FiberXpert OTDR 5000 - Measuring multimode/single mode fibers

Certification of fiber optic networks made easy

Fiber optic cables are now an integral element in industrial networks, even for short distances, when it comes to meeting the demands for higher bandwidth. Installation of optical fibers, however, requires clean working conditions, correct procedures and a fair amount of knowledge. Cleanliness, in particular, plays an important role in the optical fibers themselves. According to a study by NTT Advanced Network Technology, dirty fiber end surfaces or connectors are responsible for up to 96 percent of network failures. Therefore, it is a good idea to select an easy-to-operate OTDR that can be connected via interfaces to an optical fiber microscope.

Smart Link Mapper (SLM)

Smart Link Mapper translates a difficult-to-understand OTDR measurement into a clear, easy-to-read diagram of the measured link. From the diagram, the pass/fail information of each event on the link, such as connectors or splices, can be read directly. The often-difficult interpretation of an OTDR trace thus becomes child's play.

The FiberXpert OTDR 5000 is the first choice for this

The handy, optical time domain reflectometer is available as a combi-device for multimode 850/1300 nm and single mode 1310/1550 nm. For both multimode and single mode fibers, the FiberXpert OTDR 5000 has a very high dynamic range with an event dead zone of < 80 cm, meaning that it is designed for measuring and documenting short fiber links in accordance with standards and for identifying any faults. Further measurement functions, such as attenuation measurement and an optical power level analyzer, allow you to exactly determine the link attenuation and measure the output of active network components. The automatic pass/fail analysis takes place in accordance with the TIA/IEC limits. With this OTDR, standard-compliant tier 2 measurements are as easy as creating professional measurement protocols. Using the new matching optical fiber microscope - which can easily be connected to the OTDR via USB - fiber ends and link end surfaces can be quickly checked and assessed in accordance with IEC 61300-3-35. And all this at just the touch of a button.

Protection for launch fibers

The launch fibers can be wound onto the optional “Launch Cords” and can be rolled out and coiled up again easily. The fiber is ideally protected - in the PRO variants, the coiling up takes place automatically.

FiberXpert OTDR 5000 for multimode/single mode 850/1300/1310/1550 nm

  • Standard-compliant tier 2 measurement of fiber optic cables
  • Tabular list of link events including their evaluation
  • Graphical display of reflection curve for a length-dependent evaluation of all events in terms of reflection and attenuation
  • Automatic pass/fail analysis of measurement results in accordance with the TIA/IEC limits
  • Automatic macrobend identification
  • Integrated attenuation analyzer
  • Professional measurement protocols thanks to eXport evaluation software
  • Large color touch display
  • Optional optical fiber microscope including adapter for the most common fiber optic connectors


  • Improved workflow with hands-free solution driving best practices to IEC standards
  • The automated pass/fail detection directly gives an indication if there is something wrong and safes time analysing measurement results.
  • Using the FiberXpert gives you the possibility to ensure highest quality connectorizing, splicing and turn-of of new fiber links
  • Ruggedized housing with protective rubber boot for work on construction sites.
  • Reduce maintenance costs and increase flexibility due to interchangable optical connectors at the measurement module.

Technical Details

General (Typical at 25°C)


0.4 kg (0.88 lb)

Dimensions (w × h × d)

128x134x40 mm
(5x5.28x1.58 in)

Optical Interfaces

Interchangeable optical connectors

FC, SC, DIN, and ST

Technical Characteristics

Laser safety class (21 CFR)

Class 1

Distance units

Kilometers, feet, and miles

Group index range

1.300000 to 1.700000 in 0.00001 steps

Number of data points

Up to 128,000 data points

Distance measurement

Automatic or dual cursor

Display range

3.25 m to 260 km

Cursor resolution

1 cm

Sampling resolution

4 cm


±1 m ± 10-5 x distance ± sampling resolution
(excluding group index uncertainties)

Attenuation Measurement

Automatic, manual, 2-point, 5-point, and LSA
Display range

1.25 dB to 55 dB

Display resolution

0.001 dB

Cursor resolution

0.001 dB


±0.03 dB/dB


0.01 to 5.99 dB in 0.01 dB steps

Reflectance/ORL Measurements

Reflectance accuracy

±2 dB

Display resolution

0.01 dB


−11 to −99 dB in 1 dB steps

CW Source

CW Source output power level

−3.5 dBm

Operating modes

CW, 270 Hz, 330 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, TWINTest

Power Meter

Power level range

MM: −3 to −30 dBm
SM: −2 to −50 dBm

Calibrated wavelengths

MM: 850 and 1300 nm
SM: 1310, 1490, 1550, 1625, 1650 nm

Measurement accuracy

MM: ±1 dB (using a mode conditioner)
SM: ±0.5 dB

Quad OTDR Module (typical at 25°C)

Central wavelength (Laser at 25°C)

MM:850/1300 ±30 nm
SM:1310/1550 ±20 nm

Pulse width

MM:3 ns to 1 μs
SM:3 ns to 20 μs

RMS dynamic range

MM:26/24 dB
SM:37/35 dB
(the one-way difference between the extrapolated backscattering level at the start of the fiber and the RMS noise level after 3-minutes averaging)

Event dead zone

MM:0.8 m
SM:0.9 m
(measured at ±1.5 dB down from the peak of an unsaturated reflective event)

Attenuation dead zone

MM:4 m
SM:4 m
(measured at ±0.5 dB from the linear regression using an F/UPC-type reflectance)


  • FiberXpert OTDR 5000 handheld device
  • Soft case including shoulder strap
  • Power adapter
  • Hard carrying case
  • Quick start guide
  • CD with documentation



The touchscreen requires a new calibration. Go to the settings menu of the FiberXpert and start calibration.

This could result in data loss if the USB flash drive is being accessed at this very moment. Please make sure always to use the ‚Remove USB device‘ function before removing a USB stick.

How to implement a logo?

1. The logo file must be in JPEG format and should not exceed 600 pixels.
2. Name the file „Logo.jpg“.
3. Copy the logo file to an USB flashdrive.
4. Insert USB flashdrive into FiberXpert OTDR 5000
5. Press „FILE“ on the device
6. Select the Logo file on USB Flashdrive and press Edit

7. Press Copy

8. Select disk

9. Press Paste

Logo file should appear in the root directory (disk) of the device. Don´t erase “template-mylogo” file!
10. Now logo file will be printed on PDF report of the device



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