FIBRE CABLE CERTIFIERS - FiberTEK III

  • Attenuation/insertion loss (dB) measurement
  • Multimode and single-mode options
  • Encircled Flux compliant (optional)
  • Built-in visible light source for troubleshooting
  • Full Tier 1 fibre certification
  • Complies with TIA/ISO/IEC

RRP ex VAT £3,245 to £6,550

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Overview

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FiberTEK III adapters are used with LanTEK III for fast and simple certification of high bandwidth single-mode and multimode fibre optic cabling including support for encircled flux testing (optional).

To pinpoint fibre cabling faults every FiberTEK III adapter includes a built-in visible light source to help you visually pinpoint faults and locate fibre ports.

FiberTEK III provides optical loss (dB) measurements meeting Tier 1 certification requirements.

Available in multi-mode (850/1300nm) and single mode (1310/1550nm) varieties.

Click here to view the LanTEK III cable certifier.

Click here to view the IDC data result management software.

Click here for the IDEAL AnyWARE app.

Features

Setup Wizard

Select field calibration (1-Jumper|3-Jumper) and measurement modes (Loopback|Normal), (Uni-Directional|Bi-Directional)

Auto-test

Perform auto-tests using the intuitive graphical interface to reduce mistakes and ensure accurate certification results.

Review Results

Tier 1 certification results display:

  • ISO/TIA/IEEE test standard
  • Pass/Fail result
  • dB loss of each fibre at each wavelength
  • dB loss in each direction (when testing bi-directionally)
  • Fibre link length
  • dB margin / headroom

Applications

The main applications for FiberTEK III is the testing of fibre optic MM and SM cabling in LAN and campus applications.  Its key feature is to measure attenuation and length of a fibre optic link. (also known as “Tier 1 Certification”). The test can be carried out during installation as well as during fault finding:

  • Certifying cable performance to ISO 11801 and TIA 568-C standards
  • Meet cabling specifications as required by engineers, designers and clients
  • Provide proof of good workmanship when the client does not require certification tests
  • Avoid call-backs by identifying faults while onsite
  • Convert warranty call-backs into chargeable service calls
  • Dispute resolution between network equipment/configuration versus cable installation

Installation of:

  • building backbone cabling (“secondary cabling”)
  • inter building cabling and campus cabling (primary cabling)
  • FTTD (Fibre To The Desk) cabling (“tertiary cabling”)
  • Cabling for building automation
  • Cabling for industrial automation
  • SAT cabling

 

Models

FiberTEK III-MM LED Kit

FiberTEK® III multimode (850/1300nm) kit with LED light sources for standard multimode fibre.

Compatible with all LanTEK II (planned availability Q2/16) and LanTEK III models.

Kit Contents

Includes two multimode FiberTEK III modules, lockable semi-rigid carrying case, SC, FC, ST adapters for modules (2 ea.), SC-SC patch cords, 6 x 50μm MMF compliant to ISO/IEC 14763-3 standard, quick reference guide.

Product Number:

R164005

RRP ex VAT £3,245

FiberTEK III-SM Laser Kit

FiberTEK III single mode (1310/1550nm) kit with laser light sources for single mode fibre.

Compatible with all LanTEK II (planned availability Q2/16) and LanTEK III models.

Kit Content

Includes two single-mode FiberTEK III modules, lockable semi-rigid carrying case, SC, FC, ST adapters for modules (2 ea.), SC-SC patch cords, 6 x 9μm SMF compliant to ISO/IEC 14763-3 standard, quick reference guide.

Product Number:

R164006

RRP ex VAT £3,725

FiberTEK III-MM LED & SM Laser Kit

FiberTEK III combination MM/SM kit with LED MM sources and laser SM sources.

Compatible with all LanTEK II (planned availability Q2/16) and LanTEK III models.

Kit Content

Includes two multimode FiberTEK III modules, two single-mode FiberTEK III modules, lockable semi-rigid carrying case, SC, FC, ST adapters for modules (2 ea.), SC-SC patch cords, 6 x 9μm SMF, 6 x 50μm MMF compliant to ISO/IEC 14763-3 standard, quick reference guide.

Product Number:

R164007

RRP ex VAT £6,550 (saving of £420.00)

Accessories

R164050

FiberTEK III - Encircled Flux 50/125µm cable SC - SC

RRP ex VAT £588

R164051

FiberTEK III - Encircled Flux 50/125µm cable SC - LC

RRP ex VAT £588

R164053

Description

FT III-Cable Kit SC/PC MM 50/125um

Kit contents

6 x 50/125um SC - SC Cable, 4 x SC - SC Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164054

Description

FT III-Cable Kit FC/PC MM 50/125um

Kit contents

6 x 50/125um FC/PC - FC-PC Cable, 4 x FC/PC - FC/PC Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164055

Description

FT III-Cable Kit ST/PC MM 50/125um

Kit contents

6 x 50/125um ST - ST Cable, 4 x ST - ST Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164056

Description

FT III-LC 50/125um F/Optic Cables and Couplers

Kit contents

6 x 50/125um LC - LC Cable, 2 x LC - LC Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164057

Description

FT III-Cable Kit SC/PC SM 9/125um

Kit contents

6 x 9/125um SC - SC Cable, 4 x SC - SC Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164058

Description

FT III-Cable Kit FC/PC SM 9/125um

Kit contents

6 x 9/125um FC/PC - FC/PC Cable, 4 x FC/PC - FC/PC Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164059

Description

FT III-LC 9/125um F/Optic Cables and Couplers

Kit contents

6 x 9/125um LC - LC Cable, 4 x LC - LC Double Coupler, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £100

R164060

FiberTEK III set of SC, FC and ST screw-on adapters

RRP ex VAT £29

R164061

Description

FT III-Cable and adapter kit LC MM 50/125µm

Kit contents

6 x 50/125um LC - LC Cable, 2 x 50/125um LC - SC Cable, 4 x LC - LC Coupler, 2 X LC Receiver Adapter Photodiode with Boot, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £495

R164062

Description

FT III-Cable and adapter kit LC SM 9/125µm

Kit contents

6 x 9/125um LC - LC Cable, 2 x 9/125um LC - SC Cable, 4 x LC - LC Coupler, 2 X LC Receiver Adapter Photodiode with Boot, 1 x Pouch

RRP ex VAT £495

R164063

FiberTEK III Carrying Case (Single)

RRP ex VAT £137

R164064

Description

FT III-LC Rx adapter for MM and SM , 1 adapter

Kit contents

1 x LC Receiver Adapter with Boot

RRP ex VAT £320

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FAQ

Q: What is the difference between single-mode and multimode fibre?

A: Multimode fibre has a larger light carrying core of 50 or 62.5 microns compared to 9 microns for single-mode fibre. The larger core of multimode fibre captures more light than single-mode fibre allowing the use of low power LED light sources. The maximum bandwidth of multimode fibre is inversely proportional to length, i.e., doubling the length of a multimode cable reduces it’s bandwidth capacity by half. Multimode fibre is typically limited to lengths of 2,000 meters (6,560 ft). 

Single-mode fibre requires the use of higher power and more costly laser light sources but does not sacrifice bandwidth for distance. Single-mode fiber can be used at lengths of up to 40,000 meters (131,200 ft) while supporting 10 Gb/s data rates. 

Q: Which LanTEK III models support fibre testing ?

A: Both LanTEK III-500 and LanTEK III-1000 support FiberTEK III

Q: Will LanTEK II support FiberTEK III

A: Yes

Q: Will LanTEK III support FiberTEK II ?

A: No

Q: Can I measure MPO connectors with FiberTEK III

A: Not directly. Due to the still not very high repeatability when disconnecting and connecting MPO connectors, IDEAL still recommends to use so called fan-out cables from MPO to SC or LC

Q: Can I measure LC links with FiberTEK III

A: Yes, there are optional adapters available

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.