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A set-top box is a device that connects to your TV and provides access to various television services. It receives signals and decodes them into visual and audio content that you can watch on your TV.

How can GTG assist you with the tests on set-top box?

As GTG Group’s strategy updates, some of the below listed test items may no longer be available, please contact us for the latest information.

(1) Electrical safety test

  • Insulation resistance test: this test checks the insulation resistance of the set-top box’s components, including the power supply, circuit board, and cables. The test ensures that the set-top box is adequately insulated to prevent electric shock and other electrical hazards.
  • Ground bond test: the test checks the integrity of the ground connection in the set-top box. It ensures that the set-top box’s grounded components are securely connected to the earth. A faulty ground connection can cause electrical shocks and other hazards.
  • Dielectric withstand test: the test is carried out to determine the set-top box’s ability to withstand high voltage without breaking down. This test is essential in ensuring that the set-top box can withstand voltage spikes and other electrical surges that may occur during use.
  • Leakage current test: the test checks the amount of current that leaks from the set-top box’s components when it is in use. This test is crucial in ensuring that the set-top box is safe for use and does not pose any electrical hazards.
  • Overvoltage test: the test is carried out to determine the set-top box’s ability to withstand voltage spikes and other electrical surges that may occur during use. This test ensures that the set-top box is safe for use and does not pose any electrical hazards.
  • Short-circuit test: the test checks the set-top box’s ability to withstand short circuits that may occur during use. This test ensures that the set-top box does not pose a fire hazard when a short circuit occurs.

(2) EMC test

  • Radiated emissions test: this test is designed to measure the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the set-top box. The test is conducted in a shielded room, and the set-top box is placed on a turntable. The test measures the radiation levels at various angles and frequencies.
  • Conducted emissions test: this test is designed to measure the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is conducted through the set-top box’s power cord. The test is conducted in a shielded room, and the set-top box is connected to a power source and various other devices to simulate real-world usage.
  • Electrostatic discharge test: this test is designed to simulate the effects of static electricity on the set-top box. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of static electricity and measuring its response.
  • Radiated immunity test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to resist electromagnetic radiation from other devices. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of radiation and measuring its response.
  • Conducted immunity test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to resist electromagnetic radiation conducted through its power cord. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of radiation and measuring its response.
  • Power frequency magnetic field immunity test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to resist magnetic fields generated by power lines and other sources. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of magnetic fields and measuring its response.
  • Voltage dip and interruption test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to withstand voltage dips and interruptions in the power supply. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of voltage dips and interruptions and measuring its response.
  • Harmonics and flicker test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to withstand harmonics and flicker in the power supply. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of harmonics and flicker and measuring its response.
  • Surge test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to withstand power surges. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of surges and measuring its response.
  • ESD test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to withstand electrostatic discharge. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of electrostatic discharge and measuring its response.
  • Magnetic field immunity test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to resist magnetic fields generated by other devices. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of magnetic fields and measuring its response.
  • Conducted disturbance test: this test is designed to measure the set-top box’s ability to resist electromagnetic disturbances conducted through its power cord. The test involves exposing the set-top box to various levels of disturbances and measuring its response.

(3) Mechanical tests

  • Drop test: the test is conducted to determine how well the set-top box can withstand sudden impacts. During this test, the set-top box is dropped from a specified height to see if it can survive the impact and continue to function correctly.
  • Vibration test: the tests are carried out to ensure that the set-top box can withstand different vibration levels, such as those experienced during transportation. The set-top box is subjected to different vibration levels, ranging from 5 Hz to 200 Hz, and the device’s response is monitored to ensure that it can withstand the vibrations.
  • Shock test: the test is performed to determine how well the set-top box can handle sudden shocks. The set-top box is subjected to sudden shocks to see if it can continue to function correctly.
  • Remote control test: the test is performed to determine how well the set-top box responds to commands from the remote control. The set-top box is tested to ensure that it responds correctly and promptly to commands.

(4) Environmental tests

  • Temperature tests: the test are essential in ensuring that set-top boxes can withstand different temperatures, depending on the installation environment. For example, if a set-top box is to be installed in a cold environment, it must be able to operate at low temperatures without malfunctioning. Temperature tests are carried out in controlled environments, where the set-top box is exposed to different temperatures, ranging from -10°C to +50°C. The set-top box is then monitored to ensure that it can operate under these conditions.
  • Humidity tests: the test are also critical in determining the suitability of a set-top box for use in different environments. Humidity tests are carried out in controlled environments, where the set-top box is exposed to different humidity levels, ranging from 10% to 90%. The set-top box is then monitored to ensure that it can operate under these conditions without malfunctioning.
  • Dust tests: the test are carried out to ensure that the set-top box can withstand exposure to dust and other particles. The set-top box is exposed to different levels of dust, and the device’s response is monitored to ensure that it can operate under these conditions.
  • Water resistance tests: the test are carried out to ensure that the set-top box can withstand exposure to water, such as during installation or use in humid environments. The set-top box is exposed to different levels of water, and the device’s response is monitored to ensure that it can operate under these conditions.
  • RoHS compliance tests: the test are carried out to ensure that the set-top box does not contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, or cadmium. The set-top box is tested for the presence of these substances, and the device’s response is monitored to ensure that it meets the required RoHS compliance standards.
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How can GTG assist you with the certifications or markings for set-top box?

As GTG Group’s strategy updates, some of the below listed certifications or markings may no longer be available, please contact us for the latest information.

(1) CE marking

CE marking is a mandatory certification for set-top boxes that are manufactured within the European Union. It indicates that the product meets all the safety, health, and environmental protection requirements as per EU legislation.

(2) FCC certification

FCC certification is mandatory for all electronic devices, including set-top boxes, manufactured and marketed in the United States. It ensures that the product complies with all the Federal Communications Commission regulations related to electromagnetic interference and radiation.

(3) RoHS certification

RoHS certification is mandatory for set-top boxes that are manufactured and sold within the European Union. It indicates that the product does not contain any hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, or cadmium, which can harm the environment.

(4) UL certification

UL certification is voluntary but highly recommended for set-top boxes that are sold in the United States. It indicates that the product has undergone safety testing and meets all the relevant safety standards as per Underwriters Laboratories.

(5) TUV certification

TUV certification is a widely recognized certification provided by TÜV Rheinland, a global testing and certification organization. TUV certification on a set-top box indicates that the product has undergone rigorous testing and meets specific safety, quality, and performance standards set by TÜV Rheinland.

(6) Energy Star certification

Energy Star certification is voluntary but highly recommended for set-top boxes that are sold in the United States. It indicates that the product meets all the energy efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

(7) EPEAT certification

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a tool that helps purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Set-top boxes with EPEAT certification ensure that they meet the environmental standards set by EPEAT.

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Why the biggest brands trust GTG Group?

GTG Group (Global Testing Group) is a certification company that offers testing and certification services to different industries. Our expertise in set-top box testing and certification has made us a trusted name in the industry.

(1) Independent and impartial testing

GTG Group is a third-party testing company, which means we are not affiliated with any specific manufacturer. This impartiality can provide camera manufacturers and consumers with confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the testing process, and ensure that the camera meets the required standards.

(2) Confidentiality and security

GTG Group understands the importance of confidentiality and security when it comes to testing and certification. We ensure that our clients’ data and information are kept confidential and secure at all times. This ensures that our clients’ intellectual property and trade secrets are protected.

Contact GTG Group today for set-top box testing and certification to avoid any legal issues that may arise from using a faulty set-top box.

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