EXFO ConnectorMax automates multi-fibre testing

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EXFO has revealed its new automated solution to combine testing of polarity, continuity and connector cleanliness – for validation of multi fibre push-on (MPO/MTP) links – into one offering, offering 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 fibre inspection probe for analysis at the other, in what the company calls an industry first. Additionally, the all-in-one solution provides a clear pass/fail diagnosis of MPO 12 and MPO 24 links in a single report. This is designed to be highly economical, as many customers already own an EXFO probe. Field technicians also benefit from the additional ability to check polarity and continuity in just about the same time as inspection alone.

The new product answers the dilemma faced by those telcos that are reconfiguring their central offices into data centres (CORDs) and deploying MPO cables with 12 – and more and more, 24 fibres. When not properly tested, multi-fibre links can put the health of a network at risk, and customers often have to purchase different units to get the job done.

Said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s vice president, test and measurement: ‘The market was missing a quick, reliable and less-costly method to test multi-fibre cables before installation, so if outages occurred, technicians would be certain their pre-tested links were not the cause. 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.’

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