AFS launches DR-500 series compact OTDR for easy troubleshooting, maintenance of fiber-optic cabling systems

Sept. 27, 2011
DR-500 series compact OTDR is designed to offer high resolution with numerous wavelength and range options.

Fiber optic test equipment provider Advanced Fiber Solutions has launched its compact, portable DR-500 series Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

Weighing less than 1.6 pounds, the DR-500 is ideal for handheld use and pocket transportation. AFS says the new OTDR series will aid technicians and cabling contractors in troubleshooting fiber optic cabling systems; it is designed to offer high resolution with numerous wavelength and range options.

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According to AFS, the DR-500 series OTDR offers four different performance classes with a dynamic range of 23dB through 43dB. The unit supports both a manual mode for the expert user which enables parameter setup and an automatic mode for the less experienced user. It enables one touch auto run testing. The unit utilizes active sync for seamless USB connectivity with desktop software for advanced data analysis and storage capabilities.

"The OTDR will provide both the experienced and inexperienced technician with an easy-to-use installation tool for both maintenance and trouble shooting," says Garreth Conachy, Advanced Fiber Solutions President and CEO. "We have manufactured the product to be extremely rugged, in addition to ensuring it has a long battery life to enable technicians to continue testing up to eight hours."

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