Video: Testing Bidirectional Insertion Loss and Return Loss on a Simplex DUT

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Bidirectional testing is an effective way to test connector-level return loss (RL) and throughput insertion loss (IL) for a variety of different DUTs. In this video, our CTO Chris Heisler walks through the process of referencing and performing a bidi test on a simplex DUT using OPL-CLX. Learn how this new software suite enhances the test process by simplifying how the operator captures results and creates labels for the finished product.

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OP925 Continuous Wave Return Loss and Insertion Loss Meter – Product Overview Video

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Meet the newest member of the Insertion Loss and Return Loss meter product line, the OP925 . In this video, learn more about the continuous wave return loss and insertion loss measurements performed by this compact, low cost test solution.

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Video: Testing Total Insertion Loss & Total Return Loss with the OP925

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In this video, a receive cable is used to perform throughput insertion loss (IL) and return loss (RL) testing with the OP925 Continuous Wave RL and IL meter.
Next we’re going to look at testing the total IL and total RL of the DUT using the OP925.

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Video: Testing Insertion Loss & Return Loss with the OP925

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To test insertion loss and return loss with the OP925 first power the instrument on. You’ll need a reference cord with a connector that’s similar to your DUT, also a matching block to terminate the end of the DUT.

Initially, the instrument starts up in OPM mode. To do dual wavelength measurements is usually easier just to cycle over to the dual wavelength IL and what we’re going to do is we’re going to perform a reference, and right now the instrument is referenced for IL.

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Video: Reference and Test Insertion Loss and Return Loss using the OP940-CSW and OPL-CLX

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We are going to run through a full reference and test sequence with the OP940-CSW and OPL-CLX.

We’re going to start by connecting up our reference cable, which historically with the rack mount 12 or 24 channel OP940 would require a fanout cable. But now with this in the compact size, we just have a straight MTP/MPO connector on the inside here and we’re going to mate a 12 fiber MPO to MPO cable straight to the front panel.

Lift the flap here and just connect that right up. And we’ll leave it there for now while we launch CLX.

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Bidirectional IL/RL Test on a Duplex-LC Cable

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The OP940 and OP721 form the ideal test system for multichannel bidirectional insertion loss and return loss testing. The increased demand for more efficient IL and RL testing on multifiber cables, such as duplex LCs, MTP cables, and MTP fanout cables has led to an increased interest in this type of measurement. Additionally, this type of test is ideal for cables that require a two or three cable reference method, such as harsh environment connectors like 38999 and other Neutrik’s OpticalCON. In this video, we demonstrate how to perform this test on a duplex LC cable in OPL-Max.

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Testing Insertion Loss and Return Loss of an MTP/MPO Cable in OPL-MAX

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In this video we will go through the process of testing insertion loss and return loss of an MTP cable in OPL-MAX. We will review both the cable and software setup for the standard test configuration, as well as the test process.

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Testing Insertion Loss and Return Loss of a Simplex Cable in OPL-MAX

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In this video we will go through the process of testing insertion loss and return loss of a simplex cable in OPL-Max. This standard setup allows us to explore the features and functions of OPL-Max that operators are likely to encounter day to day.

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Testing an APC to APC Cable Assembly Using a Reference Reflector Cable

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In this video we demonstrate how to test an APC to APC cable assembly using a Reference Reflector Cable.

To reference Insertion Loss, connect the reference cable to the source port and detector and select “IL Ref” and then “Start IL Ref”.

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