Anritsu Company has introduced a video inspection probe (VIP) measurement mode for its Microwave Site Master S820E and Site Master S331L cable and antenna analyzers. The VIP mode specifically addresses the ever-growing requirement to inspect optical fiber cables used to carry traffic data and signaling up/down to/from the radio hardware in modern wireless communication systems.
Dirty optical fiber connectors typically account for at least 75 percent of failures found in the field. Today it is becoming mandatory for installers and maintenance crews to provide reports validating the fiber connector condition with pass/fail data and images as part of the close-out package.
Using VIP mode with an Anritsu-supported VIP, field engineers and technicians are now able to perform visual inspections on fiber optic connectors and automatically conduct pass/fail testing according to the IEC 61300-3-35 standard. This capability combined with the existing standard measurements of the Site Master S820E or S331L allow users to complete the coaxial and optical testing needed to validate site installation with a single instrument. In addition to measuring optical links typically found in RRH/BBU configurations, VIP mode can also be used to verify fiber connections commonly found in modern microwave backhaul radio systems. www.anritsu.com