Rising to the multiservice field-testing challenges of today and offering the scalability to cover the unforeseeable future, EXFO’s FTB/IQS-88100NGE (10M to 100G) and FTB/IQS-88100G (40G/100G) Power Blazer test modules have been designed to specifically address high-speed applications. Housing the FTB/IQS-88100NGE in EXFO’s FTB-2 Pro or IQS-600 platforms provides the most compact 10M-to-100G testing solution on the market and supports a wide range of technologies, including legacy TDM and new packet-based services. This EXFO innovation sets a new benchmark: 10M-to-100G Ethernet, OTU1 to OTU4 (including standard and overclocked rates) and OC-1/STM-0 to OC-768/STM-256—all in one compact, powerful solution. Furthermore, both the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and the FTB/IQS-88100G are EXFO Connect-ready, which means that both technicians and managers can reap the benefits of EXFO’s FTB cloud-based services.
The FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer introduces new OPEX and CAPEX saving factors, as its FLEX configuration capitalizes on EXFO’s flexible platform architecture to enable any testing capability from 10M to 100G—anywhere, anytime with a simple point-and-click to enable software options. This flexibility guarantees a cost-effective, future-proof offering and ensures immediate access to testing capabilities and faster service provisioning, while avoiding unnecessary costs related to shipping back test equipment. In addition, because the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and the FTB/IQS-88100G are housed in the FTB-2 Pro compact platform, they provide you with the added benefits of EXFO’s FTB Ecosystem—including EXFO Connect automated, cloud-based asset and test data management, in addition to EXFO’s Update Manager software utility, allowing you to streamline test operations from build-out to maintenance.
Regardless of the fact that high-speed technologies and next-generation networks are becoming more and more complex, the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and FTB/IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules address all field-testing needs up to 100 Gbit/s without sacrificing simplicity. Thanks to EXFO’s highly intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), streamlined procedures and predefined configurations, these modules require minimal to no training for new users. Furthermore, with unmatched connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet or USB ports, the FTB-2 Pro Windows-based platform is accessible in any environment and at any time, reducing unnecessary tier-2 technician dispatching and truck rolls to remote sites. In addition, the FTB-500 and IQS-600 platforms allow you to customize your testing solution. Combine the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and the FTB/IQS-88100G Power Blazer modules with any EXFO optical module for fiber characterization and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) qualification, and run them simultaneously to speed up testing and accelerate time-to-service.
With the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer, you can preconfigure OTN (from OTU1 to OTU4, including standard and overclocked rates), Ethernet (from 10M to 100G), and SONET/SDH (from OC-3/STM-1 to OC-768/STM-256) BER test parameters prior to arrival at the test site, and then load them from the Favorites menu with one click. The same flexibility is available on the FTB/IQS-88100G for supported 40G/100G rates, allowing for simple BER testing with no risk of misconfiguration between two remote sites. Furthermore, the preconfigured Favorites can be copied from one platform to another or even sent to technicians out in the field via e-mail, where they can load them using the USB port on their platform. Once the BER test has started, the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and FTB/IQS-88100G provide clear results, assorted notifications and real-time pass/fail status via text or icons. Clicking on the pass/fail indicator maximizes this important status to full screen, providing instant, easily understood notification, whether a given unit is in your hand or across the room.
The FTB/IQS-88100NGE and FTB/IQS-88100G offer an automated RFC 2544 test suite for all supported Ethernet interfaces on both modules at all frame sizes and at full line rate, delivering repeatable test results and error-free circuit certification at 100% utilization. RFC 2544 is complemented by five Smart Loopback modes. So, whether you are looking to pinpoint loopback traffic from a user-datagram protocol (UDP) or transmission-control-protocol (TCP) layer, or all the way down to a completely promiscuous mode (Transparent Loopback), the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and FTB/IQS-88100G can adjust to all loopback situations where the remote unit will return traffic to the local unit by swapping packet overhead up to layer 4 of the OSI stack. The Ethernet performance assessment capabilities of the FTB/IQS-88100NGE and FTB/IQS-88100G also include test reports with detailed throughput, frame loss, back-to-back and latency measurements, and clear histograms for future reference regarding specific SLAs.
With more and more Ethernet services being activated today, the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard addresses the growing demand for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. Supported on the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer module for 10M-to-100G Ethernet client services, this new methodology brings numerous advantages, including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and quality-of-service (QoS) measurements, as well as faster time-to-service. EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services. EtherSAM can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services. Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in better troubleshooting, more accurate validation and much faster deployment. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases: the service configuration test and the service performance test.