Fluke enhances OptiFiber Certifying OTDR

September 14, 2006 -- To increase fiber-optic testing capabilities in LAN/campus networks, the company has added new test modules and software to the OTDR platform, allowing for a more complete picture of the fiber plant.

September 14, 2006 -- Fluke Networks has introduced new test modules and software for its OptiFiber Certifying OTDR to increase versatility and convenience for OptiFiber users and to help ensure the performance of mission critical fiber links.

"With the new test modules and software enhancements, OptiFiber is even more powerful than before," contends Harley Lang, product manager at Fluke Networks. "Users can now test longer fiber links in campus networks as well as very short patch cords in data centers. At the same time, software improvements make some popular troubleshooting features more accessible and easier to use."

OptiFiber's new extended range singlemode module offers a 60-km range, shorter dead-zones, and increased dynamic range to support premises, campus, and metro fiber-optic network testing. The modules have a new end-cap design, which features removable, easy-to-clean OTDR ports and interchangeable power meter ports. A visual fault locator is also included for fast visual identification of fiber breaks or tight bends.

The new modules are available from Fluke Networks as options and in kits to provide OptiFiber owners with a range of test capabilities. A new line of accessories and kits, including hybrid launch fibers for easier use with a wider range of connector types, has also been added.

Additionally, software enhancements to the platform make real-time trace and optical return loss results easier to view in the field and save for later viewing and documentation purposes, says the company, while making its FiberInspector end-face analysis even easier to operate. Free software downloads are available to current OptiFiber owners via the Fluke Networks website.

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