Category: Testing

Industrial Ethernet testing guide available for download

A free testing guide for industrial systems integrators is available from Fluke Networks and Rockwell Automation. The guide provides a comprehensive approach to reduce startup and operational problems related to copper and fiber-optic cabling and allows integrators to deliver more-reliable customer solutions.Testing cabling during the start up process helps avoid many industrial Ethernet failures.

Anritsu Launches Portable 400G Network Tester MT1040A

Anritsu has introduced its Network Master Pro MT1040A for 400G networks. The new, battery-powered tester supports 400G Ethernet and has a simultaneously installable 10M-to-100G interface for access, metro, mobile fronthaul/backhaul, and data-center transmission quality tests (BER, throughput, frame loss, and latency measurements), while the easy-to-use GUI, remote-control-over-network option, and auto-test functions add-up to a tester with unparalleled measurement efficiency.

YouTube Live OTDR Basics

Join Viavi’s YouTube LIVE OTDR Basics session to learn  OTDR basics including, understanding the mystical launch cable length — how long does it need to be? How to analyze OTDR Traces using Smart Link Mapper; how to identify a fault, and locate the exact distance to the fault along with tips and tricks for novices, as well as expert OTDR users to take you to the next level.

Tightly bundled or combed UTP Cables increase risk of Alien Crosstalk

Whenever Category 6A UTP cables capable of supporting 10 Gig applications are combed or tightly bundled, you risk increased alien crosstalk (AXT) that can wreak havoc on high speed transmission. Why? Alien crosstalk is caused by interference on a cable pair from a pair in an adjacent cable, and it became an issue with Category 6A cabling characterized up to 500 MHz simply due to the higher level of frequency and noise. So it’s easy to understand that anytime cables are evenly combed or tightly bundled together so that they lay adjacent to one another, alien crosstalk will increase—precisely why worst-case alien crosstalk testing involves six around one.

New Does Not Equal Clean

Fiber Optic Connectors need to be pristine when they are connected for several reasons. First, dirty or damaged connectors are the number one cause of network outages. Second, if a dirty or damaged connector is plugged into another connector, your problem just doubled. Lastly, if test equipment, like an OTDR, or a network element, such as a receiver, is damaged it can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair or replace them.

Webinar: Preparing for 5G Deployment Success

This webinar will focus on how you can prepare for successful commissioning and deployment of 5G in the field and beyond. Whether you work at a service provider, in an enterprise or you are an individual wireless or fiber contractor, we’ll include case studies and tips to make your deployments faster, more accurate and with fewer reworks and repeat visits. Key topics include:Why thoroughly testing at every stage of 5G is the only option; Testing process from antenna to core; and analytics to help service providers plan and optimize.