Using Newer Power Meters and Sensors with the PNA


PNA Network Analyzer - All Power Meter Uses

We have received many requests regarding the newer Power Meters and USB Sensors and their use with the PNA Network Analyzer for calibration, adjustments, and measurements. Older PNAs will not recognize some of the newer sensors and even recently shipped units may not recognize the newest sensors. Below is some information on how to get these new sensors to be recognized and working, regardless of the currently installed firmware.

Right-click to download the AgilentPwrMtr driver and one of the two registry files, depending upon your operating system. Save them somewhere on the PNA or on a flash drive for later transfer to the PNA.

  1.   AgilentPwrMtr.exe   For all PNAs
  2.   Power Meter Registry - XP   For XP units ONLY!
  3.   Power Meter Registry - Win 7   For Windows 7 units ONLY!

Setup Instructions:
  1. Place the AgilentPwrMtr file on the PNA in this OS-dependent directory. This will overwrite an existing file.

      XP:      C:\Program Files\Agilent\Network Analyzer\Service.
    Win 7:   C:\Program Files (x86)\Agilent\Network Analyzer\Service.

  2. Place the appropriate Registry file in any temporary location on the PNA.

  3. Double-click on the Registry file to add the registry details. If using Windows 7, you may be asked to elevate permissions.

This combination should allow the P-Series Power Meter and newer USB sensors to function with the PNA. For the adjustment routines on older firmware, the sensor selection dialog box in the individual adjustment programs may not list the new sensors. Instead, make the following substitutions:

  • N1921A - Select the E4412A sensor
  • N1922A - Select the E4413A sensor if using this up to 26.5 GHz.
  • N1922A - Select 8487A sensor if using this up to 40 GHz.
Older PNAs may not be able to use USB sensors for adjustments.

As new power meters and sensors are introduced, these files will be updated accordingly.

Last Updated: June 20, 2016