Fiber optic testers inspect, splice, certify and troubleshoot fiber optic cabling and serve as essential tools for the maintenance of datacom networks. In a world dominated by fiber networks, ensuring fiber cables transmit light without loss is key to signal fidelity and demand for higher network speeds and wider bandwidths is ever-increasing.
Fiber optic cabling requires inspection and cleaning to guarantee the proper passage of light. Oil, dust and other contaminants may be deposited on fiber by a simple touch and distort the attenuation once a connection is made. Fiber inspection kits and optical power meters will verify the fiber is clean and ready to connect. For re-routing fiber connections to accommodate for wired network design changes, fusion splicers are necessary. A fusion splicer will split a fiber cable and then melt two cables together to allow for new fiber connections without sacrificing cabling or incurring light loss.
Once a new fiber cable infrastructure is installed, the cabling needs to be certified to IEEE, TIA/EIA and/or ISO/IEC standards depending on which applications the link is intended to run. Fiber optic cabling certification is divided into Tier 1 and Tier 2 testing. Tier 1 certification requires a fiber certifier, or optical loss test system (OLTS) to measure the absolute loss of the link as compared to standardized loss limits. Tier 2 testing focuses on troubleshooting and is performed with an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). OTDRs detect light reflected from bends or other inconsistencies in the fiber.
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