AFL WDM900 Lightwave Test Set provides sophisticated performance analysis for DWDM test

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in Industry News, News

AFL says the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set provides sophisticated performance analysis for DWDM test. The WDM900 enables users to find, analyze, document, and report issues related to optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), wavelength drift, and channel power. Designed for outside plant and central office conditions, the WDM900 employs a solid state, no-moving-parts design and resists the vibration, mechanical shock, and temperature and humidity changes that often damage or disable other WDM analysis systems, the company says.

“Wireless backhaul and metro Ethernet access networks are rapidly transitioning to DWDM technology. Network managers are learning that the tools available to them today: complex, delicate, high-cost optical spectrum analyzers and overly simplified channel checkers do not meet their needs,” said Bill Thompson, senior product marketing manager for AFL’s test equipment division. “The WDM900 combines integrated photonics technology with an advanced AFL Health Meter display on a proven product platform to deliver the power of an optical spectrum analyzer with the speed, economic value, and the ruggedness of a channel checker.”

Designed for ease-of-use, the WDM900 enables first-time users to find and document OSNR, wavelength drift, and channel power-related issues across their entire network in less than a minute, according to AFL. The user can then generate a comprehensive report onboard the unit that can be easily shared. Unlike legacy optical spectrum analyzers, the WDM900 requires minimal training.

The AFL Health Meter validates each DWDM channel against user-defined pass/fail criteria and immediately tells the user the health of their network. With a single touch, the technician can then identify measurement details to confirm the exact issue.