Fibre visualiser for network installation and maintenance

November 06, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
New functions added to Anritsu's MT9090A Network Master µOTDR Module enables a higher level of analysis of fibre characteristics in the filed.

Fiber Visualizer for the MT9090A Network Master platform creates a field test solution that simplifies conducting highly accurate measurements of fibre cables, connections, and splices when installing or maintaining high-speed, FTTH, CATV, Access, Mobile Backhaul, FTTA, DAS and Metro networks. Fiber Visualizer, which allows field technicians of any skill level to have access to the most advanced testing capabilities, makes fibre testing easier and faster by automatically selecting the correct testing parameters, analysing the data, and providing a clear PASS/FAIL summary of the results. The company says this will change the way OTDR testing is performed and results are documented: technicians and contractors from non-optical backgrounds who now work in areas such as DAS or FTTA will achieve complete and accurate results.

Fiber Visualizer provides a step-though process for optical fibre testing, including parameter selection, trace acquisition, event analysis, PASS/FAIL acceptance, and report generation. A graphical summary of the entire fibre is presented when testing is complete to provide users with a new level of visibility into the fibre span. A dedicated button allows users to quickly toggle between the icon-based graphical summary and the OTDR trace, while a comprehensive customised PDF report of the results is also generated.

The MT9090A Network Master has short dead zones of less than 1 metre and a dynamic range of up to 38 dB. It also features multi-wavelength (1310 nm/1550 nm; filtered 1650 nm or 1625 nm) testing with Macro Bend detection and connector inspection, all in a battery-operated design that measures 19 x 9.6 x 4.8 cm and weighs 700g. Fiber Visualizer is standard on new MT9090A Network Master µOTDR models. Existing users can upgrade their MT9090A units free of charge. Fiber Visualizer is also available on the Anritsu MT9083x2 ACCESS Master OTDR.