Tap device for broadband communications systems
Radio frequency tap unit which can be reconfigured with minimal disruption of service
Flat F-port connector
ApplicationNo. 867036 filed on 06/02/1997
US Classes:333/100, Having branched circuits200/51.1, Switch closing on coupling separation333/24R, COUPLING NETWORKS333/136Including long line element
ExaminersPrimary: Gensler, Paul
International ClassH03H 007/00
AbstractA continuity bridge in a broadband signal tap for providing a make-before-break connection of an input terminal to an output terminal of the tap. The broadband signal tap comprises a housing and a cover that is removably connected to the housing. The interior of the housing has an input terminal for receiving a signal from the feeder cable and an output terminal for returning the signal to the feeder cable. The cover includes circuitry for splitting the signal and delivering a portion thereof to at least one subscriber port on the cover. The cover has an input socket and an output socket, each being removably engaged with and electrically connected to the input and output terminals, respectively, of the housing. The continuity bridge in the housing connects the input terminal to the output terminal upon the removal of the cover from the housing prior to the disengagement of the sockets from the terminals. The continuity bridge thus provides a make-before-break connection of the input terminal to the output terminal, thereby ensuring that there is no discontinuity of signal flow through the tap upon the removal of the cover from the housing.