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Testing technologies have made some significant strides over the past few years. As a result, a variety of new cable and network testing products are making their way onto the scene. Here's a roundup ...


September 1, 2000  


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Testing technologies have made some significant strides over the past few years. As a result, a variety of new cable and network testing products are making their way onto the scene. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest and most innovative . . .

WWG INTRODUCES INTEGRATED OTDR AND DWDM TESTER

Wavetek Wandel Goltermann (WWG) has brought to market its new OTDR for fiber network installation and maintenance. Called the MTSe, the tester has been designed for all fiber test applications from 635 to 1625nm, including dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM).

An upgrade to WWG’s existing MTS tools, the new MTSe is said to be faster and offer greater functionality than its predecessor. In OTDR mode, the MTSe acquires data at the rate of up to ten sweep scans per second, with 128,000 data points. In addition, it offers a single, integrated field test solution for OTDR measurements and DWDM testing.

A variety of OTDR plug-in test modules are available, including short-haul (SR), medium-haul (DR), long-haul (VHD), very long-haul and 1625nm. Other modules include dense WDM, visual fault locators, optical talk sets and a range of light sources and power meters.

WAVETEK WANDEL GOLTERMANN

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

TOOL COMBINES CABLE, NETWORK, DESKTOP TESTING

Fluke Electronics Canada Inc. has unveiled its new NetTool connectivity tester, which combines cable, network and desktop testing in one unit.

NetTool will identify the service available on RJs as Ethernet, Telco or Token Ring, or indicate if the jack is inactive. The tester also resolves PC network configuration issues such as IP address, default gateway and email and web servers, and shows the key network resources used by that PC.

It will perform such functions as: checking link pulse for speed, polarity, duplex, transmit level and receive pair; listing problems detected on the PC and network; and showing protocol mismatches between the PC configuration and the network.

NetTool has the basic functionality to test patch cables and cabling. When a cable is inserted into the jacks on either side of the tester, it will instantly detect cable length, opens, splits, and shorts. It also provides wiremaps of patch cords and cabling.

FLUKE ELECTRONICS CANADA

Mississauga, Ontario

MULTIPLE CABLE TESTER AVAILABLE

Ray-Bar Communications Inc. has unveiled its new 0660 multiple cable tester.

The tester is comprised of one master and one remote unit. The master unit features an LCD screen, an 8C jack, a 6C jack and a BNC connector. The remote unit is designed to fit into 8C, 6C jack and BNC accordingly.

Features of the tester include an easy to read LCD display, a suggestion mode for intelligent cabling consultation, RJ-45, RJ12/11 and BNC connectors, and tests for open, shorts and missing wires.

RAY-BAR COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Mississauga, Ontario

FOTEC OTDR IS PC-BASED

Fotec is now offering an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) module that works with any Windows PC.

The new OTDR comes with software that converts the PC display into an OTDR display. The portable system is available either as a stand-alone module or in a kit, which includes all accessories for field use.

A self-study program, which helps users interpret OTDR measurements, is included with all units.

FOTEC

Medford, Massachusetts

RIFOCS LAUNCHES OPTICAL POWER METER

The new RIFOCS 522B-HP optical power meter is capable of performing measurements of high levels of optical power up to +27dBm. This, says the company, makes the handheld device (calibrated traceable to NIST with 980nm, 1310nm, 1480nm, 1550nm and 1625nm) well suited for qualification and testing communication systems, optical amplifiers and other high output devices.

The product can store and retrieve up to 1,000 separate data records — each containing a power reading, reference value, calibration wavelength, date and time. Stored measurement data can be printed via an RS232 port on the side of the instrument or can be downloaded to a PC-compatible workstation.

Additional features include PASS/FAIL testing with audible signal, a backlit LCD display, a colour-coded keypad and a protective rubber jacket.

RIFOCS CORPORATION

Camarillo, California

TEKTRONIX UNVEILS PORTABLE OPTICAL TEST SYSTEM

Tektronix says its new portable, multi-channel, multi-rate test platform will allow telecom network operators to reduce circuit turn-up times.

Called the OTS9010 Optical Test System, the product is a portable version of the company’s OTS9000 system. The new version is said to provide users with the portable test functionality needed to enable field maintenance and testing of new high-speed, 10 gigabits per second (Gb/s) optical networks.

The OTS9010 holds multiple test modules to support 10 Gb/s SONET/SDH analysis, and is designed specifically for multi-channel testing. Designed to test dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems at 10Gb/s, the OTS9010 resides on a flexible platform designed to grow as requirements change.

TEKTRONIX, INC.

Beaverton, Oregon

HARRIS INTRODUCES CABLE FAULT FINDER

Harris Corporation has introduced its new TS 100 Cable Fault Finder, which works on two or more conductor cables up to 2,500 feet, with no additional calibration for wire thickness.

The company says its patented tone generator identifies a specific pair quickly and easily, even in proximity to current-bearing cable.

With the TS100, contractors can monitor cable inventory in trucks and warehouses, and generate bids for jobs by quickly assessing needs and accurately managing cable stock. Features include a large LED screen and a menu that is easy-to-read, even in low light conditions.

HARRIS CORPORATION

Melbourne, Florida


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