Hantek DSO5000 series oscilloscope modifications. Part 1 – doubling the bandwidth of DSO5102B.

Hantek DSO5000 screen

Hantek DSO5000 screen

Some time ago I realized that I need to add digital oscilloscope to my set of instruments. DSO is handy for measurements and taking screenshots and this is what I have been doing a lot lately. After comparing specs of current models from several manufacturers I picked Hantek DSO5102B scope. The main reasons to choose this model were cost, screen size, and rich potential for hacking – in no particular order.

Hantek DSO5000-series scopes come in 3 bandwidth variants – DSO5062B(60MHz), DSO5102B(100MHz), and DSO5202B(200MHz). They are identical or nearly identical (early production scopes of different bandwidth had different value resistors soldered in analog front end but that’s the only difference), and making one from another is a simple matter of editing certain configuration files inside the scope. In addition to that, many other modifications can be made, including fan speed, low jitter ADC clock, low noise power supplies, and many others (see the EEVblog thread – the first link in the list at the end of this post). Newer benchtop DSO/MSO oscilloscopes from Hantek are based on the same hardware and there were successful attempts to make a MSO from this scope by adding a logic analyzer PCB.

As is often the case with Chinese products, the oscilloscope is also available under brand names Tekway, Voltcraft and some others with model numbers different from Hantek. The firmware has been originally developed by Tekway and uses Tekway model numbers – DST1062B(60MHz), DST1102B(100MHz), DST1202B(200MHz). Out of many brand names, Hantek seems to be the cheapest. Also, where I live (the US) Hantek can be bought locally. When I was shopping around, 60MHz models were more expensive than 100MHz so I ended up buying DSO5102B from Hong Kong for $388.88 shipped by UPS Global Express.

After receiving the instrument I checked the functionality. The scope worked well, the screen was large, and bugs were tolerable. I then proceeded to “modify” the device to 200MHz model; what follows is the detailed description of the steps I took to implement the mod outlined in EEVblog thread (Tinhead, you are the man!) – proceed at your own risk! The instrument has no “warranty void” stickers and I’m assuming that from the warranty standpoint opening the case is OK but I never bothered to actually check this assumption. In the worst case the instrument would have to be shipped to the seller/manufacturer for repair or replacement. Also, the procedure involves operating the device with power supply exposed – please be careful!

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