Fiber Guardian is an entirely stand-alone OTDR remote test unit, designed to enable you to start monitoring critical fibers without the larger investment required for a client-server RFTS application.
If any of these situations applies to you, Fiber Guardian is the ideal solution:
Fiber Guardian is a plug-and-play solution that is simple enough for beginners, and powerful and flexible enough for your experts. The unit doesn’t involve any additional infrastructure—no server, no external PC—only minimal software maintenance is required. You can access it remotely from virtually anywhere by simply using your personal login user name and password, as with any secured server on your LAN or through a dial-up connection. There is no need for third-party remote-access tools such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC) servers or pcAnywhere, no hanging views and no unexpected disconnection in low-bandwidth situations—just a reliable HTTP session.
If your long-term plan includes expanding to a full-fledged client-server fiber test and monitoring solution, invest in one or two Fiber Guardians, and migrate seamlessly to EXFO’s system solution (NQMSfiber) when you’re ready. Scaling up to NQMSfiber doesn’t require any change to the test units. NQMSfiber includes sophisticated functions, such as alarm management and reporting, trouble-ticket handling, and a view of the entire network status on a schematic. The system solution enables you to centralize your network operation and maintenance, and integrates with your existing network management systems. NQMSfiber can also be provided with network documentation based on GIS for mapping of the as-built and fault-on-map feature.
Define, run and analyze a series of OTDR acquisitions on multiple fibers, whenever you like, without having to do it all manually. Don’t just wait for trouble to occur — put a Fiber Guardian to work and gain control of the situation. Fiber Guardian is a multitasking test unit that allows for several different tests to be run concurrently and that also enables multiple users to access and view results during testing or upon completion.
Fiber Guardian captures and logs events based on thresholds. These thresholds can be specific to each test or to each port. Each fault event, newly created or cleared, activates OTDR result storage, permitting analysis of intermittent situations without storing an enormous quantity of unnecessary measurements.
Fiber Guardian was designed to serve various sections of your network. The following are a few examples of the test and measurement know-how and expertise engineered into Fiber Guardian:
Fiber Guardian can be set to monitor certain parameters more closely than others. For example, it can check a particular section and/or total loss degradation more closely, while being less sensitive to event loss degradation or reflective peaks. Keep an eye on what you really want to know.
Fiber Guardian is also a multiport OTDR unit with the capability to record a situation at T0 and report it automatically, or on demand if the situation changes. Testing can be performed invarious modes, from simple manual unplanned tests to programmed testing that can be executed repeatedly on an hourly, daily or weekly basis at a set time.
Keep a close eye on your fibers and cables. When a problem occurs, Fiber Guardian can alert you through SMS, regardless where you are. An SMS message is only sent to you when faults occur, or when they are cleared by a user or resolved by the remote test unit. If you want to check the status of a fiber through SMS, simply enter an easy-to-remember SMS code identifying the port and test setup, and then send it to Fiber Guardian, which will process the test immediately. If a fault is found, an SMS alert will be sent back with details.
Based on today’s most advanced technologies, Fiber Guardian is reliable and secure. Installed on your LAN, it provides a test access point to your field technicians, central office operators or test experts.
Fiber Guardian has a local data storage capacity of up to 80 GB, protected with a RAID configuration. Fiber Guardian provides the status of your RAID and other subsystems. A dry-contact relay opens if one of the subsystems becomes faulty, even in the event of a power shutdown.
Based on an embedded operating system, the unit is a web server that allows local or remote access, just like any other web server on the network.
If you want to integrate Fiber Guardian with your own network management system, this can be done quickly and efficiently thanks to the availability of documented (.chm) web services. Simply create a mailbox and capture XML alerts that your system can query and manage like any other alert from your other network elements.
Fiber Guardian can be put to work right at your desk. Any free test port can be connected to a designated cable termination port, following which the unit will search for a new fiber and start monitoring when you decide it is time.
If you have limited knowledge of what the fault-detection thresholds should be for this new fiber, simply select the appropriate sensitivity level for each section or event—fine, normal or coarse — and Fiber Guardian will take care of the rest. Other discovery functions include:
Configure and add options to your Fiber Guardian to make it your most powerful rackmounted optical test unit:
Get the most out of your EXFO equipment: Combine measurements taken with your monitoring system with baseline or construction traces for advanced analysis.