Datasheet: FI-500 FiberInspector™ Micro-Fiber Optic Endface Inspection Scope with PortBright™ Illumination.

Dirty fiber optic endfaces are the major cause of problems in singlemode and multimode fiber optic systems.

The FI-500 FiberInspector™ Micro removes the hassle associated with inspecting fiber endfaces, especially in low light and high cable density situations.

It is very simple to use:

Simply plug the cable into the FI-500 and touch the AF button. Within seconds, the fiber endface comes into sharp, clear view. And if you're working in a difficult to reach place or you can't get the image to stand still, just touch the pause button to freeze the image.

Micro-Fiber Optic Endface Inspection Scope

Just right for Troubleshooting

Today's high density fiber patch panels make inspection a challenge. Finding the cable or port to test can be tough, especially in the low light conditions found in most data centers and wiring closets.

The FI-500 is designed to simplify the inspection process. The built-in PortBright flashlight helps you find the right port or cable. The small-profile probe fits into tight spots, and features pushbutton controls for simple operation. Autofocus provides a sharp view of the endface in under a second, while the pause button freezes the image on the crisp 320 x 240 display for more detailed inspection.

The FI-500 FiberInspector Micro fills the gap between a manual scope and a fully automated inspection scope. The FI-500 has the simplicity and practicality of a manual inspection scope, but with advanced features to reduce troubleshooting and inspection time.

Manual fiber inspection scopes are simple to use, but they don't work well on patch panels or situations where there is a high density of fiber. Holding it up to one eye and closing your other eye is often inconvenient or impractical, especially in a dark room.

Fully automatic inspection scopes analyze and grade the cleanliness of fiber connections which is important for many applications, but analysis is usually not needed for quick basic troubleshooting.

Typical Manual Scopes
FI-500 FiberInspector Micro
Typical Analysis Scope
Important Benefits
Typical Manual Scopes
FI-500 FiberInspector Micro
Typical Analysis Scope
Illumination of small or dark ports
Autofocus for quick and stable images*
Model dependent
Compact design to get into tight spaces
Model dependent
Works on patch cords and bulkhead connectors
Wide range of tips to support most connectors
Capture and zoom to see small particles
Endface analysis to highlight dirt
Image storage
Data transfer to PC or cloud
Rugged digital design
Relative cost
Low
Medium
High

*If the APC tip (Angled Physical Contact) is not aligned with connector, the connector or probe may require rotation and repeating auto-focus or manual focus.

Fast, Easy Viewing of Fiber Endfaces

FI-500 Displaying a Clean Fiber Endface Ordering information

FI-500 displaying a clean fiber endface

FI-500 Displaying a Dirty Fiber Endface

FI-500 displaying a dirty fiber endface

FI-500 provides immediate and in-depth visibility into fiber patch cords and bulkhead connectors.

Fiber Optic Systems Dirty Fiber Optic Endfaces
  1. Screw-on probe tips to support most connector types.
  • FI-500 includes 4 UPC tips; SC, LC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm.
  • Optional APC tip kit includes 4 APC tips; SC, LC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm. Other probe tips available.
  • PortBright, a built-in flashlight illuminates dark areas
    and dense panels.
  • Switch on PortBright with a convenient button on the probe.
  • Pause button holds the image for viewing when it's hard to get it just right.
  • Two second autofocus reduces inspection time and keeps your other hand free. (If the APC tip is not aligned with connector, the connector or probe may require rotation and repeating auto-focus or manual focus.)
  • Status bar to see battery charge and other information. Auto power off increases battery life.
  • Bright 320 x 240 backlit display.
  • Magnification of 200X with 1X, 2X and 4X zoom settings.
  • Auto-center moves the fiber ferule clearly into the frame for precision inspection
    • Rugged construction; vibration and drop tested to 1 meter
    • Compact design allows you to access dense and crowded panels
    • No batteries to change in the probe. Probe is powered
      by display unit
    FI-500

    FI-500

    FiberInspector Micro - includes 4 tips (1.25 mm, 2.50 mm, SC, LC), case, rechargeable batteries and universal power adapter

    FI-525

    FI-525

    FI-500 and Cleaning Kit (NFC-KIT-BOX) and 1.25 mm swabs

    FTK1375

    FTK1375

    FI-500 with SimpliFiber Pro Multimode PMLS kit, VisiFault, and 2 FindFibers

    FTK1475

    FTK1475

    FI-500 with SimpliFiber Pro Multimode & Singlemode PMLS, VisiFault, 2 FindFibers, Cleaning kit (NFC-KIT-BOX) and 1.25 mm Swabs

    FI-500TP-APC

    FI-500TP-APC

    Set of 4 Angled Physical Contact Tips (1.25 mm, 2.50 mm, SC, LC)

    NFC-KIT-BOX

    NFC-KIT-BOX

    Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit - Includes cleaning cube with wipes, five cards with sealed cleaning zones, solvent pen and 2.5 mm port cleaning swabs.

    FI-500TP-SCF

    FI-500TP-SCF

    SC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-FCF

    FI-500TP-FCF

    FC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-STF

    FI-500TP-STF

    ST bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-LCF

    FI-500TP-LCF

    LC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-U25F

    FI-500TP-U25F

    2.5 mm (SC, FC, ST) fiber
    patch cords

    FI-500TP-U125F

    FI-500TP-U125F

    1.25 mm (LC) fiber patch cords

    FI-500TP-ASCF

    FI-500TP-ASCF

    SC APC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-ALCF

    FI-500TP-ALCF

    LC APC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-A25F

    FI-500TP-A25F

    2.5 mm APC (SC, FC, ST) fiber patch cords

    FI-500TP-A125F

    FI-500TP-A125F

    1.25 mm APC (LC) fiber patch cords

    FI-500TP-AFCF

    FI-500TP-AFCF

    FC APC bulkhead fiber connectors

    FI-500TP-EXTS

    FI-500TP-EXTS

    Extended probe barrel for bulkhead inspection

    FI-500TP-EXTS

    MS2-MAG-KIT

    Magnetic Strap Attachment and spare holster

    Specifications
    General Specifications
    Temperature range without the power adapter Operating: 0 °C to +50 °C
    Storage: -30 °C to +60 °C
    Tenperature range with the power adapter Operating: 0 °C to +40 °C
    Storage: -20 °C to +60 °C
    Humidity range Operating: 0% to 95% °C (0 °C to +50 °C) H non-condensing
    Storage: 0% to 95% (35 °C to 45 °C) RH non-condensing
    Altitude Operating: 4,000 meters
    Storage: 12,000 meters
    Vibration 2 g, 5 Hz to 500 Hz
    Shock 1 meter drop test
    Safety IEC 61010-1 3rd Edition
    IEC 62133
    Display
    Magnification 1x, 2x, 4x
    Frames per second ≥12
    Battery type* Rechargeable NiMH, 2 x 1.2V, 2700 mAh
    Battery life* 3 hours of continuous probe use
    6 hours of typical probe use
    Charge time 4 hours minimum
    Power adapter Input: 100 to 240 VAC±10%, 50/60 Hz
    Output: 6 VDC, 3 A maximum
    Class II
    Display 3.2 inch TFT LCD, 320 x 240
    Software upgrades Upgrades can be installed from a USB drive
    Input USB 2.0, Type A
    Dimensions 5.5 in x 3.2 in x 1.5 in (14.0 cm x 8.0 cm x 3.9 cm)
    Weight 9.7 oz (275 g)

    *Tested using Gold Peak GH230AAHC batteries.

    Probe
    Magnification 200x. Zoom function has 1x, 2x and 4x settings
    Camera type 5 Megapixel 1/4-inch CMOS sensor
    Field of view 610 μm x 460 μm
    Resolution 1 μm
    Light source LED, >100,000 hr life
    Endface illumination Coaxial blue LED
    Port illumination 2 white LEDs
    Power Supplied through the USB interface
    Output Video output through USB 2.0 interface
    Dimensions 4.6 in x 2 in x 0.95 in (117 mm x 51 mm x 23 mm)
    (length depends on adapter tip)
    Weight 4.4 oz (125 g)(with no adapter tip)

    Fiber Inspection and Cleaning

    Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemies of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber. Today's network applications require more bandwidth than ever, making loss budgets tighter than ever. Hence, it is critical that all optical connections are free of contaminants to avoid having application performance issues.

    Eliminate the #1 cause of fiber failure

    In a survey of installers and network owners commissioned by Fluke Networks, endface contamination was found to be the leading cause of fiber failures. Dirt and contaminants cause insertion loss and back-reflection that inhibit the light transmission and raises havoc with transceivers. And because dirt can migrate from one endface to another upon mating, both sides of any connection must be inspected. Further, mating contaminated connectors can cause permanent damage as microscopic debris is crushed between endfaces in physical contact. Therefore, you must always inspect and clean before mating as a preventative measure and not only after experiencing problems. Even factory terminated patch cords or pigtails must be inspected as protective caps do not keep endfaces clean. Avoiding this common cause of failure starts with inspecting the endface and eliminating any contamination before insertion into a bulkhead or piece of equipment.

    Range of inspection options

    With a range of solutions, Fluke Networks always has the right tool for you to easily inspect endfaces on a wide variety of connectors.

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    Locate faults
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    Optical power measurement
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    Pass/fail results
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    ✓ + MPO
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    PortBright illumination
    Autofocus