Line testing method and apparatus therefor

DC
  • US 6,373,923 B1
  • Filed: 11/03/1998
  • Issued: 04/16/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/03/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of assessing suitability of a wireline communication resource for supporting data transmissions at relatively high frequency between an infrastructure node and a subscriber terminal, the wireline communication resource inherently arranged to support voice band transmissions at relatively low frequency, the method comprising the steps of:

  • at a test point, sending a test signal at the relatively high frequency to the subscriber terminal, the test signal having a predetermined level;

    detecting an attenuated level of the test signal at the subscriber terminal;

    communicating an indication of the attenuated level of the test signal to the test point; and

    at the test point, assessing the suitability of the wireline communication resource for supporting data transmission at relatively high frequency based upon receipt of the indication of the attenuated level and the predetermined level.

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