New Micro OTDR from IDEAL Certifies LAN, Campus and WAN Fiber Networks

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. introduces a handheld Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) offering high measurement precision, fast data acquisition, ease-of-use and a variety of useful features.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. introduces a handheld Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) offering high measurement precision, fast data acquisition, ease-of-use and a variety of useful features.

The IDEAL 33-960 Micro OTDR is designed for the installation and troubleshooting of LAN, campus and WAN fiber networks where increasing bandwidths require more in-depth testing and certification. Its feature set - highlighted by precise measurement, a one-button 'Autotest' function, and short attenuation and Event Dead Zones - results in a unit that provides accurate characterization of connectors and splices, as well as fast and reliable fault location even on the shortest of network links. A Manual Mode enables users to define all test parameters. There is also a Real-Time mode for troubleshooting and identification of intermittent problems.

Multilingual PC software to manage traces and test data is included with the 33-960. The software's AUTO mode makes interpretation of traces straightforward, while its EXPERT mode allows more experienced users to evaluate test data using up to 4 markers for attenuation in dB and dB/km, optical return loss and reflection. With adjustable PASS/FAIL limits, the software gives a clear indication of the quality of links being tested. Test results can be exported in Bellcore™ format, making them compatible with worldwide OTDR standards. Test results can also be printed or stored as PDF files.

Two options are available on the 33-960: the 33-960-MB Certifying OTDR and Macro Bend Detector, and the 33-960-VP Video Inspection Probe.

The 33-960-MB option turns 33-960 OTDRs into full certifying instruments. A single summary screen delivers all key measurement values. Installations that specify "Tier-2" certification will find this option invaluable as it gives instant PASS/FAIL results for every link without having to resort to cumbersome manual evaluation of traces. It also benefits less experienced users by providing clear decision points on whether a link is good or bad. The 33-960-MB option includes a Macro Bend Detector, which was developed to help users pinpoint areas along a single mode fiber where the bend radius is too small. This feature is particularly useful when troubleshooting at splicing cassettes or patch cords where macro bends can cause excessive attenuation. Without this option, macro bends are very difficult to detect or are often confused with splices.

The 33-960-VP video inspection probe helps users document and troubleshoot fiber optic installations by providing visual inspection of connectors. Unlike optical microscopes, video probes offer 100% eyesight protection as well as the ability to store connector images on the OTDR for later download to a PC via the unit's USB port. Dirty connectors are one of the primary reasons for failures in fiber optic networks.

The 33-960 is immediately available in two models.

The 33-960-10 MM is a multimode OTDR for 850 nm and 1300 nm. It provides accurate measurements even on very short multimode links such as backbones. MSRP is $8,299.00. (U.S.)

The 33-960-30 Quad OTDR provides all the same features as the MM version above, however it also incorporates an additional test port for 1310 nm and 1550 nm making this OTDR the all-in-one solution for multimode and single mode test needs. MSRP is $10,930.00. (U.S.)

Each unit comes in a kit containing a rugged carrying case, software, rechargeable batteries and a wall charger. The units also come with interchangeable fiber adaptors with a wide variety of available configurations.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web,

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