VeEX optical channel checker tests for xWDM, PON, Fiber Deep, 5G

Feb. 28, 2022
“The FX182 eliminates the need to carry two different test sets, allowing for easy maneuvering between the central office, nodes/mux or customer sites," explained Monica Hua, product marketing engineer at VeEX.

VeEX Inc. (Fremont, CA) a provider of network test and measurement equipment, recently introduced the general availability of its FX182 Optical Channel Checker (OCC).

Billed as a compact means of measuring both CWDM and DWDM transmissions in 5G networks and Fiber Deep deployments, the FX182 is designed to minimize cross-contamination that may occur when swapping between test sets.

“The FX182 is the newest addition to our OCC product family that eliminates the need to carry two different test sets, allowing for easy maneuvering between the central office, nodes/mux or customer sites," explained Monica Hua, product marketing engineer at VeEX.

As fiber is deployed closer to the edge, VeEX says its flexible and adaptable FX182 provides easier fiber testing whether for xWDM, PON, Fiber Deep or 5G networks.

Via the FX182, effortless hybrid xWDM network testing is achieved by displaying both CWDM/DWDM channels on a single viewing screen.

The unit's future-proof design also includes the ability to test the DWDM L-band, making it an ideal solution for the installation and maintenance of multi-channel network testing.

A summary of FX182 key features, per VeEX, includes:

  • Testing for DWDM 100 GHz ITU-T G.694.1 C and L-Bands (1520 nm to 1610 nm).
  • Testing for CWDM ITU-T G.694.2 from 1271 to 1611 nm (20 nm spacing).
  • 5G optical channel plans
  • Supported measurement range -50 to +15 dBm
  • A next-gen user interface with larger buttons and fonts
  • 3 viewing modes: tiles, bar graph and table view (includes a full summary screen).

VeEX's Hua added, "The FX182 is designed to simplify single/multi-channel testing for signals between 186.09 THz to 235.87 THz and offers diverse application testing through user defined profiles. Pre-defined application test profiles are available for xWDM/PON networks, 5G optical channel plans, multi-wavelength transceivers such as LR4/LR8, or users can customize their own profiles.” 

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