EXFO Inc., the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analytics experts, has recently announced the first automated solution that combines testing of polarity, continuity and connector cleanliness—the critical tests needed to validate multifiber push-on (MPO/MTP®) links—into a single solution that delivers an optimal combination of fit, cost and reporting capabilities.
The ConnectorMax MPO Link Test Solution pairs a light source at one end of the cable with a fiber inspection probe for analysis at the other end—a first in the industry. Additionally, it is the only all-in-one solution that provides a clear pass/fail diagnosis of MPO 12 and MPO 24 links in a single report.
As many customers already own an EXFO probe, this solution is highly economical. Not only do field technicians benefit from the best MPO inspection tool on the market that eradicates the number one cause of network failures (contaminated connectors), it now enables them to check polarity and continuity in just about the same time as inspection alone.
Telcos are reconfiguring their central offices into data centers (CORDs) and deploying MPO cables with 12, but more and more, 24 fibers. When not properly tested, multifiber links can put the entire health of a network at risk. Traditional solutions often fall short on design or price, can’t perform all three critical tests or don’t offer analysis and reporting capabilities. Customers are left choosing between solutions that are either too much for what they really need (and too expensive) or sorely lacking in features and fit. What’s more, they often have to buy different units to get the job done.
“The market was missing a quick, reliable and less-costly method to test multifiber cables before installation, so if outages occurred technicians would be certain their pre-tested links were not the cause,” said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s Vice President, Test and Measurement. “The ConnectorMax MPO Link Test Solution provides a fit for purpose solution that helps our customers test and turn up networks right the first time—making deployments faster, more efficient and cost effective.