An innovative, fast and simple-to-use fiber optic tester, Optical Explorer verifies optical links in seconds and automatically explores further when potential issues are suspected. It’s the first optical fiber multimeter (OFM)—an essential handheld tool for fiber optic technicians (it can be compared to multimeters used by electrical technicians). OFMs quickly measure multiple key optical parameters such as loss (dB), optical return loss (dB), length (meters) and power (dBm). They help technicians verify fiber optic link health and troubleshoot potential issues.
Empower frontline fiber technicians to do more, faster.
Displays fiber length, loss and optical return loss (ORL) in under 3 seconds
On-the-spot detection and location of common causes of failures
Intelligent: no settings required make it an essential for any frontline technician’s toolkit
Built-in power checker and light source
Patent pending EXFO Advisor 5-star rating scale: qualitative approach to assess fiber links
Click-out optical connectors and “self-diagnosis” let techs perform maintenance in the field
Rechargeable battery for over 10 hours of use on a single charge
Optical Explorer is more than an improvement of existing fiber optic test equipment—it represents a groundbreaking new approach to fiber installation, turn-up and repair. The kind of innovation that only EXFO—backed by 37+ years of fiber optic testing expertise—can deliver.
Hidden costs throughout a product’s life make up a massive, yet sometimes overlooked, part of TCO. And it includes more than just the initial purchase price.
Optical Explorer’s lifetime calibration, patent-pending click-out optical connector and field replaceable battery empower field techs to do more directly from the field, cutting costly downtime and logistics associated with factory-based updates, maintenance and repairs.
During the optical link verification process, the Fault Explorer feature automatically explores only those links suspected as faulty—eliminating any doubts while saving testing time.
Within five seconds, Fault Explorer will display IL, ORL and length on good links while tracking suspicious events. Technicians get the chance to solve problems on the spot, without escalation.
Just because a link’s individual elements pass inspection, doesn’t guarantee that link was constructed according to industry best practices.
With the built-in EXFO Advisor feature, techs get the benefit of EXFO’s 30+ years of fiber expertise and sophisticated algorithms at the push of a button, assigning ratings to links based on industry best practices. It’s a qualitative assessment of fiber link health that looks at how efficiently and robustly a link is built.
Keeping up with the accelerated pace of fiber deployment plus meeting 5G deployment challenges mean that frontline technicians need a fundamental shift in their testing approach—enter Optical Explorer.
Boost your workforce output without increasing headcount
Upskill frontline techs plus unique 5-star rating scale, to boost work quality
Speed up installation, service activation, mean time to repair and time to revenue with leaner MOPs for improved ROI and customer satisfaction
Bring down OPEX and CAPEX by minimizing cost of ownership without compromising quality
Take control of QoS and gain confidence in your fiber infrastructure ahead of its next evolution
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:
Data Center Engineering at LinkedIn
"The Optical Explorer is “my new best friend”. I’ve used it extensively to troubleshoot singlemode links up to 1.5 km. The small size means I’m carrying it most of the time and doing a lot more testing. I also like the way it’s easy to switch from Fiber Explorer to Power Checker so I can perform both tests on the connected strand effortlessly (no more using my phone to check for light, identifying rolled fibers is so much easier!). Heck, I used it just this morning. Did I mention I love it!"
The Optical Explorer is “my new best friend”
It has reduced my testing time by at least 50% if not more
Leggett Fiber Consulting LP / CIRBN of Illinois and other clients
"All of this is in a unit that is about the size of your hand which makes it usable no matter if you are up a ladder or in a closet either one making it hard to use a full size OTDR. It has reduced my testing time by at least 50% if not more. The touch screen makes it easy to move around from one app to another. Do not have to worry about training someone to be able to interpret an OTDR trace, just read the screen and you are good to go. It truly is a multimeter for fiber optic..."