How You Accurately Test Performance of Hybrid Cables Tutorial

Hybrid Cable diagram


Hybrid Cable – Simplex


Hybrid Cable Solution Sheet  SOL-001Rev.A

Fiber patch cables, also known as patch cord or jumper cables, are fiber optic cables that are terminated with connectors on both ends. When the connector types on each end are different, the cable is aptly dubbed a HYBRID CABLE. These hybrid cables can serve to link otherwise incompatible infrastructure in existing fiber systems, such as those found in networks or data centers. They can be used to connect newer racks to legacy hardware, in distribution hubs to branch lines from high density panels to the nodes they serve, or to connect between devices from different manufacturers.
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Bidirectional Fiber Testing on a Duplex-LC Cable

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Bidirectional Fiber Testing of LC Cable for Optical Insertion Loss and Return Loss

The OP940 and OP721 form the ideal bidirectional fiber testing 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 a Simplex Cable in OPL-MAX

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 Insertion Loss and Return Loss on APC Cables Using APC Reference Feature

In this video we demonstrate how to use the APC Reference feature on the OP940 front panel to test an APC to APC cable assembly.

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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OP940-SW Multichannel IL & RL Meter

The multichannel OP940 is an internally switched Insertion Loss and Return Loss meter designed for testing ribbon cables and multi-pin termini.

This unit incorporates the same features as the single channel OP940 models, including a color LCD screen, an optical reflectance scan mode, programmable PASS/FAIL for user-configurable test criteria, and On-screen context help. It measures RL quickly and accurately without the need for mandrel wrapping or the use of index matching gel.

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OptoTest’s New Insertion and Return Loss Meter — OP940

Introducing OptoTest’s OP940, an advanced Insertion and Return Loss meter with usability and customization in mind.

With a brand-new color LCD screen and redesigned user interface, the OP940 was designed to improve the customer’s experience without sacrificing any of the quality that OptoTest has become known for.

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