Another OFC has come to a close. We greatly missed seeing our friends and customers in person this year, but this was a big show for us nonetheless.
Shock monitoring allows us to evaluate the performance and connectivity of a mated pair of optical connectors through shock events. Many solutions require an optical power meter with an analog output (optical-to-electrical converter) and a sampling device, such as an oscilloscope, to digitally capture and analyze the transient signal. Such solutions require calibration practices to ensure the sampling device and analog signal accurately represent the optical signal levels. The OP740 and supporting software combines this functionality into an all-in-one solution with no need for an external capturing device or excessive focus on calibration.
MTP®/MPO connectors and patchcords are prevalent in fiber networks and their quantities continue to grow as demand for greater capacity and efficiency increases. These multifiber connectors present unique challenges when it comes to assessing their quality and performance. OptoTest is proud to present this complete guide to MTP®/MPO testing. In this guide, you will learn all there is to know about the different test methods, equipment options, troubleshooting, and best maintenance practices to ensure that you have the best testing experience.
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.
With the introduction of the OP925 Continuous Wave RL and IL meter, you may be wondering what the difference is between this and the OP940. This video provides an overview of the different Return Loss test methods used by these systems: Continuous Wave Return Loss and Pulsed (OTDR) Return Loss. Explore the similarities and differences of these test methods and the systems that use them to help determine the solution that best fits your needs.
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.
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.
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.
How to Test Optical Return Loss & Insertion Loss with OptoTest OP940-CSW
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.