Measurement instruments for fibre optic networks

To ensure the reliability of a fibre optic network, it is difficult to under-estimate the importance of the quality of installation. Therefore, only high-quality instruments from a reliable partner should be used to measure the fibres and the network equipment.

Astrec Baltic offers measurement instruments by the following top manufacturers:: Viavi Solutions, Noyes and Fujikura. The wide range of products covers almost all measurement needs one runs into. As a long term partner of these manufacturers, Astrec Baltic takes care of the after sales support and calibration, as well as gives a hand in the process of choosing the right product.

Fibre identification, loss testing, connector inspection

We offer a number of handheld and bench-top solutions to ensure the cleanliness of a fibre optic connector. These instruments support a very wide range of connector tips.

HP3 Test system – The HP3 Series system integrates the most essential fibre tools into a single solution that cuts test time in half and delivers better network performance. It inspects fibre end faces and accurately tests and measures optical power in one device.

FiberChekProbe – With built-in capabilities for image viewing, auto-focus, Pass/Fail analysis, storing/recalling results, the FiberChek Probe completely automates inspection workflows to ensure fast and accurate performance. Whether used as on its own or connected (WiFi, USB) to other devices, the FiberChek Probe is the essential fibre tool for every technician.

P5000i – This top selling USB microscope has been designed to provide connector inspection capability to PC, laptops, mobile devices and Viavi test solutions. Wifi capability. Manual focus.

Our product portfolio comprises different types of light sources for measuring optical networks. These quality products offer a number of different adapters and lambdas for single- and multimode as well as PON networks. Quad versions for SM/MM testing are also available.

CSS1-SM – AFL/Noyes CSM (contractor series) optical light sources are light-weight and easy- to-use, which makes them a perfect tool for field measurements. CSS1-SM is a singlemode source with 1310 nm and 1550 nm measurement capability.

CSS1-MM – AFL/Noyes CSM (contractor series) optical light sources are light-weight and easy- to-use, which makes them a perfect tool for field measurements. CSS1-MM is a multimode source with 850 nm and 1300 nm measurement capability.

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VFL-250 – Visual fault locators utilize the 650 nm visible red light. We offer VFLs with different output power levels (from 0.5 to 30 mW) and connector adapters (1.25 and 2.5 mm)
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Our product portfolio comprises different types of light sources for measuring singlemode and multimode optical networks These quality products offer a number of different adapters and lambdas: 850 nm and 1300 nm for multimode and 1310, 1490, 1550 ja 1625 nm for singlemode measurements. High-power models are available.

CSM1– AFL/Noyes CSM (contractor series) optical power meters are light-weight and easy- to-use, which makes them a perfect tool for field measurements. CSM1 can be used for MM and SM measurements and works with both PC and APC polished connectors.
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SmartPocket OLP-37 – The specialized VIAVI SmartPocket™ OLP-37 optical power meter can be used to conduct measurements during passive optical network (PON) and radio frequency over glass network (RFoG) activation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. It can measure wavelength-selective optical power when testing B-PON, E-PON, or G-PON networks, as defined in ITU-T G.983/4, or IEEE 802.3ah, and RFoG systems, as defined in SCTE 174 2010.
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MP-60/80 – The MP-series Power Meter from VIAVI is a miniature device that measures optical power via a USB 2.0 connection to a PC/laptop/smart device and Viavi instrument.
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We offer a wide range of live fibre identifiers from different manufacturers. These instruments enable the installer to detect signal on a fibre and determine its direction and power without having to disconnect or cut the fibre. Some models come with a built-in power meter. Most fibre identifiers are able to detect signal by bending 250 um and 900 um fibres as well as 2 mm and 3 mm patchcords.

Fujikura FID-30R – FID-30R is the most sensitive fibre identifier on the market. It offers user-friendly design, integrated power-meter as well as TONE, TRAFFIC and ONU detection functionality.
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Viavi FI-60 – The VIAVI FI-60 LFI enables users to easily detect the optical signal without disconnecting fiber or disrupting network traffic. The FI-60 LFI also includes the unique VIAVI SafeChekTM system, which ensures safe and repeatable engagement with most fiber types without the hassle of changing out costly dies. The FI-60 also converts to an Optical Power Meter (OPM), providing twice the value for your investment and reducing the number of tools carried on the job.
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OTDRs, Spectrum analysers, Dispersion measurement, Fibre monitoring

We offer a wide range of OTDRs by world’s top manufacturers. Our portfolio comprises both lab and field instruments which can be either modular or stand-alone. There instruments typically offer a wide range of different hardware and software options which makes the work-flow easier and provides extra functionality.

Viavi SmartOTDRs

The SmartOTDR essential handheld fibre tester is an affordable, easy-to-use device for techs at any level, with robust wireless connectivity options that increase productivity anywhere. It integrates all the essential fibre test requirements into a single device with OTDR measurement, fibre end face analysis, optical loss testing and visual fault locator. Filtered ports for live fibre measurement are also available.

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Viavi OTDR modules

Modules are designed to be used with Viavi modular test platforms. The 4100 series modules are suitable for MTS-2000, MTS-4000, MTS-5800 and 5G real-time spectrum analyser platforms and provide dynamic range up to 45dB@1310nm. There are also special modules for MPO, CWDM and DWDM OTDR measurements. The 8100 series modules are designed for MTS-6000 and MTS-8000 platforms and offer up to 50dB of dynamic range.

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AFL/Noyes FlexScan

With SmartAuto™ OTDR data acquisition, robust event analysis and LinkMap® display, AFL’s FlexScan® FS200 OTDRs enable even novice technicians to quickly and reliably troubleshoot or completely characterize optical networks. Offering integrated source, power meter, VFL and wireless communications, pocket-sized FlexScans set a new standard for price, performance, portability and ease-of-use. FS300 series are designed for quad-lambda SM/MM measurements.

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Viavi offers four different portable test platforms for modular configurations of a measurement instrument. These platformas are MTS-2000 and MTS-4000 that use 4100 series modules and MTS-6000 and MTS-8000 that use 8100 series modules. The 4100 series modules can also be attached to protcol testers and Viavi Celladvisor 5G to provide even more functionality.

Viavi MTS-2000

The MTS-2000 is a handheld modular test set for the installation, turn-up and maintenance of optical fibers across Enterprise, Metro and FTTx/Access point-to-point or point-to-multipoint networks (PONs). The platform accommodates one 4100 series measurement module and offers optional hardware features such as power meter, VFL, Wifi, Bluetooth etc.
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Viavi MTS-4000

The MTS-4000 V2 is a small, compact and handheld test platform designed for all phases of the network lifecycle, from the installation to the maintenance of Metro, Core, Access, FTTH, FTTx, HFC, Wireless, 5G, Enterprise and Data Center networks. Modular in design, the T-BERD/MTS-4000 V2 offers engineers, technicians, installers and contractors the highest performance and superior levels of scalability and upgrade ability. The MTS-4000 V2 accommodates two measurement modules of the 4100 series.
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Viavi MTS-8000

The MTS-8000 V2 is the world’s most scalable test platform for the next generation high speed network deployment (40G and 100G). It is a multi application platform with physical, optical and Transport / Ethernet testing capabilities. The MTS-8000 V2 accommodates 8100 series measurement modules
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Viavi OSAs, offered as test platforms and modules, are recognized for their efficiency, portability and effectiveness from 10G to 400G. There are also hand-held channel checkers and CWDM/DWDM measurement solutions available. Viavi optical dispersion measurement modules (ODM) significantly increase field productivity by performing CD/PMD/AP test in less than 2 minutes. The combination of the CD, PMD and AP test functions allows network operators, fiber installers and dark fiber providers to characterize any fiber systems including new technologies, such as CWDM/DWDM with ROADM and high speed 10 GigE, 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps+ networks.

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SmartClass OCC-55/56

SmartClass OCC-55/56 optical channel checkers are compact hand-held devices offering a low-cost test solution for installation, maintenance and upgrades for CWDM and DWDM networks. OCC-55 is designed for CWDM and OCC-56 for DWDM measurements.
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OSA-110

OSA-110 series – VIAVI offers a full range of compact OSAs tailored for spectral measurements in CWDM systems in the access network as well as DWDM systems in the backbone and in for Next Generation 40G/ or 100G high-speed networks backbone. The range also features an OSA version for ROADM-based systems or 40G networks with tight channel spacing, providing true OSNR measurements based on VIAVI’s unique in-band OSNR method.
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ODM modules

The VIAVI Optical Dispersion Measurement (ODM) Module for the MTS-6000A, and -8000 offers chromatic dispersion (CD), polarization mode dispersion (PMD), and attenuation profile (AP) test functions in a single plug-in module. This module is the industry’s most compact and integrated dispersion solution dedicated to field testing Metro and Access fibreoptic networks.
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Fibre monitoring refers to the ongoing assessment of fibre quality through the use of software tools and devices that comprise an integrated fibre monitoring and management system. These elements collectively facilitate the detection of faults, degradation, or security intrusions and alarm the system administrator in real-time when threats to fibre optic network integrity occur. Monitoring systems can also be utilized to proactively trend and analyse attenuation and other fibre optic performance metrics over time. Optical cabling supports the communication infrastructure of our connected planet. Inherently fragile by nature, this same optical cable is susceptible to water ingress, misplaced construction digs, rodent infestations, security intrusions, and many other potential hazards. Maintaining optimal fibre condition and performance requires advanced fibre monitoring practices to identify and react to problems quickly.

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