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Fluke introduces first certifying OTDR for testing and troubleshooting fiber optic links in LANs

Fluke Networks Canada has released the OptiFiber Certifying OTDR, which it says is the first field OTDR to integrat...


October 1, 2002  


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Fluke Networks Canada has released the OptiFiber Certifying OTDR, which it says is the first field OTDR to integrate loss/length certification, auto OTDR analysis, and end-face inspection to meet the rigorous test demands of gigabit, 10 Gigabit and higher speed applications.<br><br>
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OptiFiber advances the testing of premise fiber optic cabling, providing all the individual tests and documentation required to ensure the cable plant was correctly installed in accordance with best professional practices and new proposed TIA standards.<br><br>
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Recently, TIA TR-42.8 approved a project to clarify testing of optical fiber cabling. The scope of the bulletin to be written includes two tiers of testing that can be chosen by a designer to be specified in a project.<br><br>
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Tier 1 accommodates loss and length testing with an optical loss test set (OLTS) and polarity verification by means of the OLTS or a visual fault locator (VFL).<br><br>
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Specifying Tier 2 testing includes the parameters of Tier 1 and also an OTDR trace of the installed cable plant. <br><br>
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“Fiber testing is evolving similar to copper cable testing,” said Brad Masterson, product manager at Fluke Networks Canada. <br><br>
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“Initially connectivity was the primary concern. Later, insertion loss testing was required. Now with 100 Mb/s to the desk and higher speeds in the backbone, the fiber infrastructure is being stressed and pushed to the limits. Certification that the fiber is properly installed and terminated is essential to guarantee acceptable performance.”<br><br>
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OptiFiber certifies and documents LAN fiber networks by integrating two-fiber dual-wavelength loss/length certification, auto OTDR trace analysis, and end-face inspection. <br><br>
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It then automatically delivers the results in a single fiber certification report that can be archived or printed to leave at the job site. As proof that a fiber is properly installed and terminated, OptiFiber’s certification report includes length and dual wavelength insertion loss to comply with industry and customer standards, optical events and OTDR traces to identify and correct problems, and high-resolution fiber end-face images to grade termination quality.<br><br>
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Pricing for the OptiFiber products, which are available in three models, starts at $24,102. <br><br>


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