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FTB-2/Pro – platform

Unparalleled performance and next-gen connectivity

The FTB-2, available in a standard or Pro model, is the most compact solution on the market for multirate, multitechnology, multiservice testing, delivering all the power of a high-end platform in a conveniently sized, go-anywhere field-testing tool.

A sum greater than its parts

Nowadays, with the complexity and extent of modern networks, technicians need more than a few tools in their belt to get the job done right the first time. They need OSAs, Ethernet multiservice modules and OTDRs with fiber inspection probes. You name it, the technician needs it. But what makes the supertech “super” is the ability to drill down effortlessly and perform all tests quickly and accurately, cutting costs and saving time. That’s the added value, and that’s one of the many advantages that the FTB-2 brings to the table.

FTB-2 Pro model

So much power, such a small footprint

The FTB-2 Pro is by far the smallest, most compact high speed multitechnology test platform out there. The FTB-2 Pro offers the most versatility: This is your go-anywhere, test-anything platform.

Designed for applications such as:

  • Fiber characterization
  • Gigabit/10G Ethernet configurations
  • ROADM commissioning
  • Multiservice transport testing
  • 100G testing
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FTB-1v2/Pro – single- or dual-carrier platform

Adapted for dedicated applications. Dedicated to helping you adapt.

The FTB-1 version 2, available in standard (FTB-1v2) or Pro (FTB-1 Pro) models, is a light-weight compact test platform allowing field technicians to carry out dedicated optical, Ethernet, multiservice and radio frequency (RF) interference test applications simply and efficiently, thanks to its ultra-powerful processing and highly intuitive interface.


FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer – 100G multiservice test module

Get ready to test your next-generation 100G network

The growing demand for more bandwidth and the proliferation of data centers and inter-data-center connectivity is fueling the growth of 100G networks. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are responding with solutions that are better suited to the mass deployment of 100G in the network with the inclusion of high-speed pluggable CFP4 and QSFP28 interfaces that lower costs and offer increased port density.

EXFO’s FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer is the first test solution to offer integrated CFP4 and QSFP28 interfaces, making it ready for the 100G network evolution.

Optical transport testing

  • Complete OTN and SONET/SDH overhead manipulation and monitoring for advanced testing and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced Multichannel OTN tool, which supports single-stage multiplexing from ODU0 to ODU4 with the support of 80 concurrent channels, including channelized service disruption measurement of all channels.
  • ODUflex, which provides a future-proof solution to transporting any client signal at any rate.
  • Ethernet and SONET/SDH mapping over OTU3/OTU4, enabling NEMs to qualify their 40G/100G transponder development (e.g., mapping and demapping capabilities), as well as client-signal timing transparency.
  • Delay measurement for OTN, SONET/SDH and Ethernet traffic across all supported testing interfaces.

Ethernet performance assessment

  • Ethernet traffic generation and monitoring to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications.
  • EtherSAM, an ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology that comprises a service configuration test and service performance test for comprehensive field testing of mobile backhaul and commercial services, as well as QoS validation for better troubleshooting.
  • iSAM, an intelligent service activation methodology providing simplified ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 6349 testing.
  • RFC 6349 test methodology for validation of end-to-end TCP service, helping to correctly locate and diagnose issues as they arise.

Rapid diagnostic test tools

  • Per-wavelength laser control and power measurements to catch high power levels that could damage circuits or low power that may result in signal degradation.
  • Per-lane frequency and offset measurements to determine network health prior to BER testing during 40G/100G network commissioning.
  • IP connectivity tools, including a ping tool that verifies whether a user can reach a specific address within or outside of a subnetwork.
  • 100G Through mode testing tool that sectionalizes traffic between networks and customer premises equipment by transparently monitoring Ethernet traffic between two endpoints.

Advanced troubleshooting tools

  • Packet capturing tool offering comprehensive filtering, triggering and truncation methods to target specific traffic and quickly pinpoint issues in either the lab or in the field.
  • Advanced traffic filtering through up to four trigger fields and operands for troubleshooting of particular traffic flows.
  • iOptics—Intelligent Pluggable Optics test application: this first-alert test can be used in the field or lab environment to efficiently evaluate proper operation of an optical device with minimal user configuration required.

Push data to the cloud and get connected

  • EXFO TFv—Test Function Virtualization, including FTB Anywhere floating licenses and FTB OnDemand time-based licenses to scale testing requirements to specific needs
  • EXFO Connect to push and store test data content automatically in the cloud, streamlining test operations from the build-out to maintenance phases.
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FTBx-8870/8880 Power Blazer – 10G multiservice test modules

Complete and agile testing of 10G services

From development in the lab to troubleshooting in the field, EXFO’s FTBx-8870/8880 Power Blazer features a full suite of test capabilities with a range of technologies up to 10G.


  • Preconfigure user-defined bit-error-rate (BER) thresholds prior to running tests. Results are easy to interpret thanks to a simple pass/fail verdict at the conclusion of tests.   

Key Ethernet features

  • Intelligent network discovery mode enables you to single-handedly scan the network and connect to any available EXFO datacom remote tester, with no need for an additional technician at the far-end to relay information.
  • Smart Loopback functionality offers five distinct loopback modes adjusting to all unique loopback situations.
  • Dual-port testing makes it possible for a single technician to launch EtherSAM or RFC 2544 tests using a single module and to obtain bidirectional results.
  • Support for virtual-local-area-network (VLAN) tags, Q-in-Q VLAN tags and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) to enhance security, scalability, reliability and performance.

EtherSAM: the new standard in Ethernet testing

EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services, including critical service-level agreement (SLA) criteria such as packet jitter and quality-of-service (QoS) measurements.

EtherSam bidirectional results

Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, providing 100% first-time-right service activation—the highest level of confidence in service testing.

EtherSAM service configuration test

Sequential testing of each service to validate that it is properly provisioned and that all specific key performance indicators (KPIs) or SLA parameters have been met.

EtherSAM service performance test

Once the configuration of each individual service has been validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.

EtherSAM bidirectional results

  • Executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements.
  • Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction for 100% first-time-right service activation.

iSAM: simplified Y.1564 (EtherSAM) and RFC 6349 testing

  • With iSAM, the emphasis is on minimalism and simplicity, making both the Y.1564 (EtherSAM) and RFC 6349 testing methodologies as straightforward as possible for all users.
  • Only a small number of steps are required to set up, run and receive valid test results.
  • One-page setup facilitates the setup and running of iSAM tests for field technicians of all skill levels.

Cable test with power over Ethernet (PoE)

  • Technicians can troubleshoot any cabling or installation issue by checking the cable’s actual pin-out, wire map, cable length, distance-to-fault measurement and propagation delay.
  • Adding PoE means technicians can check for the following: presence of power, the power-supply equipment type, power class rating, voltage, current and power in watts.

FTTA Testing

The FTBx-8870/8800 CPRI protocol feature verifies that a remote radio head (RRH) is fully operational and that the correct small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers are installed and properly connected.

  • With the layer-2 CPRI protocol, technicians can easily connect to the RRH without having to climb the cell tower.
  • Once connected to the RRH, the Power Blazer is able to supply the technician with a complete analysis of vital CPRI statistics.

Traffic generation and monitoring

  • Technicians can configure up to 32 streams of traffic in order to test just about any frame format including: Ethernet II, 802.3, SNAP, IPv4, IPv6, three levels of VLANs, MPLS, UDP and TCP.
  • A new virtual frame display that allows field technicians to easily configure multiple streams and their parameters makes it possible to test layer-2 protocols, including: Cisco discover protocol (CDP), VLAN trunking protocol (VTP) and link-layer discovery protocols (LLDP) 

RFC 6349 service activation methodology

  • RFC 6349 validates end-to end TCP services and helps correctly locate and diagnose issues as they arise.
  • The RFC 6349 test helps resolve discrepancies between service-provider networks and customer premise equipment through:
    • Maximum-transmission-unit (MTU) size discovery
    • Baseline round-trip delay determination
    • Single or multiple TCP connections to enable full pipe testing

Carrier Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OAM)

  • The FTBx-8870/8880 adds extra packet-capturing capabilities, including comprehensive filtering, triggering and truncation methods to target specific traffic and quickly pinpoint issues in the lab and in the field.
  • Advanced traffic filtering using up to four fields and operands makes it possible to troubleshoot a particular traffic flow.

Performance assessment of Fibre Channel services

Since most storage area networks (SANs) cover large distances, and because Fibre Channel has stringent performance requirements, it is imperative to test each phase of network deployments to ensure appropriate service levels. In addition to full wire-speed traffic generation at the FC2 layer, the FTX-8870/8880 modules also support:

  • Proper characterization of latency for FC services.
  • Buffer-to-buffer credit estimation, a configuration parameter that estimates buffer credit values with respect to latency by calculating the distance according to round-trip latency times.
  • Switch-fabric login capability to support connections to a remote location through a fabric or semitransparent network.
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MAX-800 Series – Ethernet and transport testing up to 100G

Choose the right network tester for you

The MAX-800 Series offers five different models, each with the features listed below. Additional details are available on the product spec sheet.

All models offer the following features:

  • Ethernet testing including RFC 2544, EtherSAM ITU-T Y.1564, EtherBERT, traffic generation and monitoring (multistream) and Smart Loopback
  • Optional IPv6, MPLS, Through mode and dual-port testing


  • Ethernet testing up to 1GE


  • Ethernet testing up to 10GE


  • Ethernet testing up to 10GE
  • Transport network testing up to 10G: DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH and optical transport network (OTN)

MAX-890 – NEW

  • Ethernet testing up to 100GE
  • Transport network testing up to 100G: optical SONET/SDH and OTN

MAX-890Q – NEW

  • Ethernet testing up to 100GE
  • Independent dual-port testing up to 100GE
  • Optional 4 x 100GE EtherBERT Layer 2 testing
  • Transport network testing up to 100G including optical SONET/SDH and OTN

EtherSAM: the standard in Ethernet testing

EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services. Aligned with the requirements of today’s Ethernet services, the EtherSAM test methodology drastically speeds up deployment and eliminates repeat testing by offering full visibility into all service-level agreement (SLA) metrics, immediately and accurately. This suite also enables complete validation of all SLA parameters within a single test to ensure optimized quality of service. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH and OTN testing

EXFO is a recognized leader in network testers and telecom solutions. With the large, installed base of legacy DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH circuits in access and metro Ethernet networks, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance have become daily tasks.

Covering all DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH interfaces, our ultra-portable MAX-800 handheld tester for DSn/PDH and full legacy SONET/SDH is ideally suited to field service deployment, in addition to installation, commissioning and maintenance of access and metro Ethernet networks. This solution offers test functions that range from bit-error-rate (BER) measurements, service disruption time (SDT) to advanced characterization.

EXFO has an extensive suite of features for testing optical transport network (OTN) deployments and many of them are also available on the MAX-800 Series. Engineers and technicians can evaluate SLAs based on bit error rate (BER). Additionally, functions such as service disruption time (SDT), round trip delay (RTD) and OTN overhead analysis are readily available making the MAX-800 Series the most versatile portable tester in the industry.

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FTB-4 Pro – platform

Versatile multitechnology portable test platform

The FTB-4 Pro delivers all the power of a high-end platform in a go-where-you-need field-testing tool.

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FTBx-88260 – 1G to 100G network tester

Rapid evolution in transceiver technology

Whether motivated by cost, power requirements, space or increased demand for bandwidth, pluggable transceivers are evolving rapidly. Predicting how long an existing transceiver will be required before another comes along to take its place is tough—making the obsolescence of today’s hardware simply a waiting game.
Another challenge is that network operators and data centers still need to support existing technologies, but also be ready to address new rates and technologies without always doing forklift upgrades. Whether we consider SFP and SFP+ (for rates up to 10G) or QSFP28 and CFP4 (for 100G) or SFP28 (for 25G rates), it’s clear that integrating all these into a network—as well as testing and validating them—is a huge task. The smart move is to allocate budget for versatile—not limited—solutions.

EXFO’s Open Transceiver System (OTS)

Introducing a new concept for the latest Power Blazer modules: EXFO’s Open Transceiver System (OTS). The OTS is an innovative, evolutionary design enabling any transceiver (now or future) to fit into an EXFO test solution. Benefits include:

• Experience ultimate flexibility—swap out OTS modules right in the field, lab or on the production floor, choosing only the ones needed for whichever applications, rates or technologies under test.
• Save tens of thousands of dollars by eliminating the necessity to completely replace an expensive testing module. Instead, change a less costly OTS module and extend the life of testing equipment.
• Support multiple transceiver types simultaneously with a future-proof architecture designed to handle both current and upcoming high-speed transceiver technologies as they are developed and launched.

Support for multiple transceiver types

 From left to right they are: Dual SFP28Single CFP4Dual QSFP28Sync

Dual SFP28

  • 10G / 25G / FC32x data rates
  • Ethernet Dual Port testing (EBERT, RFC2544, ESAM, TGEN), OTN, SONET/SDH, FC testing
  • The dual port can be shared with another OTS module, one port from each OTS module

Dual QSFP28

  • 40G/100G data rates
  • Framed Ethernet Dual Port testing (EBERT, RFC2544, ESAM, TGEN), OTN testing
  • The dual port can be shared with another OTS module, one port from each OTS module

Single CFP4

  • 100G data rate
  • Ethernet Dual Port testing (EBERT, RFC2544, ESAM, TGEN), OTN testing
  • The dual port can be shared with another OTS module, one port from each OTS module


  • Built-in GPS
  • Ideal solution for latency and clock testing
  • Next-generation timing application