How to Certify Fiber Optic Cable at 850nm and 1310nm Wavelengths

How to Certify Fiber Optic Cable at 850nm and 1310nm Wavelengths


– Hey what’s up guys? I’m Mercy with Discount Low Voltage and if you’re looking to
certify fiber optic cable the easy way, you’ve
came to the right place. Now, after you’ve checked
out our YouTube channel, if you’ve seen our videos before, you probably bumped into one
that’s gotten a lot of traffic. That, maybe you’ve watched it, it’s come in handy when you gotta test fiber. It’s called “How to Test db Loss,” so it’s a fantastic video. Basically, the rundown’s
pretty much the same. The tester is a little bit
different so, it is a certifier. And nowadays with projects,
a lot of public jobs, government agencies, bigger
projects, they want… if they put out a request for a quote, they are gonna want it certified. So, I’m gonna show you
guys how to do that. And, with this tester,
save you a couple bucks, compared to some of the other
high end ones on the market. And you’ll be able to offer
certification to your customers, making you some extra
cash so, let’s get to it. Okay, so here is the fiber
certification test kit. Lets go ahead and crack that open. There we go. And on the left, you
have your power meter. That’s the WaveTester. And to the right, you have your
Dual OWL and your Laser OWL. What’s included, here we go. We got a little package here, what’s inside this little bad boy? Got a USB cable for when
you plug it in you laptop. Now that’s a thumb drive with
Software & Documentation. I didn’t even use that. I’ll show you guys what
to do with that later. Now this does include, do
not lose that right there, that’s the LC screw on. We’ll check that out a little later. Now what else is included,
underneath everything, you have a… here we go, an Optical Power Meter Certification of Calibration. This is very important. You’re gonna need that. Should always have something like that when you buy a neat tester like this. And you also have some guides, as far as, how to test, cleaning, that sort of thing. Now, as I mentioned, this is
the power meter right here. There’s a save button,
on/off, zero units, auto. And right there, there’s the screw on. That’s for the SC or ST ferrule. There’s the back of it. Looks a little funky but that’s because there’s a case on it so you
wanna go ahead and take that off when you gotta replace the battery. And it does take nine volt
batteries for all three of these. And straight from the manufacturer, they do include Duracell. That’s a nice touch. I hate going to look for batteries. Now there’s the LC,
that’s the smaller size. The ferrule is one point two five in size. The one with the ST and
SC is two point five. Now today, I’m gonna
give you guys an example. We’re gonna test, we’re
gonna certify the fiber. But we’re gonna certify with LC connectors so lets take that screw off, on. And lets put on the LC one. And put the SC one ST one back in the bag so you don’t lose it. Keep it in a safe spot. These are very expensive to believe it or not, to
replace so don’t lose them. Okay, there we go. And this is the WaveTester. There’s the on and off
button, let’s turn it on. Now, the other two
units that are included, are the light source. The multi-mode one is the Dual OWL. And, this is the SC kit. There’s the SC. There’s also an ST but, don’t worry about whether you get SC or ST or not. Because, you’re always gonna
have a send and receive jumper so, that’s out the window. And this is the 1310,
this is the single mode. This one only test one wavelength. And the other one, it’s identical. And this is the Dual OWL. This is the 850 wavelength. And there you go. And it also has the SC. There’s the back of it, nine
volt battery as I mentioned. And there’s what I just
mentioned, the 850 wavelength. And when you turn it on, there we go, that’s what it’ll look
like when you turn it on. Now datasheet, I do wanna
mention, it’s on our website. Here’s a quick look at it. There’s all kind, if you want some more, of detailed information, specifications. There we go. Features, certification
of multi-mode links, 850, 1310 multi, storage up to 200 data points. And those are the Supported
Cabling Standards right there. And we’ll dive into those a bit later on when we upload the software. And the Kit Contents, The Power Meter, the light source, the
Dual OWL, the Laser OWL. And page two is the specifications, you’ll get a lot of other
detailed information. For example, the battery
life is 40 hours so. It’s in the download
section of this product on the website discountlowvoltage.com so. Now, we’re gonna zero
out the unit at first. This is very simple to do, but you’re not gonna wanna
forget about doing this. Now, we’re gonna zero or we’re gonna test 1310 single mode fiber. 1310’s just the wavelength so. What we’re gonna start
off with is a jumper. Now, as I mentioned,
one side’s gonna be SC. The other side’s gonna be LC because we’re testing LC… cables today. Now thinking about it, probably didn’t need to remove that LC adapter screw-on, but there’s a quick
look at the connectors. Go head and remove the cover there. Do not, keep in mind, to keep
everything nice and clean. Dirt and dust is the number
one problem with fiber issues. So, troubleshooting, you might want to look into some cleaning products. Now go ahead and plug
the SC in on that side, and the other side you wanna go ahead and plug your LC connector
into that bad boy. Go ahead and turn the unit on. Now, it should show up
there’s a 1310 wavelength. That’s the only thing it’ll test. And as you can tell,
the battery to the left shows you got a brand
new battery in there. It’s full. Go ahead and turn on the power,
excuse me, the Laser OWL. Which is the light source, 1310. And you’ll notice it says,
point 10 negative dB. So, you wanna go ahead and it’s very simple to zero out the unit. Go ahead and just press the button. And it’ll do all the work for ya. That way, it kinda evens everything out. It knows you got a jumper in between. There we go! It’s zero. Now, you’re set. You’re ready to go
ahead and test your lake from building to building. Now the… Do not turn it off, okay. Leave this on. You can unplug the jumper, but you do not wanna turn
off either unit because, then you’d have to zero it out again. So, nine volt battery,
40 hours of battery life, it’s okay, the battery’s
gonna last a little while. Let’s go ahead and plug this in. Let’s get to it. Whoa! Check out that loss. Oh, that’s right, nothing’s plugged in. So, alright, let’s plug something in. Now, for this example,
I just wanna give you for example, there’s one wall
box and another wall box. Pretend that, one’s a building,
the other’s a building, there’s the adapter panel inside, and a good rule of thumb
you’re always supposed to have, wall boxes or rack mount trays, that sort of thing, that you don’t ever wanna mess up your link cable. It’s easier to replace a patch jumper but, that’s another story for another day. But right there, pretend that’s your, I don’t know, your underground cable that’s in a conduit building the building. Okay. There we go! Now we have it plugged in. It’s very straight forward. So we have the light
source with that jumper. We didn’t turn anything off. You plug it into the port
that you want to test, and it’ll go from that
building, through the strand, to the other building, out that same port, and then, out that port, the signals going through that jumper and you’re gonna plug it into your power meter. And lets see what kind of result we get with that power meter. Okay, there we go. Was a lot of loss there
but, nothing’s plugged in. Let’ go ahead and plug this bad boy in. The LC connector. Okay! Point six zero, point five nine, you wanna go ahead and
press the save button. Hold it down for a sec,
pretty straight forward. There we go, zero zero one. You have your first strand saved. And you wanna go ahead
and repeat the process and just plug everything
into the next port. Now LC originally started
off as lucent connector, so that’s kind of where the credit goes lucent back in the day. Now, another way a lot of people refer to it as is LC
little connector because it’s smaller than the other ones. Now you wanna just plug it into the next port that you need to test. Plug that jumper back in. As you can tell, this
one has a point two zero. Press the save button. Boom! There it is; number two. You have number two saved. Okay so, before we move on, I do want to apologize for
the next minute of video. It’s a little loud in the server rooms. So, the audio is not too good. I should’ve brought a mic but, I wanted you guys to get a better feel for this part at the job site. I took this for a, with a customer and showed them how to
use it, how to certify the 12 strands of singlemode
that were at the job site. So I wanted to save results and we’ll get to the software, we’ll print it out, and I’ll show you guys how,
what 12 strands look like, when you print out your
report, what to expect. So, you want to go ahead and turn it on. This is the power meter. And you turn on your laser source. It was at 10 dB. You wanna go ahead and
just zero out the unit. After you do that, do not
turn it off, leave it on. And then we can go ahead and get to it. Okay, so, just to give
you another example, sorry if it’s loud in here. You’re gonna do the same
thing, now we’re in a working spot in a work environment, just wanna take a look. And we’ll cruise on over
here with the camera. So this is what it would look like. You would set it up,
that’s how you do it here. You also may wanna follow,
it really helps out, to follow a fiber optic color code. We pulled one up online, I
always forget where it is. And then you wanna go ahead and test for one strand to the other. When it comes to your
tester, you wanna go ahead and just press the save, and
then, go to the next strand, save, go to the next one strand. You’re also moving it
on the other side so. Okay, now that we have
our 12 stands saved, let’s go ahead and get to the software. Okay so now we’re getting to the software, from the manufacture owl-inc.com. We’ve been buying from these guys for, I think it’s been over 20 years. They’ve been a good company to work with. So, check them out. Now as you can tell, there’s a lot of information here on their website. The software, the literature, the videos. Now we’re looking for the
Owl Reporter Software. That’s what we need right there. And there’s a little link below it if you’re having troubles
with Windows 8 and 10. You might wanna check that out. So head and click on that and when you get to the page, there’s gonna be a couple other examples you could see what the
software’s gonna do. But you wanna go head and click that. It’ll take you back to another page right where you need
to download everything. Okay? So lets see, full report,
USB drivers support. Okay, window, here we go. Let’s go ahead and download that. Just a quick open when done; okay. Alright, fast forward. Let’s just not wait for that. That’s gonna take forever. Here we go. Come on! Here we go; come on! Ahhh, ahhhh, ahhhhh. Install OWL Reporter. There you go. You wanna press okay and it’ll
do its thing right there. Pretty straight forward and easy. We’ll give it a sec here. Okay, there we go. And the software should pop up here. There we go. Optical Wavelength Laboratories. Nice name; that’s what OWL stands for. So you wanna go ahead and check that out. (mumbles), but just
install the USB drivers. Click next. Pretty easy. I’m sure you guys have installed who knows how many programs. Install OWL Reporter. That’s what we need. Install our drivers first. Then the owl reporter. Next, install, next, reboot the computer. Computer. Finish. Okay, now that our computer is rebooted, there we go; recently added. Click the OWL Reporter. Bam! Let’s go ahead and download our stuff. Whoops, forgot to turn the unit on while it’s plugged in to the
laptop with the USB cable. Let’s try that download again. There we go. In the bottom you’ll see
that it says searching. Reading the data. Okay. Let’s select the standard
ref for this link. There’s the, that’s the most
common one of single mode. Of course, there’s all the other standards that you can select from. And there are the wavelengths
I’ve talked about. This one only does the 1310 and the 850; and valid fiber types. So were doing indoor, single mode fiber. That’s what we did. You guys saw us at the job site. It was feet; 250 feet. Click next. And the number of
connectors for this length; we were going from adapter
panel to adapter panel, and that’s it, so there’s two. And we weren’t making any
splices for this link, so we’re gonna leave that at zero. Now this would be a certified. You can go ahead and hit new organization. You buy this, this is
your company, your name, you can go ahead and put
in your company name there and it’ll show up on the
report, which is pretty cool. Discount hyphen L O W Voltage dot com. Okay, telephone, 8887973697
and go ahead and click okay. Next. And you can go ahead and enter the date of when you took the test. There we go, next. Enter a name for this link; I don’t know. We’ll just call it Los Angeles, ’cause that’s where the
job site was at, by LAX. A nightmare over there, traffic wise. Well, you guys would know
if you’ve been over there. But okay, so here we go. This is an example of
what it’s gonna look like once you fill in the information. Number of connected pairs, 2, spliced, cable types, the standard. Circuit test results and right up there, get familiar with the buttons. They’re pretty straight forward. Next, and as you can tell it goes to the next circuit ID; number
2, number 3, number 4, number 5, 6, 7. So that’ll give you the
report for all of ’em there. If you wanna go ahead
and glance at everything right off the bat. We don’t wanna delete anything. So we wanna go ahead and
we click that arrow button. It took us to the circuit result summary. Pretty straight forward. Everything passed; 10. And there is the system overhead. And as you can tell, it
only shows one through ten, but if you click the next button, it’ll go to 11; there we go, and 12. Preview, save, there’s
the other button’s file and another thing I do wanna mention; there’s an option here where you can import your company logo. That’s pretty cool. Software; there’s not a
lot of bells and whistles. It’s pretty straight forward and simple. You guys should be able to pick it up. A lot easier than the software I’m using for editing and making this video for ya. So here we go, when
you wanna print it out, you gonna wanna go ahead and
maybe save this as a PDF. Save it, and then you can
just say, I don’t know. What do we wanna call this? Once you save it as a PDF. It’s easy. As you know, email that
PDF to your customer, and we’ll go ahead and save
this on the desktop here. And let’s open it, so you can get a feel for what it looks like. So right here, we saved,
we only saved the optical, we only saved the circuit
summary report, okay? Now the circuit summary report
just gives you one page. One through twelve. It’ll tell you the DB loss, which is pretty much what people want. They just wanna know the DB loss. And as you can tell, Los Angeles. And on the bottom, you
can have your employee; whoever did the test,
autograph it, customer, date. It’s a nice touch. Now, that’s just the circuit summary. Go ahead an let’s go
back to that software. Right there we had the loss up top. There’s one through twelve. Let’s close that out. Now, let’s move it over to over head. Click that arrow ’cause
that’ll show everything here. There we go. So that’ll give us all that information. Let’s go ahead and hit
print preview this time. And as you can tell, we’re on page one. Now page one is for length one and it’ll give us all the information. Page two, all the
information for page two. Page three, page eight; pass and fail. There we go. So as you guys can tell, it’ll give you all the information and pass/ fail, right there on the bottom. DB loss, and you got a little bit more than just a DB loss report. For just a little bit
more bang for the buck. Pass/ Fail. I always forget about these
DB, what’s the minimum here? So a nice fail or pass
is pretty convenient. Okay so there you have it. There’s a, here’s a great example on how to certify your fiber optic cable length. Now, before we move
on, I do wanna mention; I almost forgot, comment below. Any questions you might have, go ahead and leave that there and we’ll do our best to get back to ya. And also, don’t forget to
check out the YouTube channel and to subscribe. I think we got over 200 videos. I think there’s a playlist
with just fiber optics, so you’ll really like that if you’re into this kind of stuff. So, check that out. Now, back to the certifier here. This is a great tester for the money. It’s just a little bit
more than the tester that does the DB loss. I really like it. And there is one thing I do wanna mention. This is a, I had a conversation
with the manufacturer, and if you print out a report
that says pass or fail, technically, that is a certification. The one thing I do wanna mention, is this would be great for
maybe the plant manager, the IT manager, you gotta
run some cable here, you want it certified. You don’t remember what
the DB loss requirement, what’s the most you’re allowed per run? That sorta thing. You wanna just a yes or no
whether it passes or fails. That’s pretty nice. Make it a little more simple for ya. But if that’s the case, it’d
be good for those kind of guys. Maybe the smaller contractor, who wants to give his customers something a little more than a DB loss. You can do a nice printout
report as you can see, but if you’re a larger contractor and you gotta do the
record from here, here, here all spliced together, the OWL Seven certifier’s gonna
be a much better fit for ya. So were gonna do a video on that one soon, so go ahead and keep up subscribing, and keep up to date, but the other thing I do wanna mention, is the actual standard calls out when you start looking at quotes for your larger contractors, you know, it calls out the you have to certify, the certification is standard is actually to certify a certification
is usually both wavelengths for the printout. So for school districts,
some of the higher, big, big you know, installs, you’ll probably see that
in the request for quote, you’ll see the certification and they’ll mention that
they want both wavelengths. The single mode there is, for example, we did the 1310 here, they want a record of
also the 1550 wavelength. So keep that in mind. This only does one wavelength. It is a certifier but it’s you know, it’s not to the standard that
requires both wavelengths, but you know, that’s
quite a bit more money. If you want something
with a little bit of pow, a little bit more than
just your DB loss tester, this is a great unit here for
ya so can’t go wrong with it. Questions, comments, subscribe. Leave ’em below, and thank you. Later. (slow rock music)

Danny Hutson

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