OTDR II TESTER
- Tablet-inspired design
- 7-inch, outdoor-enhanced touchscreen
- Dynamic range of up to 36 dB in SM and 29 dB in MM
- iOLM: Turns complicated graphs into easy to read diagrams
- Pass/fail status for each event
The OTDR II is the first tablet inspired OTDR that is handy, lightweight and rugged enough for any environment.
With a 7-inch outdoor enhanced touchscreen, the most efficient hand held display in the industry, it delivers an unprecedented user experience. Its intuitive user interface including onboard manual ensures a fast learning curve. Plus, its new and improved OTDR platform offers icon-based functions, instant boot-up, automatic macrobend finders as well as improved auto and real-time modes.
- iOLM (Intelligent Optical Link Mapper) - automatic configuration and multiple measurements on the same link provides the best possible measurements regardless of fibre configuration
- Onboard PDF reporting
- Macro bend detection
- Short attenuation dead zone: MM: 2.5 m/SM: 3 m and event dead zone: MM: 0.5 m/SM: 0.7 m for accurate location and characterisation of events
- Quad wavelength (850/1300/1310/1550) for both multimode and single-mode testing
- Each fibre may be tested at two wavelengths in a single Autotest
- Provides results in only a few seconds
- Interchangeable fibre adapters with a wide variety of available configurations
- Transfer test results to PC via USB flash drives or USB cable
- Optional video inspection micro scope to check connectors for cleanliness or damage
- Provides simple PASS/FAIL results and macro bend detection in single-mode fibres that helps users identify bends or kinks in the cable, saving time during installation and troubleshooting
- Small size for one handed operation
- Rubber over-mould for enhanced drop protection
- 1 lithium-ion battery provides up to 12 hours operation
- Warranty is 1 year and we recommend an annual calibration
- Rugged carrying case for field use
The handheld OTDR... reinvented.
The OTDR II is finally bringing the iOLM, an intelligent OTDR-based application, to the handheld market. This advanced software turns even the most complex trace analysis into a simple, one-touch task. The iOLM feature removes the need for analysis of complicated OTDR traces.
However, the traces are available on the reports and PC software if required. For traditional OTDR users an OTDR II trace option is available to view and analyse traces on the tester.
The amazing 12-hour battery life will never let a technician down, and the plug-and-play hardware options, like the power meter and the USB video probe, make every technician’s job easier. Unlike traditional OTDR’s, OTDR II does not require specific launch cords which makes testing more cost effective and user-friendly.
The entry-level solution designed for all your testing needs
The OTDR II/iOLM features a dynamic range of 36 dB in single-mode and 29 dB in multimode, as well as industry-leading dead zones. This ensures efficient testing of closely spaced events such as patchcords in data centres, or patch panels in central offices (COs). The OTDR II is optimised for point-to-point testing of any access network, and is suitable for testing through 1x32 splitters.
Get the best out of your data post-processing
The FastReporter2 basic software included as standard allows users to create typical results of single measurements. The optional full license FastReporter2 is the perfect complement to your OTDR II, and can be used to combine multiple test results of the OTDR II and fibre probe into detailed PDF documentation.
Designed for off-line analysis, FastReporter2 offers reliable data and report management in a user-friendly environment. A 30-day trial version of the full license FastReporter2 is included.
Alternatively you can use the onboard reporting tool to create comprehensive PDF documentation.
For further details of the difference between the FastReporter2 basic software and the full licence of FastReporter2 software, please see chart below.
iOLM – removing the complexity from OTDR testing
In response to these challenges, IDEAL Networks are providing a better way to test fibre optics:
The intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) turns complicated graphs into an easy to read diagram displaying all events along the link with pass/fail status for each event. The iOLM is an OTDR-based application designed to simplify OTDR testing by eliminating the need to configure parameters, and/or analyse and interpret multiple complex OTDR traces. Its advanced algorithms dynamically define the testing parameters, as well as the number of acquisitions that best fit the network under test. By correlating multipulse widths on multiple wavelengths, the iOLM locates and identifies faults with maximum resolution – all at the push of a single button.
Visual Fault Locator (VFL)
The plug-and-play VFL easily identifies breaks, bends, faulty connectors and splices, in addition to other causes of signal loss. This basic, yet essential troubleshooting tool should be part of every field technician’s toolbox and comes with the standard unit. The VFL visually locates and detects faults over distances of up to 5 km by creating a brightred glow at the exact location of the fault on single-mode or multimode fibres.
Optical Power Meter and VFL option
A high-level power meter (GeX) that can measure up to 27 dBm, the highest in the industry. This is essential for hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) networks or high-power signals. If used with an auto-lambda/auto-switching compatible light source, the power meter automatically synchronises on the same wavelength, thus avoiding any risk of mismatched measurement.
Installation is quick and easy, and can be performed by the user without the need for any software update. Simply exchange the VFL board with the new optical power meter and VFL board.
- Seven standard calibrated wavelengths
Fibre connector inspection and certification
– the essential first step before any OTDR testing
Taking the time to properly inspect a fibre-optic connector using an IDEAL Networks fibre inspection probe can prevent a host of issues from arising further down the line, thus saving you time, money and trouble.
Did you know that the connector of your OTDR II/iOLM is also critical?
The presence of a dirty connector at an OTDR port or launch cable can negatively impact your test results, and even cause permanent damage during mating. Therefore, it is critical to regularly inspect these connectors to ensure that they are free of any contamination. Making inspection the first step of your OTDR best practices will maximise the performances of your OTDR and your efficiency.
FastReporter2 Software Comparison Chart between basic version (comes as standard) and optional full software license (30-day trial):
- Tier-2 certification of fibre optic networks that require specific testing to ISO/IEC and TIA international standards
- Troubleshooting and fault finding of fibre optic links
- Access network construction and troubleshooting
- Central-office (CO) link certification
- Data centre and enterprise networks
- LAN/WAN characterisation
Q: What is iOLM?
A: The intelligent Optical Link Mapper translates an difficult to read OTDR plot into a very easy to understand map of the link under test
Q: Why do I need a high spec OTDR if I only want to test short links like they appear in a backbone or data centre?
A: The challenge is that connectors and other events like splices typically are very close to each other - especially when it comes to short links. In order to be able to see and pass/fail all events properly, you need an OTDR with excellent performance in dead zones as well as a high dynamic range. The OTDR II can accurately detect events that are 0.8m away from each other
Q: But… Your OTDR is quite expensive?
A: True, it is not the cheapest tester on the market. There are devices on the market that claim to be an OTDR which are by far cheaper then our device. However, those devices do not have not the measurement capabilities to measure in LAN / Campus environments. The challenge in LAN / campus is the combination of very short links with a high number of connectors and splices. Lower grade OTDRs do not have the necessary short pulse width to show enough resolution and give enough accuracy to “see” all events individually
Q: But.. Your OTDR is no real OTDR since it does not offer plots?
A: The OTDR II is indeed a highly accurate OTDR. iOLM (intelegent optical link mapper) takes OTDRs to a completely new level of OTDR measurements since it completely removes the usual guess work to try and interpret an OTDR plot. The iOLM gives accurate results for all events within a fibre optic link. If you still want to see the classical OTDR plot, the plots are available in the printed reports of the device or in the PC software or in the OTDR II trace option SOFT230OTDR
Q: Which products from IDEAL Networks test Tier-1 / Tier-2 ?
A: The OC I and FiberTEK III test Tier-1. The OTDR II tests Tier-2.
Q: Do you need to do both Tier 1 (OLTS testing) and Tier 2 (OTDR testing) to complete a Tier 2 certification ?
A: Tier-2 certification is a supplement to Tier-1 certification meaning both an attenuation measurement with a power meter/light source (OLTS) and an OTDR measurement are required. It is for this reason many OTDRs have options for an integrated power meter. With the power meter built in to the OTDR, both measurements can be stored on a single instrument to simply reporting.
Q: When testing 2 fibres with an OLTS, can the fibres be looped at the far end so one person can test both fibres with a single tester or does each fibre need to me measured individually?
A: Looping the fibre is not a recognised method of OLTS testing because if the loss is too high you cannot know which fibre has a problem. When someone has an OTDR w/power meter the assumption is a stand-alone light source will be used at the opposite end of the cable to test each fibre individually. Having the OTDR w/ power meter is more convenient because the results for both Tier 1 and 2 tests can be stored on the same piece of test equipment.
Q: Is bi-directional testing required for OLTS & OTDR testing ?
A: Standards do not require bi-directional testing.
For multimode fibre they require testing at 1 wavelength. 2 wavelength testing is optional.
For single-mode fibre 2 wavelength testing is highly recommended for two reasons:
First – single-mode cables can be long enough that the total attenuation can be very different at each wavelength because attenuation from bends in the cable depend on the wavelength.
Second and more importantly - 2 wavelength testing can identify a bend vs a splice. Attenuation for a bend is different depending on the wavelength, but attenuation from a splice should be very similar at both wavelengths. The OTDR software assumes an event with similar loss at both wavelengths is a splice and an event with different loss values is a bend. This is the only way it can correctly identify a splice vs a bend.
Bi-directional testing is useful for identifying mismatched fibre types. The loss with an OLTS or OTDR should be the same in each direction. However, if different types of fibre are connected together such as 50 & 62.5um multimode or single-mode fibre with different NA values (numerical aperture) the loss will be different in one direction vs the other.
With an OLTS you see only the total loss, but a difference in measurements indicates there is a mismatch of sorts.
An OTDR will show the location of the mismatch. A splice measured in one direction may show +0.5dB (gain) and in the other direction may show -0.3dB. When added together the result is -0.2dB which is the actual value of the splice.
Standards do not require bi-directional testing. It is purely optional and used to identify issues like those mentioned above.
Q: Does Tier-1 testing require polarity and length measurements ?
A: There is no requirement to identify the polarity of the fibres, but this is a good reason for bi-directional testing. If the fibres are tested in both directions polarity does not matter. The cables are supposed to be installed so that the TX/RX is reversed but this is a documentation issue more than testing.
The requirement to measure length depends on the standard being tested. TIA/ISO limit the length for horizontal fibre runs to 90m just like copper cable, so it is required to test length. TIA/ISO also have specifications for cable attenuation per km. For example multimode 850 must be 3.5dB/km or less - this is for the fibre only, not including connectors. Obviously to perform the calculation the cable length must be measured. This is difficult with an OLTS because it does not know how many connectors are in the link and are affecting the total loss. Practically speaking, an OTDR is the only way to do this measurement accurately.
Some application standards like IEEE 10GBase-SX (10Gbps @ 850nm) only have a specification for maximum loss, not length. So as long as the loss is under the limit, cable length does not matter. There are big differences when testing TIA/ISO vs IEEE.
TIA/ISO standards are written without reference to a specific application and are intended to provide installation guidelines for a generic cabling system that supports many different applications.
IEEE test limits apply to each application and allow a user to ensure that a specific application will run on the cabling being tested. Cabling installers rarely know what application the network owners plan to use which is why installers test to TIA/ISO generic cabling standards. Most IEEE standards specify minimum cable distances for multimode fibre for the different grades: OM2, OM3, OM4 and OM5. This only means the bandwidth specified by the fibre grade is available to at least the minimum distance. It is not a distance limit and the bandwidth may be available at further distances for fibre that exceeds the minimum bandwidth ratings.
Q: What is the warranty for the OTDR II ?
A: The warranty is 1 year.
Q: Does the OTDR II require calibration ?
A: We recommend an annual calibration.