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How Can Fiber Reflector Be Used in PON Network Link Monitoring?
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How Can Fiber Reflector Be Used in PON Network Link Monitoring?


In the PON (passive optical network) network, especially in the complex point-to-multipoint PON ODN (optical distribution network) topology environment, the rapid detection and diagnosis of optical fiber faults have become challenging work.


Although optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) tools are widely used at present, OTDR detection is sometimes not particularly sensitive to the attenuation of optical signals at the ends of some ODN branch fibers or ONU fibers.


Installing a low-cost wavelength-selective fiber reflector on the ONU side is often used at present, through which accurate detection of the end-to-end attenuation of the optical link can be achieved.


1. The working principle of fiber grating reflectors


The test light pulse sent by the OTDR is mainly reflected back with a reflectivity of nearly 100% by using the fiber grating, while the working wavelength of a normal passive optical network (PON) system passes through the reflector with little attenuation because it does not satisfy the Bragg condition of the fiber grating.


The main function of this is to accurately calculate the return loss value of the reflection event at the end of each ONU branch by detecting the existence of the reflected OTDR test signal and the intensity of the optical signal. Thus, it tells whether the optical link from the OLT side to the ONU side is normal. In this way, real-time monitoring of fault points and fast and accurate diagnosis are realized.


By flexibly deploying the position of the fiber grating reflector and identifying different ODN sections, the detection and location of the ODN fault point and the cause analysis can be quickly realized, which can reduce the fault processing time and improve the test efficiency and maintenance quality.


In the first-level splitting scenario, through the optical fiber reflector installed on the ONU side, if the return loss of the reflector of a certain fiber branch of the home increases significantly compared with the return loss value of the health file, it indicates that there is a problem with the optical fiber link of this branch. If all the fiber branches installed with fiber reflectors have obvious return loss at the same time, it indicates that the main fiber is faulty.


In the secondary optical splitting scenario, the difference between return losses can also be used to accurately locate whether the attenuation fault has occurred in the distribution fiber segment or the home fiber segment. Whether it is a first-level or second-level splitting scenario, since the reflection peak will drop sharply at the end of the OTDR test curve, the return loss value of the longest branch link in the ODN network may not be accurately measured and it is necessary to measure the fiber reflection. The change of the reflector level can be used as the basis for fault measurement and diagnosis.


Fiber optic reflectors can also be added where deployment is required. For example, install FBG before the distribution fiber to the home (FTTH)/into the building (FTTB) and then use the OTDR to test. Compare the test data with the benchmark data,so as to judge indoor/outdoor optical fiber faults.


2. The characteristics of fiber grating reflectors


FBG reflectors can be conveniently placed in series at the end of the user. It has the characteristics of long life, stable and reliable, small temperature characteristics, convenient connection of adapter structure and so on. This is one of the reasons why fiber reflectors are the ideal optical end choice for FTTx network link monitoring.


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