• FOT Fiber Ring/OTDR Launch Fiber Cable

FOT Fiber Ring/OTDR Launch Fiber Cable

A launch cable, which connects the OTDR to the link under test, reveals the insertion loss and reflectance of the near-end connection.

 



Measuring an insertion loss of the near-end and/or far-end connection of a fiber optic link with an OTDR requires a launch and/or receive test cable. A launch cable, which connects the OTDR to the link under test, reveals the insertion loss and reflectance of the near-end connection. A receive cable, which connects to the far-end of the link, reveals the insertion loss and reflectance of the far-end connection. Launch and receive test cables can range from 150 m to 1 km (or longer) in length. Because very long test cables are impractical to transport and use, FOT offers coiled lengths of 50 μm multimode, 62.5 μm multimode, or single-mode fiber packaged in compact rings.  Fiber Rings of 150 m of fiber are ideal for premises fiber network test applications. Fiber Rings of 500 m and 1 km of single-mode fiber are designed for broadband, long haul fiber network test applications.                          

How to Generate a Baseline Trace Using Fiber Rings

Use the Fiber Ring as a launch cable.Connect the Fiber Ring between your OTDR and the fiber link under test. This will allow you to measure the loss of the near-end connection.

Use the Fiber Ring as a receive cable.Connect the Fiber Ring to the far-end connector of your fiber link under test. This will allow you to measure the loss of the far-end connection.

By using Fiber Rings as both launch and receive cables, as shown in the diagram below, you can measure total insertion loss of the fiber link under test.