LinkWare PC 10.2 Installation Screens

LinkWare PC is a Windows-based software application used to review test results from Versiv/DSX CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber Pro, OptiFiber Pro, SimpliFiber Pro, MultiFiber Pro, and SimpliFiber Pro.  It can also be used to review a results (.flw) file from older Fluke Networks products.

Download the latest standalone version from the LinkWare PC Downloads and Updates page.

Recommended PC Requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 4 gigabyte (GB) RAM (8 GB recommended if viewing large numbers of OTDR traces)
  • Windows® 7, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher or other web browser. Viewing records exported to XML files requires a web browser that supports XML
  • PC monitor with minimum 1200 x 800 resolution
  • Appropriate USB or serial port to connect to your tester

 

Notes: If you have an older 9.x version of LinkWare or LinkWare PC installed, it is recommended that you go to Add/Remove Programs and remove it prior to installing the current version.

You most log in with an account with Administrator Rights in order to install the software successfully.

We recommend Installing LinkWare PC on a PC with newest supported Operating System available (Windows 10 if possible).

 

Installation screens:

Check the box to accept the License Agreement, then NEXT as prompted.

Click Finish.

Done.

How to Save Results as (.flw) Source File

Please download the latest version of Linkware PC if not already installed.

 

LinkWare PC acts as a viewer for test results until you save them.  After you save the .flw file, you can email or store the results on a shared network location for access later.

 

To Save, Click File, Save As

Name the file.

The default selection for saving a Linkware file is a .FLW file type.

Choose the location where you wish to save the file and click the SAVE button.

 

If you need to send in test results to the Fluke Networks Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for review, please email support@flukenetworks.com and attach the (.FLW) results file.

Release Notes LinkWare PC Version 10.4

LinkWare PC 10.4 Release Notes (Released October, 2019)

New Support and features:

  • Support for Versiv 6.4
    • Support for FI-3000 results
    • Updates to Versiv 6.4 limits for re-certification
  • Support for updating firmware of FI-3000 FiberInspector™ Pro MPO fiber inspection probe

Key Bug Fixes:

  • Downloading Versiv project setups fails

 

LinkWare PC 10.2 Release Notes (5/29/2019)

New Support and Features:

  • Support for Versiv 6.2
    • Support for Single-ended copper spool tests (see Limits Folder Other, scroll down to find Single End test limits)
    • Updated to Versiv 6.2 limits for re-certification
  • New Network Connection Option to allow Versiv connection to PC via IP address on tester's wired or wireless connection for showing display, importing results, or updating software for Versiv main unit.
  • OTDR span graphs show in context of larger graphical data on the report

Key Bug Fixes:

  • Only one wavelength of full page OTDR graph showing on  OptiFiber Pro® HDR OTDR report– Fixed
  • Clicking on HDTDR on Measurements/Details Results tab of Detail window causes exception for COAX result – Fixed
  • OTDR Span loss sometimes not displaying for one wavelength – Fixed
  • Not able to change OTDR splitter event ration to ‘2x’ values  – Fixed
  • Not displaying OTDR warning for Potentially Damaging Reflection  – Fixed
  • Fiber Inspector results showing tester as OptiFiber Pro instead of Versiv  – Fixed
  • Coax results older than Versiv v6.1 are showing as Twisted Pair – Fixed
     

LinkWare PC 10.1 Release Notes (1/31/2019)

New Support and Features:

  • Support for Versiv 6.1
    • Support for OTDR Span
    • Support for edited OTDR Event type
    • Updated to Versiv 6.1 limits for re-certification
  • OTDR Trace Viewer new features and improvements
    • Adjustable panes
    • Fiber list select/deselect matches standard behavior of Windows
    • Change Trace Segment terminology to "Span" to match Versiv
  • Bulk Cable ID renaming utility
  • Streamline editing of Record Properties for multiple records
  • Auto expand the EventMap selected event and graph to fill the size of the detail window when it is re-sized.

Key Bug Fixes:

  • Outer blue ring on Fiber Inspector images not being drawn– Fixed
  • Polish translation for "Configuration" is incorrect – Fixed

 

LinkWare 10.0 (Released October, 2018)

New Support and features:

  • Support for Versiv 6.0
    • Support OptiFiber Pro® HDR OTDR 
    • OTDR UI and report support 3 wavelengths
    • Show second copper limit line for NEXT pair 36-45 with certain limits
    • New OTDR event types: Bend and Splitter
    • Updated to Versiv 6.0 limits for re-certification
  • OTDR Trace Viewer new features and improvements
    • Add a 0 dB loss event to multiple traces
    • Edit OTDR event type on multiple traces
    • Delete low loss OTDR event from multiple traces
    • Add a note to any OTDR event
    • Overlay up to 250 traces
    • Overlay bidirectional traces
    • Simplified overlay options
    • Re-certify OTDR result for a segment of the trace
    • Drag and drop markers on graph
    • Allow loss between cursor and mark to be calculated in dead zone
    • Show fiber ends on graph
  • Added OTDR settings to report
  • Improved detect and delete duplicate record utility finds copied records
  • Support downloading sub-projects from LinkWare Live
  • Support importing sub-projects from Versiv
  • Always show calibration date on report
  • Usage logging
  • Support new product registration system

Key Bug Fixes:

  • Bellcore export format is out of date - Fixed
  • Indicate "SmartLoop" for OTDR tests performed using SmartLoop - Fixed
  • Copper result incorrectly shows '-1.000 ohms' for P2P Unbalance Resistance - Fixed
  • There is a \n showing in Japanese string on the OTDR report - Fixed
  • Not all projects showing for selection when downloading from LinkWare Live - Fixed
  • OTDR Bi-directional ORL and Loss not included in CSV and XML exports - Fixed

 

LinkWare PC 9.9 (February 2018)

New Support and features:

  • Support for Versiv V5.4 build 1 update
  • Support for Versiv V5.3 including Versiv2
  • Support for Commscope limits
  • Allow recertification to 2.5G/5GBASE-T standards
  •  Updated SQLite library from version 1.0.66.0 to 1.0.106.0
  • Install update from zip File
  • Always show equipment calibration date on report

Key Bug Fixes

  • Projects with a space or special character in name causes a Read Setup error -Fixed
  • Fiber columns off in CSV export when copper option checked –Fixed


LinkWare PC 9.8 (May 2017)

New Support and features:

  • Support Versiv 5.1 Release
  • Support for new 'Acceptable' status
  • Support for DSX-600
  • Test Limit Updates
  • Updated sample.flw file with DSX-600 results
  • Updated help file

Key Bug Fixes:

  • Not showing number of adapters and splices –Fixed
     

LinkWare PC 9.7 adds support for DSX-8000.  (January 2017).

 

LinkWare 9.6 Release Notes (June 2016)

1.  New Features/Enhancements

  • Sign-in for your LinkWare Live account added to home page


2.  Cable / Spec Database Change

  • Updated test limit database for recertification of test results
    • Database matches Versiv 4.7 build 4 release
  • Chinese limits removed from recertification


​3.  Bug Fixes

  • Link to troubleshooting guide broken -- fixed
  • LinkWare PC should not bi-directionally average a result if launch only launch compensation is used with OptiFiber Pro -- fixed
  • Translation error of "Loss" on fiber test reports in Spanish -- fixed
  • Help file needs updating -- fixed
  • Network Compliant list of fiber reports not correct for 40GBASE -- fixed
     

LinkWare PC 9.5 allows the downloading and merging of results from these devices:

* No service or repair available for these testers due to components being obsolete.


LinkWare Version 9.5 (January 2016)

Key enhancements:

  • Support for Versiv 4.5 release (new OTDR result format)
    • Bi-directional Averaged OTDR Test with OptiFiber Pro
  • Allow user to import MultiFiber Pro results named with any sequence of cable IDs
  • Allow user to import from a network share by entering the UNC path 
  • Remote calibration date now printing on Report
  • Allow user to manually enter length for MultiFiber Pro and SimpliFiber Pro results
  • Display OLTS length-based limit calculations for CertiFiber Pro and recertified loss results
  • Updated USB drivers - Windows XP no longer supported

Bug fixes:

  • Text "Resistance Unbalance" incorrectly displayed - fixed
  • Text "Bidirectional" should be "Bi-directional" - fixed 
  • "Ghost Source" translated incorrectly in Simplified Chinese - fixed
  • Text "SmartLoop" displayed incorrectly in English - fixed
  • Incorrectly displaying the same limit on all pairs for Resistance Unbalance and Resistance P2P - fixed
     

LinkWare Version 9.4 (September 2015)

Key enhancements:

  • Support for Versiv 4.3 Build 6(new result format)
    • New Resistance Unbalance between pairs measurement
    • Custom outlet configurations
  • Support for Cable ID lists using non-Latin characters
  • Auto software updating – no longer directed to Fluke Networks to download updates manually
  • Support for MultiFiber Pro enhanced calibration date based on first use date
  • Export OTDR results in CSV format (for traces with 15 or less events)

Cable.Spec Database Change

  • Updated test limit database for recertification of test results

Bug fixes:

  • Failing CertiFiber Pro negative loss not reported as worst loss - fixed
  • Manual Entry setting for OptiFiber Pro appears as Launch + Tail - fixed
  • Passing Tail event shown as failing on EventMap - fixed
  • Rounding error on length value in record list - fixed
  • Incorrect cable type on imported 10 fiber count MultiFiber Pro results - fixed
  • Manual SmartLoop OTDR test showing as Auto - fixed
  • Japanese text for ‘Compliant Network Standards’ is incorrect - fixed
  • Japanese text for ‘Re-Certify’ is incorrect - fixed
  • End threshold mode incorrect on OTDR report  - fixed
  • Unable to import results with Cable IDs containing many Asian characters - fixed
  • Fiber Inspector Custom Limit shown incorrectly - fixed
  • LinkWare gets exception when clicking on LinkWare Live icon - fixed

 


LinkWare Version 9.3 (April 2015)

Key enhancements:

  • Support for DSX-5000, CertiFiber Pro, OptiFiber Pro and FI7000 Version 4.2 Build 5
  • Updated cable library
  • Updated recertification wizard limits
  • Calibration date based on first use date

Bug fixes:

  • LinkWare PC would crash when importing more than 2,000 DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer Reports

 


LinkWare Version 9.2 (March 2015)

Key enhancements:

  • Support for DTX Version 2.77
  • Updated cable library
  • Updated recertification wizard limits
  • Now called LinkWare PC

Bug fixes:

  • Checks to see if your Versiv can be supported for this Version of LinkWare PC

 


LinkWare Version 9.1 (November 2014)

Key enhancements:

  • Versiv (TFS) 4.0 Build 3 support for DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber Pro, OptiFiber Pro and FI-7000
  • Support for the following adapters
  • Support for new adapters (Available Dec 2014):
    • DSX-CHA003 COAX
    • DSX-CHA021 M12 D-Code
    • DSX-CHA012 GG45
  • Added LinkWare Live icons
  • Versiv (TFS) registration now runs in the background
  • Negative loss warning removed when bi-directional averaging is implemented
  • Download multiple projects in one go from LinkWare Live
  • Cable ID creation utility allows any characters
  • Registration check runs in the background

 
Bug fixes:

  • Patch cord reports show worst case values in remote column for DTX – fixed
  • File sub menus cut off when last used file has a long name - fixed

 


LinkWare Version 9.0 (May 2014)

Key enhancements:

  • Versiv (TFS) 3.0 Build 6 support for DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber Pro and OptiFiber Pro
  • Support for the FI-7000 FiberInspector
  • Support for IEC 61300-3-35 Automated fiber inspection analysis on the Versiv platform
  • Support for SmartLoop feature on OptiFiber Pro
  • Added menu item for importing from a USB stick (memory drive)
  • Remote storage ready - we are currently beta testing this feature with select customers

 
Bug fixes:

  • Wiremap in CSV output showing “9” for shield instead of “S” - fixed
  • Passing headroom shown in red on summary report - fixed
  • Reference data shown as 1/1/1970 on 10 fiber Multifiber Pro report - fixed
  • Insertion loss reported on non-existent pairs - fixed

 


LinkWare Version 8.2 (December 2013)

Key enhancements:

  • Electronic Product Registration
  • Versiv (TFS) 2.3 support for DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber Pro and OptiFiber Pro
  • Streamlined MultiFiber Pro reports
  • Increased calibration due warning out to 60 days from 30
  • Options menu sub item “Formatting” changed to “Configuration”

 
Bug fixes:

  • Incorrectly identifying valid and invalid fiber configurations when importing MultiFiber Pro records - fixed
  • Bidirectional OTDR event averaging ignoring 0 dB loss events - fixed
  • Device type for horizontal link record not showing on report - fixed
  • Edited end names not updated on EventMap - fixed
  • Bidirectional OTDR event averaging broken for EventMap - fixed
  • Incorrectly exporting records in recycle bin to csv file when using command line - fixed
  • DSP-4XXX Coax reports broken - fixed
  • DSX software versions window showing incorrect calibration date - fixed

 



LinkWare Version 8.1 (August 2013)

Key fixes and enhancements:

  • Added segment attenuation coefficient and setup parameters to OTDR reports
  • MultiFiber Pro reports used to show open fibers as 99.9 dB, now they simply show "Open"

 
Bug fixes:

  • 12 Fibers are not shown on one page when importing from a MultiFiber Pro - Fixed
  • Fiber CSV report data shifted 2 columns to the right
  • Documentation updatedd to 606-B from 606-A
  • OTDR traces are excessively thick on printed or pre-viewed reports - fixed

 



LinkWare Version 8.0 (June 2013)

New Support and features:

  • DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer support
  • CertiFiber Pro support
  • Hungarian and Turkish Languages added
  • Drag/Drop between open LinkWare file tabs
  • Versiv (TFS) Project Setup file read/write
  • Enhanced Fault Map drawing consistent with OptiFiber Pro
  • 3 new toolbar buttons for connected tester

 
Key fixes and enhancements:

  • Recertifying negative fiber loss results will change the outcome from a PASS to a FAIL
  • Better PDF graph quality
  • Press TAB key when viewing graphs to cycle through pairs
  • Name of Cable ID list downloading to Versiv unit now defaults to name of .ids file
  • OTDR Bidirectional Average Test headroom is blank in test list - fixed
  • Merging creates duplicate 606-B tree item - fixed
  • Restoring multiple records from recycle bin extremely slow - fixed
  • 2 Jumper showing as 1 Jumper in Japanese - Fixed
  • Remote adapter shows up wrong on printed report - fixed
  • Long file path causes File menu to split off screen - fixed
  • LinkWare crashes doing a OTDR bidirectional average on OptiFiber Pro result with only 1300nm - fixed
  • Customer complaint of inconsistent font on summary report - fixed
  • Fiber Merge fails to warn of inconsistent ChannelMap length - fixed
  • Open TST files without invoking Import UI
  • Invalid warning when merging DTX and Versiv records due to different IR values in respective spec databases - fixed 

 
Reported issues:

Saving FLW File

Please download the latest version of Linkware PC if not already installed.

 

After you have imported the test results into Linkware PC you will need to save.

 

Click File

Save As

Name the file.

The default selection for saving a Linkware File is a .FLW file type.

Choose the location where you wish to save the document and click the Save button.

 

If you need to send in test results to the Fluke Networks Technical Assistance Center(TAC), please send an email to support@flukenetworks.com with the .FLW file as an attachment.

Calibration check - LinkWare PC 10.x

When you import records from a DSX-5000 or DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber Pro, OptiFiber Pro or DTX CableAnalyzer, LinkWare PC will check the calibration date of the attached measurement module (or mainframe in the case of a DTX Cable Analyzer) against the date on your computer. Factory calibration is recommended every 12 months. When the instrument is within 60 days of needing a calibration, the user will be presented with a warning:
 
            Message for Calibration Certificate Expiry
  
 If the calibration is past due, the user will be presented with:

            
 
You have the option of not showing this warning again for that tester. Be careful. If you select this option, you will no longer get a warning. To undo this, press CTRL  ALT  R to see:

            

This will reset the warning for ALL testers.

Cable ID Editing in LinkWare PC

With the release of LinkWare PC, Version 10.1, there is a new feature to make the changing of Cable ID’s easier. We often hear of a challenge with the management of test results at the end of a project, where all of the cable ID’s are not in sequence, or they do not correspond to the customer’s expectations.

The Cable ID field can be edited in the LinkWare PC software. To change a cable ID, select the test result in LinkWare PC and right click on the cable ID and select “Properties” from the drop down menu. As an alternative, you can press the “properties” button. Here you will find the Cable ID which can be adjusted as needed.

 

 

After you update the Cable ID, if you only have one to update, you can push “OK” and be done. If  you need to make changes to the next ID on the list, the left and right arrows below “Update and Advance” are a new feature of LW PC V10.1. You can select either arrow to move forwards and backwards making the updating of a small group of cable ID’s easier.

There is also an option to do bulk updates of the Cable IDs. This is available from the “Edit” tab. Rename Cable IDs gives you options to do updates of multiple cable IDs to a new sequence:

 

 

From here you can select all of the test results, or just a group of them.

To select two or more records from anywhere in a list, 

Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the desired records.

To select a block of records from a list

Click on the first record in the desired block; then hold down the shift key and click on the last record in the block.

 

 

You will be asked to enter the Start and End ID for the IDs that you would like to replace:

 

 

LinkWare PC will then update the new Cable IDs:

 

 

Another way to avoid the challenge of having to edit the cable IDs that have been entered would be to pre-load the cable IDs into your Versiv unit. This can be done either through LinkWare PC:

Or through LinkWare Live:

LinkWare PC 10.x - Renaming Multiple Cable IDs

LinkWare PC 10.x includes a new feature called Rename Cable IDs.  This new feature allows a user to perform bulk renaming of Cable IDs in a LinkWare PC (.flw) data file.  Prior versions of LinkWare PC only allowed for changing Cable IDs one ID at a time.

You can use Edit > Rename Cable IDs to rename groups of sequential or non-sequential cable IDs.

To rename multiple IDs:

  1. If sorting the test records would help put the IDs you want to rename together, do that first.
  2. Click Edit > Rename Cable IDs.
  3. In the Rename Cable IDs window, select the IDs you want to rename.
     

    

If the IDs you want to rename are in a repeated pattern in the list, you can use the Repeat Selection Pattern feature to select them.

  1. Click Cable ID Sequence, enter Start and End IDs, then click Apply. The ID list shows the sequence you entered.
  2. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary.
  3. When you are finished entering IDs, click Rename. The renamed IDs show in their new order in the list of records.


Repeating a Selection Pattern

The Repeat Selection Pattern function lets you quickly select IDs that are in a repeated pattern in the list.

For example, to select every fourth ID in the list:

In the Rename Cable IDs window, select the fourth ID in the list.

  1. Next, select the eighth ID in the list: Hold down Ctrl and click on the eighth ID.
  2. Click the Repeat Selection Pattern button. LinkWare PC selects the 12th ID. If you click the button again and again, it selects the 16th ID then the 20th ID.


​To select IDs in the same pattern all the way through the list, click the Repeat to End of List checkbox.

   

Click Cable ID Sequence

Enter the new ID sequence and click OK.

Click Rename to apply the changes.

Save the LinkWare PC (.flw) file to apply the changes.

 

Clearing the IDs in the "Rename To" Column

  1. In the Rename Cable IDs window, select one or more rows that have IDs you entered in the Rename To column.
  2. Click the Clear button that appears.


Cannot connect to LinkWare PC

If you have checked your connections and still cannot connect your Versiv/TFS main frame to LinkWare PC, please ensure you do not have a VPN session/connection open and that you are running the latest version of LinkWare PC. It is possible that the USBLAN driver has not been installed for the USB Port you are connected to on your PC. If this is the case, we just need to force Windows to install it for you - manually. Do not be intimidated, this is quite a simple process.
 
Windows 7 users
  • Click on the start icon in the lower left of your screen
  • Select Devices and Printers to see:

  • Right click USBLAN and select troubleshoot, wait to see:


     
  • Click on Apply this fix
  • Your Versiv/TFS should now be able to talk to LinkWare PC.
     

Check to make sure that TCP Port 22 (SSH/SCP) is not blocked by your PC's firewall.  If it is, make an exception and try the connection again.  TCP Port 22 is needed so LinkWare PC can communicate to Versiv over the USB cable.
 

Windows 8 users

  • Click on the search icon in the upper right and enter Devices and Printers


     
  • Click on Devices and Printers to give:


     
  • Right click USBLAN and select troubleshoot, wait to see:


     
  • Click on Apply this fix

Your Versiv/TFS should now be able to talk to LinkWare PC.


Windows 10 Users

Check to make sure that TCP Port 22 (SSH/SCP) is not blocked by your PC's firewall.  If it is, make an exception and try the connection again.  TCP Port 22 is needed so LinkWare PC can communicate to Versiv over the USB cable.

 

If all drivers are up to date and you still get an error when trying to connect, check the Network Settings within the USBLAN adapter.

From Control Panel, right-click on the Fluke USBLAN adapter and to to Network settings.

 

 

In Network Settings, click Change adapter settings

 

 

Right click on the FlukeUSBLAN adapter and go to Properties

 

 

In Properties, make sure review which protocols are checked.  This will vary depending on what is installed on your PC.  At a mnimum the top 3 shown below must be checked.  If you have any unchecked boxes, try checking them, click OK, and then restart LinkWare PC and try connecting Versiv again.

 

 

Windows Support - LinkWare PC 10.x

LinkWare version 10.0 supports Windows, Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10 in both 32 bit & 64 bit environments.

Minimum requirements for running LinkWare PC:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 4 gigabyte (GB) RAM (8 GB recommended if viewing large numbers of OTDR traces)
  • Windows®  7, 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher or other web browser. Viewing records exported to XML files requires a web browser that supports XML
  • PC monitor with minimum 1200 x 800 resolution
  • Appropriate serial port (USB or RS-232) to connect to your tester

Can I Export Results from LinkWare PC to LinkWare Live?

No.   The only results export capability in LinkWare PC is for creating reports.  LinkWare PC will export reports in .pdf, .txt, and .csv formats.

Versiv can export saved results to

  • A USB flash drive
  • LinkWare Live (via SYNC process)
  • LinkWare PC (via USB cable connection)

LinkWare PC software can import saved results from

  • Versiv via USB cable
  • A USB flash drive
  • (.tst) Test files
  • LinkWare Live Project by signing into LinkWare Live account (top right of LinkWare PC interface) and choosing the Organization and Project.

You cannot take results from a LinkWare PC file and export them to your LinkWare Live Project/Organization.