Tablet-inspired OTDR has large touchscreen, icon-based GUI

EXFO says its MaxTester 700B simplifies and speeds up daily test routines, enabling faster builds of networks.

EXFO's MaxTester 700B OTDR series includes three models to cover frontline fiber testing from last mile to access to FTTH/PON.
EXFO's MaxTester 700B OTDR series includes three models to cover frontline fiber testing from last mile to access to FTTH/PON.

The new MaxTester 700B optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) series from EXFO is a tablet-inspired handheld tool that features automation and intelligence, the company says, that makes “frontline OTDR field testing faster and more accessible with unprecedented end-user experience.” EXFO says the OTDR series directly addresses rising challenges to deploy more fiber faster, with limited resources or training time.

“Inspired by today’s intuitive and high-performance tablet technologies, the automated and intelligent MaxTester OTDR series helps contractors and service providers build faster, more-reliable networks,” the company said when announcing the tester series. EXFO added that its “tablet-inspired design features a large, 7-inch outdoor-enhance touchscreen,” which it says is the largest screen on such a handheld device—“making it small enough to fit in one hand, yet large enough to provide clear, squint-free presentation of results.” It also features an icon-based GUI in what EXFO describes as a Windows-like environment “that can easily be mastered right from the outset.” The rechargeable battery lasts 12 hours.

The series comprises three models “to cover any front line fiber-test application, from last-mile to access to FTTH/PON,” EXFO said. “The MaxTester OTDRs replace EXFO’s AXS-100/110 OTDR series, in turn bringing an advanced iOLM application to the handheld market,” the company added. The iOLM OTDR-based application is powered by trademarked LinkAware technology, which EXFO explained “combines an intelligent and dynamic multipulse approach with multiple wavelengths—all in a unique single-link view that frees technicians from having to perform complex OTDR analysis.”

Etienne Gagnon, vice president of EXFO’s test and measurement division, said, “These solutions are a direct response to customer feedback, reflecting their need for compact, budget-friendly, powerful yet intuitive testing tools inspired by tablets and smartphones. Our new MaxTester 700B series combines our quality-designed OTDR with a unique form factor to provide unmatched user experience and make daily test routines more simple and efficient.”

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