The node is based on a fixed receiver but modular upstream transmitter. The output amplifier stage uses high performance GaN hybrid, making the usable output level range especially wide. DOCSIS 3.1 and DVB-C2 requirements have been taken in account in this product. The downstream frequency band reaches 1.2 GHz which ensures fulfilment of all future bandwidth needs. The upstream signal path is flexible and it can be updated to 204 MHz. ACE8 has an external USB connector for local configuration with a PC. It is also equipped with a plug-in module slot for transponder module. The transponder unit allows full remote monitoring and control of all node parameters. In addition it can measure the levels of both forward and return path signals and enables the automatic forward and return path alignment function. Fully user configurable automatic level control (ALC) keeps output level constant, while forward path spectrum analyser and return path ingress analyser features aid in network monitoring and troubleshooting.