Fluke Networks adds SmartLoop bi-directional test capabilities to OptiFiber Pro OTDR

Fluke Networks has added its SmartLoop bi-directional testing technology to the OptiFiber Pro OTDR. The feature enables the OTDR to test two separate fiber links in both directions from one end in a single test.

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Fluke Networks has added its SmartLoop bi-directional testing technology to the OptiFiber Pro OTDR. The feature enables the optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) to test two separate fiber links in both directions from one end in a single test. OptiFiber Pro SmartLoop features Fluke Networks patent-pending algorithms to automatically test two fibers at one time while providing individual pass/fail analysis with bi-directional averaged results per TIA-568.3-D, says Fluke. The bi-directional capability can reduce the time required for testing fiber-optic network links by 50%, according to the company – perhaps more if one considers the travel time to the other end of the fiber that is no longer necessary. "Experts and standards bodies know that bi-directional averaging is the only accurate way to perform OTDR measurements," said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks. "Without it, there is a risk of false failures and wasting time troubleshooting problems that aren't there. But customers are reluctant to do it because of the time and complexity. The new SmartLoop technology makes it easy and fast to perform this crucial function. Now customers don't have to choose between doing it right and doing it fast." The SmartLoop bi-directional testing feature is shipping on the OptiFiber Pro OTDR. Those who already own OptiFiber Pro OTDRs can access a free upgrade on the Fluke Networks website. For related articles, visit the Test and Measurement Topic Center. For more information on test instruments and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer's Guide.
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