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FIP-500 - Fiber inspection scope

Fastest and first inspection in the industry for single, duplex and multi-fiber connectors, with the most reliable results. Self-contained, fully automated tool for zero-button testing all day—without the need to recharge batteries or offload results.

Spot on, every time.

Equip technicians against the no.1 cause of outages.

What makes the FIP-500 the most reliable fiber inspection scope in the industry? The FIP-500 was designed with not one, but several innovative image capture techniques. This unprecedented visibility of the connector endface translates into optimal accuracy and repeatability.

Innovative image capture techniques:

Enhanced illumination technique based on two LEDs

Violet LEDs (415-nm light) for better contrast

Custom-carved lenses for optimal image quality
Dual-core CPU

Innovating fiber inspection for all

In today’s fiber-dense environments, both single-fiber and multi-fiber connectors need to be reliably and rapidly inspected to keep networks running smoothly. Leveraging 35+ years of leading expertise in optical testing, we`ve designed the inspection scope that makes it easy for all technicians, everywhere.

Less handling, more doing.

Tower climbers require a tool that is self-contained and handy to use. The FIP-500 innovates with its tips that can be added with a quarter-turn click. It has never been easier to swap between single, duplex and multi-fiber tips. Bonus advantage: no loose parts that can be accidentally dropped!


Meet the FIP-500.

In today’s fiber-dominated landscape, technicians need to inspect single, duplex and multi-fiber connectors reliably and rapidly to avoid preventable network outages. Can a single scope do it all? See it for yourself.

Express zero-button MPO inspection.

Leverage the power of automation for a truly zero-button inspection process.

Inspecting an MPO-12? Simply insert a connector in the FIP-500 and—in less than 10 seconds—a pass/fail result is automatically obtained and saved without the need for any settings or further manipulation.

Less handling, more doing.

Quick-connect tips: Swap tips in a quarter-turn click, a small but life-changing innovation. No loose parts, not a second wasted.

Longer reach: By design, the FIP-500 provides longer reach and better handling for inspection in dense fiber environments or on top of telecom towers.

Intuitive graphical user interface (GUI): Leveraging the capabilities of the touchscreen, the GUI is very user-friendly for any technician, regardless of their experience.

Test all day with lots of battery life and memory.

Long battery life: The FIP-500 is powered by a Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery which can support a full day of continuous use.

Memory space: With an internal memory that can save up to 1800 MPO test results or 10 000 single-fiber test results, there is no need to stop and offload results. Bluetooth connectivity ensures that these results can be shared easily.

These features, added to an ergonomic hand grip, all come together in helping the technician to close jobs all day without any interruption. This battery life and memory space combo is unique in the industry—and will give field teams equipped with the FIP-500 yet another solid advantage on the competition.

Lowering the cost of ownership.

Every aspect of the FIP-500 has been designed to make savings in time and expenses, lowering its overall cost of ownership.

No training required: Zero-button, fully automated inspection combined to an intuitive GUI makes it easy for any technician to make the most of the FIP-500, without training.

Less tips and no loose parts: By default, the FIP-500 provides a longer reach than regular tips, reducing the overall number of tips that a technician needs to carry around. The simple yet innovative quarter-turn mechanism to swap tips means that there are no loose parts when changing them, hence lowering the risk of losing items.

Future-proof: The FIP-500 supports the inspection of MPO connectors with up to 4 rows by default. Periodical releases will enable new software functionalities.

NEW! Guide on tips, SmarTips and adapters for EXFO’s inspection scopes (FIP-500 and FIP-400)

Need to inspect duplex connectors? EXFO’s got the solution!

In this guide, you will find:

  • A list of all available tips and SmarTips and their corresponding connectors
  • All adapters, accessories and more
  • Our duplex inspection line (unique in the industry)
  • Ordering information

Key features

Fastest inspection in the industry (in under 10 seconds for MPO-12)
Best-in-class optical performance for accurate and repeatable results
Zero-button inspection: 100% automated from insertion to data saving

Wide array of adapter tips for single, duplex and multi-fiber connectors (e.g., LC, SC, ST, MPO, OptiTap®, OptiTip®)

Smartphone-grade 2.4-inch color touchscreen
Quick-connect design: quarter-turn click for switching between any tips or inspection type
Test all day without any interruption: long-lasting battery and memory space to store results locally - 1800 (MPO) or 10 000 (single-fiber)


Central offices, exchanges and headends
Data centers
Wireless (e.g., 5G, FTTA, DAA, small cells)
Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)

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Awards and reviews

Innovation and leadership have always been front and center at EXFO. Each year, we strive to develop solutions that will ensure superior customer experience in smarter, modern networks. Being recognized as such is always a great honor. Learn more about our awards:


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