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The main features and components in the OTDR include a bidirectional coupler, a pulsed laser, and a detector. These are all hidden within the housing. The device features a large screen that contains the readouts to determine the quality and “health” of the fiber optic cable. Some of the units have all analog controls, and others have a combination of analog and touch screen controls. Controls on most of the devices are simple enough to use, but only for those who understand how to use the machines. They are very specialized.
How otdrs work
The device sends out a number of optical pulses into a fiber cable that it is testing. It picks up on the scattered light that comes from the fiber, and they use this information to characterize the fiber. It allows them to see if there is something wrong with the cable and whether it needs replacement. It also allows them to see whether they have any issues right after the initial installation.
An OTDR, or Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, is an important tool when it comes to the telecommunications field. The primary use of this tool is to allow companies to certify how well their fiber optic links are operating. Whether you are testing brand new lines and links to see how well they work, they are great for maintenance and detecting when problems arise. Having a high quality network infrastructure is essential for any telecommunications company, so these tools are ideal for installers, as well as contractors.