FIP-410B, FIP-415B, FIP-420B, FIP-425B, FIP-430B, FIP-435B
The FIP Fiber Inspection Probe may encounter conditions where the focus is poor and prevent a clear capture and analysis. A crisp and clear image is needed for both automatic and visual analysis.
Below are some troubleshooting steps to help optimize the focus.
Possible Cause 1: Auto-Focus is not available
- On FIP-410B and FIP-420B, Auto-focus is not available. Refer to the user guide or spec sheet for more information.
- On these models, you will need to manually focus with the Focus knob on the probe while maximizing the Focus indicator in the ConnectorMax application.
Possible Cause 2: Auto-Focus is disabled
- Use ConnectorMAX to enable this feature in the FIP controls.
- Auto-focus starts automatically only for the first fiber.
- Hold the magnification control button on the FIP probe for >1 second to reactivate the auto-focus process.
Possible Cause 3: The Connector is very dirty or damaged.
- Try to clean the connector.
- Re-insert and try to focus.
Possible Cause 4: The Connector is not fully inserted into tip.
- Ensure that the connector is fully inserted.
- Remove and reinsert connector into the tip, and then try to focus once again.
Possible Cause 5: Incorrect or incompatible tip.
- Ensure the correct FIP tip for your application is installed.
- There are many different tips specific to connector types and ferrule size.
- Use an APC tip for APC (mostly green) connectors, UPC tip for UPC (mostly blue) connectors.
- The APC tips will have an angle matching the APC connector end-face angle.
- If testing single-fiber APC connectors using a universal tip, ensure the key is properly aligned.
- Use the appropriate multifiber (MPO) tip for multifiber connectors.
Possible Cause 6: Incorrect test configuration selected.
- Ensure the correct Test Configuration is selected in ConnectorMAX, including the fiber type, connector type and tip.
Possible Cause 7: Trying to inspect the receive (Rx) side of a transceiver ( SFP, XFP, or other).
- Usually you should be able to inspect the transmit (Tx) side of a transceiver using the appropriate test configuration settings in ConnectorMax software.
- However, the receive (Rx) side will typically have a non-contact connection with a lens. This will not be easy to focus for analysis.
- You may try a manual focus and visual inspection.