Attenuation To Crosstalk Ratio

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Attenuation To Crosstalk Ratio ( ACR ; German attenuation-crosstalk attenuation ratio , also crosstalk attenuation ) is the ratio of insertion loss (insertion loss) to crosstalk (NEXT) of a transmission path in a structured cabling .

The ACR value is given in dB and expresses the quality of the transmission path. The higher the value, the higher the quality of the transmission path (related to the frequency ).

Sample calculation

For a transmission link with a UTP cable, the insertion loss is 19 dB and the NEXT value is 82 dB. This means that the ACR value is 82 dB - 19 dB = 63 dB. Another transmission link has an ACR value of 50 dB, this transmission link has a poorer quality compared to the first-mentioned one, because the ACR value is lower.

Limit values ​​according to standard

Smallest permissible ACR limit values ​​in dB for class-specific frequencies.

Class according to DIN EN 50173 100 MHz 250 MHz 600 MHz
Class D. 11.9 not defined not defined
Class E. 23.3 4.7 not defined
Class F 47.3 31.6 8.1


For (digital) communications technology, it must be ensured that the ACR does not fall below 0 within the bandwidth to be transmitted . The ACR is comparable to the signal-to-noise ratio from telephony or any other transmission technology.


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Individual evidence

  1. DIN EN 50173-1, Information technology - Application-neutral communication cable systems - Part 1: General requirements
  2. ^ IT manual, 7th edition, Westermann Schulbuchverlag, Braunschweig 2011, ISBN 978-3-14-2250427 , p. 291.

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