OptoTest Announces New OP960 Insertion Loss and Return Loss Meters, Now Faster and More Reliable Than Ever

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OptoTest has announced the launch of their new flagship OP960 Insertion Loss (IL) and Return Loss (RL) meters, the fastest in the industry, which were revealed during last week’s Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) virtual event.

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AN-147 Mechanical Shock Testing for Insertion Loss and Return Loss of Optical Connectors and Components

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AN-147 Mechanical Shock Testing for Insertion Loss and Return Loss of Optical Connectors and Components

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 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.

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Download eBook: Testing MTP®/MPO Assemblies

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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. 

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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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Video: CW RL Testing vs. Pulsed (OTDR) RL Testing – OP925 vs. OP940

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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.

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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: How to Test Optical Return Loss & Insertion Loss using OP940-CSW and OPL-CLX

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How to Test Optical Return Loss & Insertion Loss with OptoTest OP940-CSW

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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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