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FI-500 FiberInspector™ Micro

Fiber Inspection Scope to verify that Fiber End Faces are not contaminated or damaged

  • PortBright™, a built-in flashlight illuminates dark areas and dense panels
  • Autofocus for stable images in few seconds
  • Large display to view singlemode and multimode fiber endfaces
  • Includes 4 UPC tips (LC, SC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm). APC tips available.
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Overview

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 end faces, 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.

  • PortBright™ illumination to see ports in dark and dense panels
  • Autofocus for stable images in a few seconds
  • Large display to view single mode and multimode fiber end faces
  • Includes 4 UPC tips (LC, SC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm). APC tips available

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 a few seconds, 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.

 

Features

PortBright™ Illumination and Compact Probe Design

Fiber panels are often densely packed with fibers small LC connectors. It can be difficult to see the port of interest without having extra lighting. You can use a separate flashlight, but then you need to hold more items or have a helper hold the flashlight. PortBright is a flashlight that is built into the probe and allows you find the port and then connect the probe tip. PortBright is activated by a button on the probe itself.

The probe is only 23mm (0.95") wide and 51mm (2") thick which makes it easier to get into tight patch panels with less disruption of nearby fibers.

Autofocus

All manual scopes and many digital probes have manual focus rings. This may require two hands and is sometimes difficult to focus in densely packed patch panels. FI-500 can auto focus with the push of a button on the probe or on the display unit. Autofocus takes only 3-5 seconds and works great on UPC end faces.

Autofocus works on APC (angled physical contact) also, however, if the APC tip is not aligned with connector, the connector or probe may require rotation and repeating auto-focus or manual focus.

Cleaning Kits
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An important addition to your verification, troubleshooting, and inspection tasks is fiber cleaning. Dirt, dust, and other contaminants are the enemy of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber. Today's network applications require more bandwidth, making loss budgets tighter than ever. It is critical that all optical connections are clean and free of contaminants to ensure application success.

Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits have the best tools to effectively remove the toughest contaminants with ease.

FI-525 Fiber Cleaning and Inspection Kit Includes FI-500; complete cleaning supplies (cleaning cube, ten cleaning cards, solvent pen, 2.5 mm port cleaning swabs and 1.25 mm port cleaning swabs) and soft carrying case.

NFC-KIT-BOX

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

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NFC-KIT-CASE

Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit includes cleaning cube with wipes, ten cards with sealed cleaning zones, solvent pen, 2.5 mm port cleaning swabs and 1.25 mm port cleaning swabs in a rugged carrying case.

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Wide Variety of UPC and APC Probe Tips

14 tips are available to address almost any port or connector configuration.

4 UPC tips are included (SC, LC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm). Each of these can be ordered separately if you lose one and there are also ST and FC tips.

FI-500-TP-APC is a kit of four APC (angled physical contact) tips in a convenient case - SC, LC, 1.25 mm and 2.50 mm. An FC APC tip is also available.

There is also a 46 mm UPC LC bulk head extender tip.

Fiber Inspection, Power, and Cleaning Kits

Fiber Inspection and Cleaning Kit (FI-525)
FI-500 FiberInspector Micro and wet and dry cleaning supplies to remove contamination discovered during fiber inspection with the FI-500. Kit includes: FI-500, NFC-KIT-BOX, and 1.25 mm swabs.

Complete Fiber Verification Kit (FTK1475)
The Complete Fiber Verification Kit is for contractors and network technicians who install and maintain premises networks with both multimode and singlemode optical fiber. Use this kit to verify optical loss and power levels at 850, 1300, 1310, and 1550 nm, inspect fiber end-faces, locate cable faults, connector problems, and polarity issues. Kit includes FI-500 FiberInspector Micro.

Full-Featured Inspection and Multimode Verification Kits (FTK1375)
The Full-Featured Inspection and Multimode Verification Kits are for contractors and network technicians who install and maintain multimode premises networks. Use these kits to verify optical loss and power levels at 850 and 1300 nm, inspect fiber end-faces, locate cable faults, connector problems, and polarity issues. Kit includes FI-500 FiberInspector Micro.

 

Models & Accessories

 
Models
Model Number/Name Description
FI-500

FiberInspector Micro with Probe, Display, 4 UPC tips (LC bulkhead, SC bulkhead, 1.25mm end face adapters and 2.50mm end face adapters), case, rechargeable batteries and universal power adapter See Photo

FI-500 Gold Support:
GLD-FI-5001 year of Gold Support for FI-500
GLD3-FI-5003 year of Gold Support for FI-500
FI-525

FiberInspector Micro and Cleaning Kit (NFC-KIT-BOX) and 1.25 mm swabs See Photo

FI-525 Gold Support:
GLD-FI-5251 year of Gold Support for FI-525
FTK1375

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

FTK1375 Gold Support:
GLD-FTK-13751 year of Gold Support for FTK-1375
FTK1475

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

FTK1475 Gold Support:
GLD-FTK-14751 year of Gold Support for FTK-1475
FI-500TP-APC

Set of 4 Angled Physical Contact Tips (LC bulkhead, SC bulkhead, 1.25mm end face adapters and 2.50mm end face adapters)See Photo

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. See Photo

 
Accessories
Model Number/Name Description
FI-500TP-SCF

SC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-FCF

FC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-STF

ST fiber bulkhead connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-LCF

LC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-U25F

2.5 mm (SC, FC, ST) connector for fiber patch cord end faces See Photo

FI-500TP-U125F

1.25 mm (LC) connector for fiber patch cord end faces See Photo

FI-500TP-ASCF

SC APC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-ALCF

LC APC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-A25F

2.5 mm APC (SC, FC, ST) connector for fiber patch cord end faces See Photo

FI-500TP-A125F

1.25 mm APC (LC) connector for fiber patch cord end faces See Photo

FI-500TP-AFCF

FC APC bulkhead fiber connectors See Photo

FI-500TP-EXTS

Extended LC bulkhead connectors 46 mm See Photo

 

Specifications

General Specifications
Temperature range without the power adapter Operating: 0 °C to +50 °C
Storage: -30 °C to +60 °C
Temperature 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) RH 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%, 50/60Hz
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 (140 mm x 80 mm x 39 mm)
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)
 

Documents

 

Data Sheets

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FI-500 Datasheet
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Catalogs

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Fluke Networks Solution Catalog
The Guide for selecting and ordering Fluke Network Solutions and Products
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Application Notes

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Fiber Testing Best Practices - Pocket Guide
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Gold Product Support

Gold Support for your FI-500 allows you to make the most of your purchase while ensuring a higher return on your investment. You will minimize your downtime, receive faster trouble resolution and have total access to all support resources.

What do you get with Gold Support for your FI-500?

Annual Calibration and Factory Refresh for the Power Meter and Light Source in the FTK1375 and FTK1475 - ISO 9001 standards compliance requires the unit be calibrated per manufacturer’s recommendations, which is annually. Keeping your equipment calibrated is critical to ensure accuracy when testing fiber networks. Our calibration processes are ISO-9001 controlled and designed to certify that your products meet all published specifications. To receive a loaner unit during calibration (available in most regions), we recommend you schedule your appointment 6 weeks in advance of your required calibration date. If a loaner is not required or calibration cannot be scheduled in advance, Gold customers may opt to instead receive a shipping waybill and calibrations will receive priority turnaround. Typical turnaround time for a calibration is 5 working days. Your equipment will be precisely calibrated to factory specifications (calibration certificate provided - calibration traceable with data available for extra charge), repaired as necessary with genuine OEM repair parts, upgraded with all of the latest software and firmware then cleaned and performance verified. In addition, all accessories that came with your kit will be tested and replaced if faulty or defective.

Repairs and loaner equipment - If your unit should fail, we'll deliver a loaner unit via next business day delivery to keep you up and running. We'll repair your unit and replace defective accessories that came with your unit at no charge, with ""first on bench"" priority, and return it to you - all shipping paid by Fluke Networks."

Accessory Replacement - Some accessories are essential to testing. If any accessory that comes with your FI-500 or Kit are qualified as defective or faulty by our technical assistance center, it will be replaced free of charge.

Gold Lifetime BuyBack Guarantee - Buy the tools you need now knowing that Fluke Networks will buy it back when it’s time for a new one. Get 100% cash back within 30 days, 60% within 1 year, and 15% after a year for the life of your tester covered by Gold. (Full terms and conditions can be found at www.flukenetworks.com/GoldBuyBack.) (Currently not available within Asia)

Access to live 24 x 7 technical support - Extend the expertise of your staff. Gold Support includes priority access to our world-class Technical Assistance Center (TAC). Our centers in Seattle, WA and Eindhoven, NL employ a full staff of highly trained technical experts that are on call, including weekends and through the night, to answer complex troubleshooting questions, including GOLD only services such as: Test set-up and instrument configuration, Fiber testing and reference setting, Test results interpretation, including trace results analysis. Let us help you get the most out of your equipment and understand the results you are seeing.

Member Only promotions - Your membership qualifies you for “Members Only” promotions and programs. This includes product discounts, access to reconditioned equipment at special prices and other incredible values.

Ensure that you are getting the most out of your equipment with Gold Support Services.