FiberXpert OTDR 5000 - Troubleshoot and measure distance to fault on multi-mode and single-mode fibers

Article number: 226534

Fiber optic network component identification, fault detection, and distance to fault - made easy

Traditionally, copper communication cables have been utilized for short distances in industrial and enterprise applications. However, when it comes to meeting the demands for higher bandwidth, fiber optic cables are increasingly required even in these short haul applications. Furthermore, installation of optical fibers requires clean working conditions, correct procedures and a fair amount of knowledge, and is particularly challenging in short haul applications with tight space limitations. 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. The FiberXpert OTDR 5000 detects fiber network components, faults, distance to fault, and can be connected to an optical fiber microscope critical to checking and proving cleanliness of end surfaces.

FiberXpert OTDR 5000 - The Complete Solution

After a fiber optic cable installation, wouldn't it be nice to have an x-ray device that would allow you to see through walls and check bend radius, splices, breaks, and connectors? The FiberXpert uses optical time domain reflectometery to send a light pulse through the fiber and then measure the reflected signal profile to check bend radius, splices, breaks, and connectors. In fact, these components, fault types, and distance to fault are all graphically displayed on the FiberXpert. The FiberXpert optical time domain reflectometer is a complete solution with both multi-mode 850/1300 nm and single-mode 1310/1550 nm. For both multi-mode and single-mode fibers, the FiberXpert OTDR 5000 has a high dynamic range with event dead zone less than 80 cm for measuring and documenting short fiber links to global standards and for identifying faults.

The attenuation measurement and an optical power level analyzer allow you to precisely determine the link attenuation and measure the output of active network components. The automatic pass/fail analysis compares values against global TIA/IEC standards and limits. FiberXpert is compliant with Tier 2 Standards, meaning FiberXpert is compliant to Tier 1 Light Source and Power Meter (LSPM) and Tier 2 Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR). Furthermore, you will be able to address the source of most network failures by connecting the compatible fiber optic microscope via USB to easily and quickly check and document cleanliness of fiber ends and link end surfaces in accordance with IEC 61300-3-35.

PRO Launch Cords for FiberXpert

Launch cords reveal insertion loss and reflectance of the near-end connection. Softing has twelve optional launch cords covering SC, ST, and SC type connections in both multi-mode and single-mode. The ECO version is an economical version wound manually on a real. The PRO version is automatically wound via a dog-leash style retractable device allowing convenient roll-out, coil up, and protection for your launch cord.

FiberXpert OTDR 5000 for multi-mode and single-mode 850/1300/1310/1550 nm

  • Compliant to Tier 2 Standards of fiber optic cabling, which includes both Tier 1 Light Source Power Meter (LSPM) and Tier 2 Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR)
  • Automatic Pass/Fail analysis of the test results compared to limits specified by TIA/IEC
  • Graphical display of OTDR trace provides on-screen images and read-out of distance between connectors, splices, and end of cable using reflection and attenuation analysis
  • All fiber link events and analysis conveniently listed in a table of results
  • Automatic macro-bend detection; increasingly important as installation space gets tighter
  • Built-in optical loss test set to help you formally accept end-to-end loss specifications
  • Optional high precision fiber inspection probe for detecting dirty and damaged connectors
  • Large color LCD touch screen, and hands-free neck strap
  • Generate professional reports with Softing's included eXport software; FiberXpert and WireXpert integrated to one reporting software platform


  • FiberXpert helps you ensure the highest quality installation and fiber optic performance of cable, connectors, and splices in new fiber links
  • The automated pass/fail detection and graphical indication saves time analyzing and provides an intuitive measurement results display
  • Rugged housing, protective rubber boot, convenient hands-free harness is ideal for construction sites
  • Reduce maintenance costs and increase flexibility due to interchangeable optical connectors on the measurement module
  • Improved workflow driving best practices to IEC standards

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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