Troubleshooting Cable, Port, Polarity and Transceiver Issues
Published on : Wednesday 01-12-2021
Fluke Networks announces FiberLert, the first live fiber detector sized and priced for anyones pocket.
Fluke Networks has announced the FiberLert™ Live Fiber Detector, a pocket-sized tester that detects invisible near-infrared (850 – 1625 nm) wavelengths used in fiber optic communications. When placed in front of an active fiber optic port or patch cord, the tester emits a continuous light and optional tone. Unlike more complex testers, the FiberLert requires no setup or interpretation of measurement readings on the part of the user.
“There are a lot of network engineers and technicians who need to test and troubleshoot fiber connections on an occasional basis but lack the tools and expertise to do so,” said Adrian Young, product manager for FiberLert. “So they are forced to guess as to the cause of a communication issue and replace components such as transceivers and patch cords in the hope of solving the issue.”
FiberLert removes the guesswork by clearly indicating where the signal is present and where it is not. This allows users to quickly pinpoint and remedy the cause of the problem, such as a failed transceiver or failed patch cord. FiberLert supports single-mode, multimode, UPC/APC patch cords and ports and can test without contacting the port or patch cord, reducing the risk of contamination or damage.
“Where I work, reconfiguring fiber patch panels is a regular chore. Unfortunately, we don’t have dedicated fiber experts,” said Stuart Kendrick, industry blogger and systems engineer at a Seattle biomedical research organisation. “The FiberLert accelerates this process by allowing anyone on our busy team to determine if the ticket that says the pathway is no longer in use is correct. If we remove the patch cord and FiberLert tells us it’s inactive, we will safely repurpose that link. If FiberLert says it’s active, we quickly plug the cord back in and note that our documentation is incorrect and needs updating.”
FiberLert’s LightBeat™ feature flashes the LED, indicating a powered-on condition and good battery. A timer shuts the tester off after five minutes of inactivity to extend battery life. Rugged design includes a convenient pocket clip and is backed by a two-year warranty.
The Fluke Networks FiberLert Live Fiber Detector is available for purchase from resellers worldwide or directly through fluke.com for US customers at a price of $129.99.
Fluke Networks is the worldwide leader in certification, troubleshooting, and installation tools for professionals who install and maintain critical network cabling infrastructure. From installing the most advanced data centres to restoring service on the factory floor, our combination of legendary reliability and unmatched performance ensure jobs are done efficiently. The company’s flagship products include the innovative LinkWare™ Live, the world’s leading cloud-connected cable certification solution with over fifty million results uploaded to date.
For more information about Fluke Networks FiberLert, please visit www.flukenetworks.com/MeetFiberLert.