All fiber optic power meters
When measuring absolute power, the result is significantly different than expected.
Possible Cause 1: The incorrect measurement units are selected.
- To measure absolute power values, the units need to be set to either dBm, or Watt/milliwatt.
- Please double-check that you have selected the correct units.
Possible Cause 2: The light source used is modulated or incompatible.
- Most EXFO power meters are designed to be used with a continuous wave (CW) light source, that is not modulated.
- Turn off the source modulation if possible or use a different light source.
- Refer to this knowledge article for information on EXFO light source and power meter compatibility.
Possible Cause 3: The input power is higher than the power range of your power meter.
- Attenuate the signal so that it falls into the range of your power meter model ( check specification sheet).
- Use a power meter suitable for high power measurements.
- EXFO used an X or a -H to identify high-power meters. For example FPM-302X or PX1-H.