Optical Wave Expert – DWDM Channel Checker and OTDR

The Optical Wave Expert integrates channel power validation and reflectometry characterization on a single port. This means that technicians can automatically identify faulty channels and follow through with fault location by leveraging intelligent OTDR capabilities.

The smart toggle to the OTDR mode is done automatically, without having to set any parameters. Technicians can now obtain instant channel power readings through an intuitive GUI and seamlessly benefit from tunable OTDR capabilities. The field-proven MaxTester platform provides a rugged and compact form factor that is purpose-built around practicality and efficiency.

The integration of channel checker and OTDR capabilities on a single port means less unnecessary manipulation of the optical fiber and improved field efficiency. This translates into faster mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and makes the trial and error approach–which can disable nodes–obsolete.


MAX-5205 – Simple DWDM channel checker

The MAX-5205 optical channel checker leverages an intuitive workflow and a handheld form factor with a wide touchscreen. This makes it an essential and a practical tool in the field for technicians troubleshooting or commissioning DWDM networks.

The MAX-5205 also offers data storage and reporting capacity from the field, avoiding delays in closing jobs and the loss of test results.

With the plug-and-play optical add-ons (inspection probe, power meter and visual fault locator), this test kit becomes a powerful, agile, and versatile solution for various network architectures.


5GPro Spectrum Analyzer – RF spectrum analyzer

The 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer with over-the-air (OTA) measurements delivers an easy-to-perform and easy-to-interpret experience. Ready to adapt as your network transforms, our flexible, modular platform lets field techs and RF engineers analyze FR1 (sub-6 GHz) including CBRS/C-bands, and FR2 (mmWave) bands with a single solution for extreme flexibility and upgradeability.

Spectrum clearing

During the planning stages and prior to repurposing or reallocating an existing band (or before rolling out a new cell site), operators need to make sure that any previously occupied spectrum (at a specified band) is free of unwanted legacy signals. Unwelcomed signals can create interference that is problematic for both LTE and 5G networks.

EXFO’s 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer (including RTSA) can determine if unwanted signals exist and when present, help field techs locate their source through interference hunting.

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Meet the 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer

EXFO’s CEO Philippe Morin and Stéphane Chabot, Vice-President Test and Measurement launch the 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer. RF spectrum analysis just got simpler, faster, better!


Why EXFO for RF?

How can we make testing simpler, faster, better? At EXFO, that’s a question we’ve been asking for over 35 years. And it’s one we continue to answer with a steady stream of innovative, award-winning solutions.

Now we’re bringing fresh eyes and our field-focused expertise to the area of RF testing. Working closely with some of the world’s biggest Tier 1 mobile operators and industry-leading RF technology partners, we re-imagined RF spectrum analysis to help clear the air for 5G.

  • Revolutionary RF modules for FR1 and FR2, providing optimal scalability
  • Smart, UX-optimized GUI designed for the way field techs should test
  • Striking the right balance between portability and functionality
  • Bringing intelligence to RF testing with our patent-pending intelligent peak detection and Snap-to-Peak features

Designed by field techs

Current RF spectrum analyzers are complex, requiring extensive RF knowledge to operate. And with equipment from multiple vendors, each with different GUIs and processes, things can get complicated. Learning it all takes time, but 5G won’t wait.

  • Do more in less time: purpose-built and automated, making it easier and quicker to detect, locate and eliminate RF issues in the RAN (i.e., interference, beam performance issues etc.)
  • Field-specific features: exactly what’s required in the field—no confusing apps and features that buyers paid for, but that field techs will never use
  • Compact, field portable: validate 4G/LTE and 5G RAN with a wide range of functionalities built into a small-footprint design

RF testing that scales and adapts with your network

Operators need to support, maintain and test both new and existing RF technologies (e.g., 3G/4G/LTE/5G-NR). Testing solutions that require two tools, one for 4G (mostly FR1 low bands) and a second for 5G (FR1 mid band and FR2), are both costly and inefficient. Meet those challenges head-on with EXFO’s 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer:

  • Go modular: a single RF spectrum testing solution that supports both FR1 (450 MHz – 6 GHz) and FR2 (24.25 GHz – 40 GHz) bands–field upgradeable as requirements change
  • Built for now and later: start with FR1 testing and add FR2 as requirements change
  • Test different RF frequencies plus CPRI, eCPRI and Ethernet (up to 100G), timing and sync, and fiber using a modular, future-proof design
  • Cloud connectivity lets managers easily add RF spectrum analysis to job workflows
FiberBasix 50, ELS-50, EPM-50

FiberBasix 50 – handheld testers

EXFO’s FiberBasix 50 series meets your basic day-to-day test requirements while helping you stay within budget. These worry-free, straightforward handheld testers enable accurate measurement of signal attenuation during fiber-optic cable installation.

The FiberBasix 50 series includes two highly convenient instruments:

  • The ELS-50 Light Source, combining up to three wavelengths in a single configuration
  • The EPM-50 Power Meter, which offers high accuracy and referencing capabilities

An FTTx test solution

These products are part of EXFO’s series of FTTx optical test products. They allow for the testing of passive optical networks (PONs) at the three main wavelengths (1310, 1490 and 1550 nm) used in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks and comply with the ITU-T G.983 and G.984 Recommendation series and the IEEE 802.3ah standard.

ELS-50 light source: multiwavelength capability

EXFO’s ELS-50 Light Source provides excellent stability and high measurement accuracy for up to three singlemode wavelengths or two multimode wavelengths. It is the perfect complement to the FiberBasix 50 EPM-50 Power Meter when it comes to measuring attenuation on fiber-optic links.

EPM-50 power meter: high accuracy and easy referencing

The EPM-50 Power Meter provides highly accurate power measurements, as well as reference value setting capabilities. It offers power autonomy of 300 hours, for reliable, long-lasting performance in the field.


MPC-100 – optical power checker

The MPC-100 is an innovative optical power checker enabling smart device connectivity via Bluetooth®. Paired with the FIP-425B or FIP-435B Wi-Fi inspection probes, this easy-to-use power checker lets you take full advantage of smart device connectivity.

You can manage all your results in one place and lower the cost of ownership by utilizing your smart device to its full potential.


PPM-350D – next-gen PON power meter

To provide the right speeds to the right customers, communications service providers (CSPs) are deploying next-gen and legacy passive optical network (PON) technologies by overlaying multiple new wavelengths on existing fibers. This brings new challenges for quick and accurate testing during the critical service activation phase: CSPs need power meters capable of testing next-gen and legacy PON technologies, and their field teams need to be sure they are correctly testing the right technology.

The PPM-350D was designed to tackle both challenges head-on with its unique PON-aware™ technology. Developed in partnership with a Tier 1 CSP, the PPM-350D PON Power Meter automatically detects and adapts test parameters for the PON technology in use at the customer premises, eliminating costly guesswork by field technicians. As a result, service providers can deploy faster, cut activation costs and boost customer satisfaction.