Scanning Receivers

Precision Network Testing for 5G New Radio, LTE, Public Safety, and More

PCTEL’s HBflex™, IBflex®, and MXflex® scanning receivers are precision RF testing tools. They are used to verify and improve the performance of wireless networks worldwide, including 5G NR, LTE, and public safety technologies. PCTEL scanning receivers support a variety of network engineering activities, including spectrum clearing, baseline testing, model tuning, network planning, network commissioning, acceptance testing, competitive benchmarking, troubleshooting, and network optimization. They integrate easily with third-party software and are supported by PCTEL’s own Engage™, SeeHawk®, and SeeWave® tools.

Key Features

  • 5G NR measurements
  • 4G/5G dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) support (HBflex™ and IBflex®)
  • LTE, NB-IoT, public safety, and LTE-M measurements
  • LTE-LAA measurements (HBflex™ and IBflex®)
  • Wide mmWave (HBflex) and sub-6 GHz (all) band range
  • Field-upgradeable software-defined radio (SDR) architecture
  • Simultaneous testing on multiple technologies and bands

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Brochure: 5G Scanning Receivers

Models


HBflex

The HBflex is a highly flexible test tool for mmWave and traditional wireless spectrum. With 5G NR testing capabilities on both mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands, it can be used to clear spectrum or test 5G NR alongside LTE, NB-IoT, LAA, Wi-Fi, and legacy 3G and 2G wireless network technologies.

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5G Scanning Receivers Brochure


IBflex®

 

The IBflex scanning receiver is designed for in-building and small cell testing, but it also has the performance and accuracy needed for traditional drive testing. Low power consumption and a hot-swap battery system make the IBflex scanner a convenient tool for a long day of walk testing or interference hunting.

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IBflex® Brochure
IBflex® Applications


MXflex®

The MXflex scanning receiver is designed for benchmarking and co-managing multiple wireless network technologies across sub-6 GHz spectrum. 5G NR and 4×4 LTE MIMO measurements make it the ideal choice for optimizing user experience during the transition from 4G and 4.5G to 5G. The MXflex scanner features concurrent scanning for fast multi-technology and multi-channel measurements.

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MXflex® Brochure


IBflex® Lite

The IBflex Lite scanning receiver combines competitive pricing with high performance measurements. It supports most major wireless technologies used around the world in a single unit, including a wide range of LTE bands. The IBflex Lite scanner is also a lightweight, low power consumption device, making it a good choice for both walk testing and drive testing.

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IBflex® Lite Brochure

Feature Comparison

FeatureHBflexIBflex®MXflex®IBflex® Lite
Band Range10 MHz – 6 GHz, 24 – 40 GHz (3GPP-defined FR2 bands only)10 MHz – 6 GHz30 MHz - 6 GHz10 MHz – 6 GHz
Supported Technologies5G NR, LTE (FDD and TDD), LTE-LAA, NB-IoT, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, Wi-Fi, P25, DRM5G NR, LTE (FDD and TDD), LTE-LAA, NB-IoT, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, Wi-Fi, P25, DMR5G NR, LTE (FDD and TDD), NB-IoT, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, GSMLTE (FDD and TDD), LTE-LAA, NB-IoT, WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, Wi-Fi, P25, DMR
4G/5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS)YesYesNoNo
Simultaneous Multi-Technology MeasurementYesYesUp to 6X IBflex RateYes
Fast BlindscanYesYesYesYes
LTE MIMO Measurements2x2
4x2
2x2
4x2
2x2
4x2
4x4
No
P25 and DMR DecodeYesYesNoYes
Custom Power Measurements (TETRA, EDACS, Analog LMR, etc.)YesYesYesYes
eMBMS MeasurementsNoNoYesNo
Layer 3 MeasurementsLTE (FDD and TDD), WCDMA, CDMA, GSMLTE (FDD and TDD), WCDMA, CDMA, GSMLTE (FDD and TDD), WCDMA, GSMLTE (FDD and TDD), WCDMA, CDMA, GSM
Connect with Bluetooth®, USB, and EthernetYesYesUSB OnlyYes
SD Card StorageYesYesNoNo
Signal Analyzer Option AvailableYesYesYesYes
Maximum Power25W18W; 10W Power Save Mode)90W18W
Size10.1" D x 6.5" W x 5.5" H(255 mm D x 165 mm W x 112 mm H)• Without Battery Pack:
7.6” D x 4.4” W x 1.55” H
(192 mm D x 111.8 mm W x 39.4 mm H)
•With Battery Pack:
10.1” D x 4.4” W x 2.1” H
(257.6 mm D x 111.8 mm W x 53.1 mm H)
9.5” D x 5.9” W x 4.3” H
(241 mm D x 150 mm W x 110 mm H )
• Without Battery Pack:
7.6” D x 4.4” W x 1.55” H
(192 mm D x 111.8 mm W x 39.4 mm H)
• With Battery Pack:
10.1” D x 4.4” W x 2.1” H
(257.6 mm D x 111.8 mm W x 53.1 mm H)
Weight7.3 lbs. (3.3 kg)• Without Batteries: 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
• With Batteries: 3.8 lb (1.7 kg)
4.9 lbs. (2.2 kg)• Without Batteries: 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
• With Batteries: 3.8 lb (1.7 kg)

Tools and Accessories


Interference Locating System

PCTEL’s SeeWave® interference locating system offers an economical, adaptable, and intuitive way to locate and eliminate network interference.


Signal Analyzer Option

Available as a software option with SeeHawk® Touch. Enables Distributed Antenna System (DAS) verification and commissioning with specialized adapter.

PCTEL Signal Analyzer vs. Traditional Spectrum Analyzer (PDF)

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Accessories

We offer walk test kits, batteries, antennas, and cables for our scanning receivers.

Walk Test Kit Datasheet
In-Building Scanning Receiver Antennas Datasheet
Outdoor Scanning Receiver Antennas Datasheet