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M310 DATA CENTRE OTDR with Advanced Event Detection


M310 Enterprise OTDR


M310 Enterprise OTDR with Integrated Optical Power Meter and Visual Fault Locator
NOYES M310 OTDR from AFL is specifically designed, and optimized to address the technical challenges associated with today’s enterprise network architectures and speeds.  Bandwidth demand is accelerating the deployment of 40 and 100G Ethernet. Network uptime is critical in enterprise networks, being able to pinpoint faults to an end of a jumper cable and get the network back on line is crucial.  Inherent in today's data center Top 0f Rack (TOR) and End of Rack (EOR) configurations are ultra-short fiber links with more numerous patch panels, and short jumper cables.

Accurate and reliable auto event analysis is needed to test and document the sheer number of fibers being tested in enterprise networks, and also allow less skilled technicians to effectively use an OTDR. AFL Noyes has spent considerable time researching techniques to improve event analysis. This includes laboratory and field measurements on many types of single mode and multimode networks that contain numerous event combinations. The resulting software algorithms, now incorporated in the M310 OTDR, provide a new level of accuracy and reliability in event analysis, taking full advantage of the unit’s short dead zone in enterprise and data center applications. This means that with the push of a single button users can be confident of obtaining accurate locations and measurements of all events, without the confusing introduction of false events.

The M310 combines ease of use (Touch and Test®) with industry leading specifications in a field rugged, hand-held package. Integrated OTDR, OPM and VFL functionality with inspection capability simplifies setup, testing or troubleshooting and reduces network outage time.

With dead- zones less than 1 m and dynamic ranges of up to 38 dB the M310 is ideal for testing, troubleshooting and documenting Data Center, Enterprise, SAN/LAN/WAN, co-location, campus, Department of Transportation and military single-mode and multimode (62.5 and 50 micron) fiber networks.

M310 Multifunction OTDR Features and Benefits:

  • Industry Leading Event Analysis
  • Short dead zones to help validate and troubleshoot typical Data Center and Enterprise networks comprised of multiple connections and short jumpers.
    • Event Dead Zones 0.8m
    • Attenuation Dead-zones < 3 m
  • Built in Optical Power Meter (OPM)- Test and store both Tier 1 and Tier 2 results in one tester
  • Built in Visual Fault Locator (VFL) - enables technicians to quickly identify fiber faults within OTDR dead zone and verify polarity
  • Front End and First Connector checks - verify launch quality to help users obtain better OTDR trace results
  • Live Fiber Detection and Indication - direct users to validate they are on the correct fiber or turn off the source so they can obtain an OTDR trace
  • Dynamic Range suited testing fibers beyond the Data Center
    • 38 dB Single-mode
    • 30 dB Multimode
  • Inspection ready - the M310 supports the DFS1 Digital FiberScope for inspecting the finish and cleanliness of connector end-faces, which is a leading cause of network failures
  • Fast Real Time OTDR mode for use in troubleshooting or splicing applications
  • Field proven, compact, rugged product packaging is designed for both outside plant use and cramped inside plant environments.

M310 Touch and Test® supports users of all levels
Full Auto Mode – Connect and press test. M310 will detect fiber and set recommended test parameters. Perfect for novice technicians or repair techs quickly looking for faults on fiber spans of unknown length.
Auto-Once Mode – Designed for testing cables with multiple fibers. M310 performs a full auto test on the first fiber and retains recommended settings allowing fast expert-speed testing of subsequent fibers.
Expert Mode – Provides access to testing parameters for experienced users to setup optimal testing scenarios for specific networks.
Real-Time Mode – Fast continuous OTDR operation and display update allows users to dynamically change networks while monitoring OTDR trace results. Example: relaxing fiber bends to reduce attenuation loss.

M310 Touch and Test® Features
Top menu level touch screen access to major test modes allow users to test networks faster- no time wasted with complicated menu structures. The M310 provides one-touch access to OTDR and OPM test modes and DFS inspection mode when enabled.

  • Set Pass/Fail thresholds compliant with TIA/ISO/user-defined values to alert test operators of failing or marginal events.
  • New Job creation editor with detailed job/file naming allows users to quickly create file for storing results with flexibility for custom Job, Route, Cable, Fiber file naming.
  • Structured file management to logically and easily store test results.
  • Results Manager allows in-unit review saved test results and quick selection of previously created jobs for storing current job test results.
  • Access general settings including Date/Time/Number format options and an Auto Off feature.
  • OTDR settings enhanced event measurements with various manual LSA methods available in Expert mode.
  • A simple toggle function enables fast and logical storage of trace, Loss and inspection results from both ends of a fiber/cable.

The M310 supports visual inspection per IEC 61300-3-5 visual inspection practices using a NOYES DFS1 Digital FiberScope providing the user the ability to view and document connector end-face images with their OTDR traces and loss/power measurements
Touch and Test® capabilities simplify the user experience; reduce training time and testing errors enabling even novices to get the job done quickly and accurately.
Data Storage and Reporting Capabilities (TRMTM)
Thousands of test results may be stored internally or on the supplied USB drive. Test results are transferable via USB cable or USB drive to a computer for viewing, printing, and analyzing with the supplied Windows® compatible software - TRM™ 2.0 Basic Analysis and Documentation Software (Test Results Manager). Acceptance reports generated using TRM 2.0 can include OTDR traces with summary and event information with or without pass/fail indication, Event Maps, Loss/Power measurement tables and end-face images.

Please click to learn more about TRM 2.0.
Advanced Analysis Software
The Advanced Analysis software option features macro/microbend detection and bi-directional trace analysis and is available for the M310 and in TRM 2.0 Advanced Analysis PC software. Macro/Microbend detection helps technicians identify installation problems. Excessive bends or stress on fibers will show up as excessive attenuation at higher wavelengths. These bends or stresses are indicated on the Event Table with a special icon. Bi-directional trace analysis, used to resolve errors due to mis-matched single-mode fibers, measures the loss of events in the End 1 to End 2 and End 2 to End 1 directions, then calculates a two-way average of the OTDR's loss measurements, which is the true loss of the event. (see M310 and TRM specification sheets or below for ordering information)
Supported Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Chinese
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