Saturday, July 9, 2016

How to Find the Damaged Point from an OTDR Report

OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) is an opto-electronic device mainly used to find a damaged point of a fiber optic cable. Here is a sample report generated by an OTDR.
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Find the red circled area. You will see a reading for A --> B:   583.32 m   there on the above report. It is where the damage is. If you are using the OTDR to find a physical damage of the cable, which you will only use the OTDR for, this is the only important reading you should care.

Following is a full report generated by an OTDR. Try to find the damage point by reading it. It's 56.86 m