The ongoing transition towards a converged network infrastructure for legacy DSn/PDH,ISDN,SONET/SDH,OTN, Fibre channel, CRPI and packet-based high speed ethernet services requires a test tool that is capable of covering a wide range of interfaces and rate without sacrificing portability, speed or cost. Leveraging the powerful, intelligent FTB-1 Pro handheld platform, the NetBlazer V2 series streamlines processes and empowers field technicians to test and validate DSn/PDH,ISDN,SONET/SDH,OTN, Fibre channel, CRPI and Ethernet circuits efficiently.
Using the MAX-800 Series, you can single-handedly scan the network and connect to any available EXFO datacom remote tester. Simply select the unit to be tested and choose whether you want traffic to be looped back via Smart Loopback or Dual Test Set for simultaneous bidirectional EtherSAM or RFC 2544 results. With this approach, you no longer need an additional technician at the far end to relay critical information—the MAX-800 Series modules take care of everything.
Scalable, open platform: multipurpose solution ready to evolve as your network transforms with active assurance (L3–L7) and active testing capabilities including an extensive catalog of 140 tests.
Simple to use, pocket-sized solution: quickly and accurately tests full line rate Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
Carrier-grade quality: dedicated FPGA-powered hardware in a rugged, battery-operated solution with repeatable and extremely reliable test metrics.
Untethered testing experience: technicians get extended battery life and escape the confines of harsh testing environments by connecting to their Android device using Bluetooth® low energy technology.
Efficient job close-out: automated report generation (PDF or CSV files uploaded by email or shared using EXFO Connect client service).
Ideal companion for your activation tool kit: combine with an optical power meter, fiber inspection probe (FIP) or copper/DSL tester to cover turn up of all essential FTTx or business services.
The ongoing transition toward a converged network infrastructure for legacy DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel, requires a test tool that can cover a wide range of interfaces and rates, without sacrificing portability, speed or cost. Leveraging the powerful, intelligent FTB-1 Pro handheld platform, the NetBlazer V2 Series streamlines processes and empowers field technicians to test and validate DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel, common public radio interface (CPRI) and packet-based high-speed Ethernet services efficiently.
Complete and agile testing of 10G services
From development in the lab to troubleshooting in the field, EXFO’s FTBx-8870/8880 Power Blazer features a full suite of test capabilities with a range of technologies up to 10G.
Key DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH
Preconfigure user-defined bit-error-rate (BER) thresholds prior to running tests. Results are easy to interpret thanks to a simple pass/fail verdict at the conclusion of tests.
Key Ethernet features
Intelligent network discovery mode enables you to single-handedly scan the network and connect to any available EXFO datacom remote tester, with no need for an additional technician at the far-end to relay information.
Smart Loopback functionality offers five distinct loopback modes adjusting to all unique loopback situations.
Dual-port testing makes it possible for a single technician to launch EtherSAM or RFC 2544 tests using a single module and to obtain bidirectional results.
Support for virtual-local-area-network (VLAN) tags, Q-in-Q VLAN tags and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) to enhance security, scalability, reliability and performance.
EtherSAM: the new standard in Ethernet testing
EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services, including critical service-level agreement (SLA) criteria such as packet jitter and quality-of-service (QoS) measurements.
EtherSam bidirectional results
Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, providing 100% first-time-right service activation—the highest level of confidence in service testing.
EtherSAM service configuration test
Sequential testing of each service to validate that it is properly provisioned and that all specific key performance indicators (KPIs) or SLA parameters have been met.
EtherSAM service performance test
Once the configuration of each individual service has been validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.
EtherSAM bidirectional results
Executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements.
Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction for 100% first-time-right service activation.
iSAM: simplified Y.1564 (EtherSAM) and RFC 6349 testing
With iSAM, the emphasis is on minimalism and simplicity, making both the Y.1564 (EtherSAM) and RFC 6349 testing methodologies as straightforward as possible for all users.
Only a small number of steps are required to set up, run and receive valid test results.
One-page setup facilitates the setup and running of iSAM tests for field technicians of all skill levels.
Cable test with power over Ethernet (PoE)
Technicians can troubleshoot any cabling or installation issue by checking the cable’s actual pin-out, wire map, cable length, distance-to-fault measurement and propagation delay.
Adding PoE means technicians can check for the following: presence of power, the power-supply equipment type, power class rating, voltage, current and power in watts.
The FTBx-8870/8800 CPRI protocol feature verifies that a remote radio head (RRH) is fully operational and that the correct small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers are installed and properly connected.
With the layer-2 CPRI protocol, technicians can easily connect to the RRH without having to climb the cell tower.
Once connected to the RRH, the Power Blazer is able to supply the technician with a complete analysis of vital CPRI statistics.
Traffic generation and monitoring
Technicians can configure up to 32 streams of traffic in order to test just about any frame format including: Ethernet II, 802.3, SNAP, IPv4, IPv6, three levels of VLANs, MPLS, UDP and TCP.
A new virtual frame display that allows field technicians to easily configure multiple streams and their parameters makes it possible to test layer-2 protocols, including: Cisco discover protocol (CDP), VLAN trunking protocol (VTP) and link-layer discovery protocols (LLDP)
RFC 6349 service activation methodology
RFC 6349 validates end-to end TCP services and helps correctly locate and diagnose issues as they arise.
The RFC 6349 test helps resolve discrepancies between service-provider networks and customer premise equipment through:
Maximum-transmission-unit (MTU) size discovery
Baseline round-trip delay determination
Single or multiple TCP connections to enable full pipe testing
Carrier Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OAM)
The FTBx-8870/8880 adds extra packet-capturing capabilities, including comprehensive filtering, triggering and truncation methods to target specific traffic and quickly pinpoint issues in the lab and in the field.
Advanced traffic filtering using up to four fields and operands makes it possible to troubleshoot a particular traffic flow.
Performance assessment of Fibre Channel services
Since most storage area networks (SANs) cover large distances, and because Fibre Channel has stringent performance requirements, it is imperative to test each phase of network deployments to ensure appropriate service levels. In addition to full wire-speed traffic generation at the FC2 layer, the FTX-8870/8880 modules also support:
Proper characterization of latency for FC services.
Buffer-to-buffer credit estimation, a configuration parameter that estimates buffer credit values with respect to latency by calculating the distance according to round-trip latency times.
Switch-fabric login capability to support connections to a remote location through a fabric or semitransparent network.
Get ready to test your next-generation 100G network
The growing demand for more bandwidth and the proliferation of data centers and inter-data-center connectivity is fueling the growth of 100G networks. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are responding with solutions that are better suited to the mass deployment of 100G in the network with the inclusion of high-speed pluggable CFP4 and QSFP28 interfaces that lower costs and offer increased port density.
EXFO’s FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer is the first test solution to offer integrated CFP4 and QSFP28 interfaces, making it ready for the 100G network evolution.
Optical transport testing
Complete OTN and SONET/SDH overhead manipulation and monitoring for advanced testing and troubleshooting.
Advanced Multichannel OTN tool, which supports single-stage multiplexing from ODU0 to ODU4 with the support of 80 concurrent channels, including channelized service disruption measurement of all channels.
ODUflex, which provides a future-proof solution to transporting any client signal at any rate.
Ethernet and SONET/SDH mapping over OTU3/OTU4, enabling NEMs to qualify their 40G/100G transponder development (e.g., mapping and demapping capabilities), as well as client-signal timing transparency.
Delay measurement for OTN, SONET/SDH and Ethernet traffic across all supported testing interfaces.
Ethernet performance assessment
Ethernet traffic generation and monitoring to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications.
EtherSAM, an ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology that comprises a service configuration test and service performance test for comprehensive field testing of mobile backhaul and commercial services, as well as QoS validation for better troubleshooting.
iSAM, an intelligent service activation methodology providing simplified ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 6349 testing.
RFC 6349 test methodology for validation of end-to-end TCP service, helping to correctly locate and diagnose issues as they arise.
Rapid diagnostic test tools
Per-wavelength laser control and power measurements to catch high power levels that could damage circuits or low power that may result in signal degradation.
Per-lane frequency and offset measurements to determine network health prior to BER testing during 40G/100G network commissioning.
IP connectivity tools, including a ping tool that verifies whether a user can reach a specific address within or outside of a subnetwork.
100G Through mode testing tool that sectionalizes traffic between networks and customer premises equipment by transparently monitoring Ethernet traffic between two endpoints.
Advanced troubleshooting tools
Packet capturing tool offering comprehensive filtering, triggering and truncation methods to target specific traffic and quickly pinpoint issues in either the lab or in the field.
Advanced traffic filtering through up to four trigger fields and operands for troubleshooting of particular traffic flows.
iOptics—Intelligent Pluggable Optics test application: this first-alert test can be used in the field or lab environment to efficiently evaluate proper operation of an optical device with minimal user configuration required.
Push data to the cloud and get connected
EXFO TFv—Test Function Virtualization, including FTB Anywhere floating licenses and FTB OnDemand time-based licenses to scale testing requirements to specific needs
EXFO Connect to push and store test data content automatically in the cloud, streamlining test operations from the build-out to maintenance phases.
Turn your Android™ device into a fully automated fibre inspection solution delivering fast and consistent test results. With no wire in your way or cumbersome battery pack, it provides unmatched user experience combined with bring-it-anywhere portability.
Turn your Android™ device into a fully automated fibre inspection solution delivering fast and consistent test results. With no wires in your way or cumbersome battery pack, it provides unmatched end-user experience, combined with bring-it-anywhere portability.
This intelligent and automated test tool transforms fibre inspection into a faster and simplified one-step process providing accurate and consistent test results, and preventing the reporting of false-positive results.
Connector inspection using automated analysis software to assess connector quality is an essential step during fibre commissioning and installation, and an integral part of best practices.
This intelligent and automated test tool transforms fibre inspection into a faster and simplified one-step process providing accurate and consistent test results, and preventing the reporting of false-positive results. Connector inspection using automated analysis software to assess connector quality is an essential step during fibre commissioning and installation, and an integral part of best practices.
Automated, all-in-one solution to validate MPO/MTP® fiber optic links of any type, including MPO 12 and MPO 24 singlemode or multimode cables as well as APC or UPC and male or female connectors.
Test now or put your network at risk
Multifibre push-on (MPO) connectors are increasingly popular because they provide many advantages to high-speed network operators, owners and installation companies. They are used to connect the fastest links that deliver the most sensitive of services and data to customers, enable high-speed interconnects and create redundancy.
Increasingly, telcos are also reconfiguring their central offices into data centers (CORDs) and deploying MPO cables with 12, but more and more, 24 fibers. When not properly tested, multifiber links can put the entire health of a network at risk. Without proper validation, CORD operators may end up having to pull the plug on critical lines at the same time for troubleshooting.
Traditional methods fall short
Traditional multifiber testing solutions often fall short on design or price, can’t perform all three critical tests or don’t offer analysis and reporting capabilities. Customers are left choosing between solutions that are either too much for what they really need (and too expensive) or sorely lacking in features and fit. What's more, they often have to buy different units to get the job done.
To avoid downtime, techs need simple, easy-to-use tools—and a clear, reliable method—to get essential testing required done quickly and accurately.
One solution, three essential MPO tests
The ConnectorMax MPO Link Test Solution takes the three essential tests needed to validate MPO links—polarity, continuity and connector cleanliness—and combines them into one automated solution. It pairs a light source at one end of the cable with a fiber inspection probe for analysis at the other end—a first in the industry. The solution brings together the ConnectorMax Multifiber Source with the ConnectorMax Fiber Inspection Probe to deliver a quick and easy-to-use solution that validates the polarity type, continuity and connector cleanliness of MPO fiber optic links. It provides a fit for purpose solution that helps our customers test and turn up networks right the first time—making deployments faster, more efficient and cost effective.
As many customers already own an EXFO probe, this solution is highly economical. Not only do field technicians already benefit from the best MPO inspection tool on the market that eradicates the number one cause of network failures (contaminated connectors), it now enables them to check polarity and continuity, in just about the same time as inspection alone.
Results are loaded in the ConnectorMax Analysis Software, an app for mobile devices providing clear pass/fail status and reporting functions, making it easy for technicians to perform and view the results of all three of these tests on the spot.
Validate polarity, continuity and connector cleanliness
During installation, MPO connectors must be properly aligned and mated—not as simple as it sounds. Ensuring accurate polarity for MPO fiber array cables is a big deal and can be complicated to manage due to multiple polarity schemes available for these connectors and polarity flipping during connecting and installation. Polarity validation is proving especially critical with the new MPO connectors that enable polarity reconfiguration in the field. Validating the polarity type would ensure that the signal path is the expected one and that the proper Tx will talk to the right Rx.
Confirming the continuity of a link ensures that there is no break and that light travels properly all the way to the end of the link under test. It’s a quick continuity test for cables that, when done at time of installation, can save a lot of time in potential troubleshooting later.
With the contaminated connectors being the number one cause of network failure, connector inspection is a priority. Bad connectors are the main cause of loss for cables and short links up to 5 km and the impact is even greater for MPO links where a single dirty or damaged connector can affect as many as 12 or 24 fibers.
Reduce OPEX Reduce OPEX
Save time: get a clear pass/fail diagnosis of the problem, whether it is polarity, continuity or connector cleanliness, using one test
Save time: get a complete report with a single click
Reduce CAPEX Reduce CAPEX
Stop wasting expensive MPO patch cords that are in perfect condition
Avoid spending money on overkill products that provide more information than required for the task
Invest in a single solution to perform all tests—no need for different testers to test different types of MPO cables
Accelerate and increase revenue Accelerate and increase revenue
With MPO links containing multiple fibers, turning down a link for troubleshooting can effect multiple clients and create customer churn. Using EXFO’s ConnectorMax solution will ensure links are valid and network downtime minimized.