Although the optical TAP is a passive device, this device must be tested to ensure quality standards. The measurement of an optical TAP cannot be done precisely with any cheap power meter. A low-quality power meter would test every link, but there would be several shortcomings as listed below.
An optical power meter is not the right tool to measure an optical TAP. An optical power meter is designed to measure fibres and not optical splitters. “Cubro searched long for a commercial solution to get a good fast measured repeatable result, but there was no solution available. Eventually, we decided to develop our own product. We started a development process with the technical university of Vienna. The result of this long research and development process, is the Cubro Optomat, a fully automated test solution for optical TAPs. Our research allowed us to identify common mistakes, issues, and challenges associated with the measurement tool power meter. Based on these insights, we developed Cubro Optomat, which we verified and tested to see results. We are proud of this new product which offers several advantages compared to the previous tool used for measuring an optical TAP”, said Christian Ferenz, CEO-Cubro Network Visibility.
Cubro Optomat Advantages
The image shows the measurement row from an MTP TAP 8 links. Each is measured eight times in 10 seconds, and you can also see the repeated result which confirms the accuracy. A one-time measurement is not enough, especially for multimode TAPs.
About Cubro Network Visibility
For carriers, data centres, defence organisations and all enterprises who want to secure and manage the growing network traffic by having complete network visibility, Cubro Network Visibility offers solutions that deliver high ROI, cutting-edge features, and exceptional reliability. Unlike other companies, Cubro does not burden customers with annual port and software licensing fees. Our network visibility products offer simple and scalable solutions through applications like monitoring, filtering, aggregation, and metadata extraction which result in improved network performance.