 115602
ARGUS 155 SHDSL-2-w
Order number: 115632
ARGUS 155 ISDN PRI/E1
Order number: 115662
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ARGUS 162 ADSL Annex A+L+M
Order number: 116202
ARGUS 162 VDSL2 (incl. Vectoring)
Order number: 116272
ARGUS 165 GigE + ADSL Annex A+L+M
Order number: 116502
ARGUS 165 GigE + VDSL2
Order number: 116572
ARGUS 165 GigE + SHDSL 2-w
Order number: 116582
Accessories ARGUS Copper Box:
Rahmedestraße 90
D-58507 Lüdenscheid
NEXT cable (green / blue, twisted)
Order number: 015296
Tel: +49 2351 9070-0
Fax: +49 2351 9070-70
* We would be glad to provide further details and information
about additional accessories on request.
E-Mail: sales@argus.info
Internet: www.argus.info/en
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