AFL FlexScan OTDR

Performance-packed: With SmartAuto multi-pulse acquisition, up to 37 dB dynamic range and best-in-class 20 m PON dead zone, FlexScan PON OTDRs test FTTH PONs up to 1:64 while still detecting and measuring events only meters apart.

User-friendly: FlexScan OTDRs enable both novice and expert technicians to quickly, reliably and accurately detect, locate, identify and measure optical network components and faults. After applying industry-standard or user-set pass/fail criteria, the network is displayed using FlexScan’s intuitive, icon-based LinkMap view. Acquired results may be stored internally or externally. FlexScan automates test setup, shortens test time and simplifies results interpretation, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of test.

Pocket-sized: At 3.5 x 6 x 1.75 in. (86 x 160 x 43 mm) and less than one pound (0.4 kg), FlexScan OTDRs truly fit in your pocket, yet still provide a large, bright indoor/outdoor touchscreen display and all-day operation.

Description

SmartAuto Provides Network-optimized Test Settings
In SmartAuto mode, a FlexScan OTDR automatically determines the characteristics of the network under test and rapidly completes multiple scans using a variety of network-optimized acquisition settings. It precisely locates and identifies network events, as well as measures loss and reflectance for each detected event. For even greater ease-of-use, FlexScan checks for live fiber and verifies the OTDR launch connection before initiating a test. Dual and triple-wavelength FlexScan OTDRs also provide automatic macro-bend detection.

LinkMap Simplifies Network Troubleshooting
LinkMap with Pass/Fail enables even novice users to easily and accurately troubleshoot optical networks. LinkMap presents an icon-based view of the tested network clearly identifying fiber start, end, connectors, splices, PON splitters, and macro-bends.

A LinkMap Summary provides end-to-end link length, loss, loss per distance and ORL. Loss and reflectance of detected events is compared to industry-standard or user-settable pass/fail thresholds and displayed with clear pass/fail indications. Users can instantly toggle between LinkMap and Trace views.

Bluetooth and WiFi for Faster Connectivity
Pair FlexScan with AFL’s FOCIS Flex connector inspection probe for fast, easy connector end-face inspection. FOCIS Flex provides auto-focus, auto-centering, integrated IEC pass/fail analysis,
and automatic Bluetooth transfer of images and pass/fail results to FlexScan for display and archiving.

Complete Testing with a Single Tool
FlexScan integrates a Visual Fault Locator (VFL) plus an optional optical laser source (OLS) and optical power meter (OPM) supporting AFL’s unique Wave ID capability. With Wave ID, the power meter automatically synchronizes to a single or multiwavelength Wave ID optical signal sent by an AFL light source. The power meter automatically identifies received wavelengths and measures power and loss at each wavelength, saving significant test time and eliminating setup errors. The VFL’s eye-safe red laser enables users to visually pinpoint the location of macrobends and fiber breaks often found in splice closures and fiber cabinets.

General

Size (in boot) 86 x 160 x 43 mm
Weight 0.4 kg
Operational Temperature -10°C to +50°C, 0 to 95% RH (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature -40°C to +70°C, 0 to 95% RH (non-condensing)
Power Rechargeable Li-polymer or AC adapter
Battery Life >12 hours, Telcordia test conditions
Display Color touchscreen 4.3 inch in LCD, 480×272, backlit
USB Ports 1 host; 1 micro-USB function
Bluetooth (Optional) Compatible with Windows PC, Android
WiFi (Optional) IEEE 802.11 / WLAN

OTDR

MODEL: FS200-# -50 -60 -100 -300 -304
Emitter Type Laser
Safety Class Class I
Fiber Type Single-mode
Wavelengths (nm) 1550 1650 1310/1550 1310/1550/1650
Center Tolerance ±20 nm (CW mode)
Dynamic Range (dB) 28 38 32/30 37/36 37/36/37
Event Dead Zone (m) 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Atten. Dead Zone (m) 6.0 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.5
PON Dead Zone (m) N/A 30 N/A 20 20
Pulse Widths 3,5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 200, 300,500 ns;
1,2,3,10,20 μs
Range Settings 250m to 240km
Data Points Up to 300,000 (Export Mode .SOR file)
Data Spacing 5cm to 16m
Group Index of Refraction 1.3000 to 1.7000
Distance Uncertainity (m) ±(1 + 0.003% x distance + data point spacing)
Linearity (dB/dB) ±0.05
Trace File Format Telcordia SR-4731 Issue 2
Trace File storage Medium 4 GB Internal Memory (>1000 traces)
External USB Memory Stick
Data Transfer to PC USB cable or Bluetooth or WiFi (option)
Standard OTDR Modes SmartAuto, Expert, Real Time
Display Modes Up to 4Hz
Live Fiber Protection No OTDR damage with input power ≤ +3 dBm for wavelength(s) in range 1260 to 1675 nm
Live Fiber Detection Reports live fiber with input signal ≥ -35 dBm for wavelength(s) in range 1260 to 1675
Live PON Filter Isolation >50 dB for 1260 nm ≤ wavelength ≤ 1600 nm
Live PON OTDR Test 1650 nm using filtered detector

Visual Fault Locator (VFL)

Emitter Type Visible red laser, 650 ±20 nm
Output Power (nominal) 0.8 mW into single-mode fiber
Modes CW, 2 Hz flashing

Optical Laser Source – OLS (Optional)

MODEL: FS200-# -50 -60 -100 -300 -304
Emitter Type Laser
Safety Class Class I
Fiber Type Single-mode
Wavelengths (nm) 1550 N/A 1310/1550
Center Tolerance ±20 nm (CW mode)
Spectral Width (FWHM) 5 nm (maximum)
Internal Modulation 270 Hz, 330 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, CW, Wave ID
Wave ID Compatible with AFL OPM/OLS
Output Power Stability ≤ 0.1 dB (15 minutes)
≤ ±0.15 dB (8 hours)
Output Power -3 dBm ±1.5 dB

Optical Power Meter – OPM (Optional)

Calibrated Wavelengths 1310, 1490, 1550, 1625, 1650 nm
Detector Type InGaAs, 1 mm diameter
Measurement Range +23 to -50 dBm
Tone Detect Range +3 to -35 dBm
Wavelength ID Range +3 to -35 dBm
Accuracy ±0.25 dB
Resolution 0.01 dB
Measurement Units dB, dBm oe Watts (nW, µW, mW)
  • Fast, accurate OTDR network characterization or fault location
  • Test up to 1:64 PON with 20 m PON dead zone
  • Easy to understand LinkMap results with pass/fail indications
  • 1310/1550/1650 nm PON OTDR (in- or out-of-service testing)
  • 1310/1550 nm versions for complete network characterization
  • 1550 and 1650 nm versions for cost-effective troubleshooting
  • Integrated Source, Power Meter, VFL (visual fault locator)
  • Bluetooth and WiFi communications
  • Compatible with FOCIS Flex connector inspection system
  • Rugged, lightweight, hand-held for field use
  • Large, bright touchscreen display easily viewed indoors and out
  • Internal / external data storage via USB, Bluetooth, or WiFi
  • PON or point-to-point network verification and troubleshooting
  • OTDR testing plus Insertion Loss and Power measurements
  • Locate faults exceeding industry or user pass/fail thresholds
  • Visually pinpoint location of macro-bends or breaks inside

FlexScan is currently available in five models:

  • FS200-50:  1550 nm OTDR for cost-effective point-to-point network troubleshooting, including detection of high-loss macro-bends.
  • FS200-60:  1650 nm  filtered version for cost-effective live PON troubleshooting. Use the optional integrated Power Meter to verify downstream power levels.
  • FS200-100:  1310/1550 version for more complete point-to-point network installation verification, as well as troubleshooting.  By testing at both wavelengths, FlexScan can differentiate poor splices from macro-bends, as well as qualify the network for operation in both 1310 and 1550 nm windows.
  • FS200-300:  1310/1550 PON OTDR version for installation verification and troubleshooting of out-of-service PON or point-to-point networks.  Offers higher dynamic range to test through splitters, as well as longer point-to-point networks.
  • FS200-304:  1310/1550/1650 PON OTDR version for in-service PON troubleshooting, as well as out-of-service PON or point-to-point network installation verification or troubleshooting.

All models include an integrated VFL and are available with optional integrated source, power meter and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi wireless communications.

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