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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 Polarity-type validation 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. Continuity confirmation 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. Connector inspection 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. Solution benefits 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.
Automated and fumble-free Automatically inspect multifiber connectors without the hassle of manipulating scanning knobs. Right the first time No repeats, no missed fibers, no confusion. View and validate all fibers on the first try. Find dirty connectors—fast Chances are that at least one of your multifiber connectors is dirty. Inspect quickly and easily using a tool specifically designed for accessing dense panels and minimizing inspection time. No more excuses for blind connections!
The FLS-140 is the easiest way to identify optical fibres from end to end and locate polished connector endfaces. Its red laser shines through most yellow-jacketed optical fibres to help you pinpoint breaks, bends, faulty connectors, splices and other causes of signal loss. It has a reach of up to 5 km.
One software does it all FastReporter equips you with the right post-processing functionalities to overcome the challenges of analyzing fiber-optic test and measurement data, whatever the application. Designed for off-line or live analysis of field-acquired data, FastReporter has a highly intuitive interface for ease of use. With a single software to manage data and generate reports for all your optical-layer test applications, you are on the right path towards high efficiency and productivity. That’s not all. FastReporter is now included in EXFO’s TestFlow–an innovative cloud-based field test management solution. You can now benefit from faster job completion thanks to the automated diagnosis of measurements and batch results analysis.
What it does, how it works iOLM is an innovative OTDR-based application that uses multipulse acquisitions and advanced algorithms to deliver information on every element in the link with the following advantages: Provides one-touch, automatic analysis and clear link view display Minimizes training and avoids misconfiguration via automatic parameter settings and clear go/no-go results Turns complex OTDR information into simple and accurate analysis via Link-Aware™ technology Identifies each event on the network and obtains straightforward fiber link status via Optical Link View Provides prompt diagnosis enabling network issues to be fixed quickly and efficiently Generates OTDR trace files (.sor) Dynamic multipulse acquisition Adjusts test parameters dynamically for ANY link under test using a mix of short, medium and long pulses. Intelligent trace analysis Based on the multiple acquisitions and with the help of advanced algorithms, iOLM can detect more events with maximum resolution. All results in a single view Results are displayed in an icon-based fiber-link view to quickly assess an event's pass/fail status per standard selected, removing risk of misinterpretation. Comprehensive diagnosis Delivers an analysis of failed events and suggests solutions; guides the technicians in fixing the fault quickly and successfully.
The iOLM is designed to simplify OTDR testing by eliminating the need to configure parameters, and/or analyse and interpret multiple complex OTDR traces. Its advanced algorithms dynamically define the testing parameters, as well as the number of acquisitions that best fit the network under test. By correlating multipulse widths on multiple wavelengths, the iOLM locates and identifies faults with maximum resolution-all at the push of a single button.GO BEYOND OTDR TESTINGInnovation is front and centre at EXFO, and the intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) is a prime example of a game-changing solution.
Cut hidden costs to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) Hidden costs throughout a product’s life make up a massive, yet sometimes overlooked, part of TCO. And it includes more than just the initial purchase price. Optical Xplorer’s lifetime calibration, patent-pending Click-Out™ optical connector and field replaceable battery empower field techs to do more directly from the field, cutting costly downtime and logistics associated with factory-based updates, maintenance and repairs.
› Truly scalable from one stand-alone unit to a centrally managed system, without the hassle of any upgrades › Adaptive technology that sets the best possible fault detection thresholds while reducing false positives; requires no OTDR experience or previous knowledge of the fiber under test › Add test ports without adding rack space › System is compliant with NEBSTM for 24/7 permanent installations › Fiber can be put on surveillance with just two clicks, upon commissioning or after repair › System remote diagnosis and management, as found in server equipment (BMC) › High OTDR performance throughout all operation ranges, as opposed to just the longest pulse width Self-Learning, Plug-and-Play Unit Fiber Guardian is a plug-and-play solution that is simple enough for beginners, yet powerful and flexible enough for experts. The unit does not require any additional infrastructure, i.e., no server or external PC—just a LAN/WAN connection and a web browser for remote access. If you have limited knowledge of the fault-detection thresholds required for a new fiber, simply select the appropriate sensitivity level desired—fine, normal or coarse—and Fiber Guardian will take care of the rest. A diagnostic process with adaptive learning algorithms optimally determines where your selected level of fault-detection thresholds can and cannot be applied on the trace. If you own a competing solution and are tired of it producing alarms for no reason, or annoyed by its lengthy and fully manual event-by- event threshold-setting process, Fiber Guardian is for you.