Three Easy Steps to a Perfect Fit
Step 1: Choose your network application
True OTDR performance goes far beyond simple product specifications.
It’s about optimizing your network services, based on application-specific parameters.
Step 2: Choose your form factor
- FTB-1: Compact, dedicated handheld test set to perform single-minded tasks under tight budget constraints
- FTB-200: Modular handheld platform providing more flexibility for repetitive daily tasks
- FTB-500: Full-sized modular platform for advanced multi-application testing
Step 3: Choose your technology
Go traditional, go bleeding-edge, or combine the best of both worlds in a single unit:
- Time-proven OTDR technology with advanced modes, trace analysis and editing
- Groundbreaking iOLM and Link-Aware technology, with its multipulse approach, visual link depiction and per-event diagnosis
Unique Features—Revolutionizing Single-Ended Fiber Deployments
Let it optimize the test run
With one click, the unit automatically performs link recognition, sets the optimal parameters and launches multiple acquisitions and multiple analyses—at multiple wavelengths—consolidating the results obtained for every link section and every network element. Get accurate information right away on each link element and export it to a single report.
Let it be the expert
Powered by Link-Aware technology, the iOLM self-manages the setting of all test parameters—ready-to-use intelligence that dramatically shortens the learning curve. Minimize training, avoid test misconfiguration, and facilitate your technicians’ transition from copper to fiber.
Optical Link View
Let it crunch the data
Leaving behind complex OTDR traces, the simplified link mapper provides a straightforward view of the fiber under test, with clear icons and pass/fail verdicts. Get actual results: end-to-end visual assessment of your link, complete with event characterization and fiber status.
Let it show you the way
Loaded with countless algorithms and a database of potential network failures, the iOLM guides you through your network’s problem-solving process. Say goodbye to trace misinterpretation, and ensure that all your technicians—not just your most experienced ones—can efficiently fix network issues right on the spot.
OTDR Trace File Generation
Let it fit your existing test filing requirements
The iOLM can generate a universal and enhanced Bellcore format (.sor) OTDR trace to comply with your existing reporting and post-processing requirements. This OTDR trace integrates all the additional information gathered by the iOLM, providing more complete results.
Consolidated Bidirectional Link View (Patent-Pending)
Let it combine the results
To ensure true splice characterization bidirectional testing is recommended. The iOLM bidirectional link view just makes this task easier as it combines the results from multiple wavelengths in multiple directions and presents it in a single, easy-to-read, iOLM-style format. Plus, you can easily generate batch reports through FastReporter2 Data Post-Processing Software.
Automate Asset Management. Push Test Data in the Cloud. Get Connected.
EXFO Connect pushes and stores test equipment and test data content automatically in the cloud, allowing you to streamline test operations from build-out to maintenance.
Real-Time OTDR Mode
The iOLM supports real-time OTDR mode (RT option) functionality via the iOLM software application. Either run the OTDR application (Oi option) or the RT mode (RT option) to measure field-splicing or to check the link before launching an iOLM acquisition.
2xN Splitter Characterization
The iOLM is the only solution on the market to characterize 2xN splitter with a clear pass/fail verdict for multi-input or redundancy networks. It identifies 2xN splitters as well as both their input branches allowing users to accurately document the network with one test (compared to three tests when using traditional methods).
iOLM Expert Mode (iEX)
iEX is a software option specifically designed for the fiber test expert or the manager who requires more flexibility in documenting the trace files for reporting purposes. Because flexibility also means that you can create your own elements to better match your network plans, this option allows you to add extra events, delete events or re-analyze the trace.
Angled-Polished (APC) Connectors
Like any OTDR, the iOLM will be offerred by strong reflections at the unit’s port. To ensure low reflections and maintain measurement accuracy, the iOLM singlemode port must be used with APC connectors. Another advantage of using APC connectors is their ability to handle harsher conditions without becoming highly reflective while maintaining the unit’s performance.
In the case of UPC connectors, they are prone to be highly reflective if contaminated, worn or damaged. This will affect the measurement and will lead to premature connector replacement. Although testing a UPC network does not require a UPC unit, using an APC/UPC test jumper (included with the iOLM) or a launch fiber (SPSB) ensures compatibility.
EXFO recommends using a 150-meter launch cable (SPSB) to exclude the loss of the iOLM’s connector or to allow UPC network testing. It will also extend the instrument’s connector life by reducing the number of matings—ultimately improving the cost of ownership.