FiberTEK FDX Modules transform IDEAL LanTEK II Certifiers into OTDR alternatives

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- Ideal Industries Inc. has introduced its FiberTEK FDX Fiber Optic Modules designed to extend the capabilities of the company's LanTEK II LAN Cable Certifiers from certifying copper cabling links to the certification of multimode and singlemode fiber-optic cabling to Tier 1 standards.

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NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- Ideal Industries Inc. has introduced its FiberTEK FDX Fiber Optic Modules designed to extend the capabilities of the company's LanTEK II LAN Cable Certifiers from certifying copper cabling links to the certification of multimode and singlemode fiber-optic cabling to Tier 1 standards.

Fitting into the unit's adapter bay, the optional modules are designed to transform the LanTEK II into a cost-effective alternative to traditional OTDRs for certifying or troubleshooting fiber backbones and fiber links. Field-changeable SC, ST, and FC adapters eliminate the need for hybrid launch cables.

Three FiberTEK FDX modules are available:

  1. multimode LED for certification of conventional multimode fiber-optic cabling at 850 and 1300 nm (no mandrels required)
  2. multimode VSCEL/laser modules for certification of laser-optimized multimode fiber at 850 and 1300 nm
  3. a singlemode version with laser sources for certification at 1310 and 1550 nm.


The full-duplex capability of FiberTEK FDX modules makes fiber certification fast, accurate, and easy, the company asserts. A single strand of fiber connected between handsets is tested at two wavelengths and in both directions simultaneously, while the length of the fiber is accurately measured.

This task previously required the technician to swap test instruments or connectors, explained Dan Payerle, business unit manager for IDEAL. "Never before has it been possible to measure a single strand of fiber and report its true length and all four insertion loss tests without juggling tools. The modules eliminate time-consuming and expensive steps from this process to make every job faster and ultimately more profitable for the contractor," he added.

The FiberTEK FDX modules come with a hard-sided carrying case.

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