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Trilithic 360 DSP Home Certification Meter Preview

The latest solution from the Trilithic labs, the 360 DSP Home Certification Meter, will be revealed soon. In the meantime, watch this teaser for a first glimpse of the new meter.

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Trilithic Introduces the First Dual 10GbE Test Set for Carrier Ethernet and LAN

Trilithic’s MetroNet 5000 series offers a comprehensive test and monitoring tool to expedite problem isolation and resolution in the network core, edge, NOC and data centers.

MetroNet 5000Indianapolis, IN, – Trilithic, a leader in broadband test and measurement solutions, introduced today the MetroNet 5000 Series Ethernet and IP Test Set, the first complete 10GbE Test Set for Carrier Ethernet and LAN. Providing a comprehensive test and monitoring functions to isolate and solve problems in the network core, edge, NOC and data center, MetroNet 5000 Series is designed for field applications as varied as new constructions, customer turn-ups and corrective maintenance. Each lightwight, handheld unit has numerous built-in tests for complete Ethernet, IP , VoIP and LAN testing.

Responding to the Success of Metro Ethernet Networks Worldwide

Metro Ethernet Networks have grown by double-digit percentages worldwide over the past five years, according to most industry research, with little sign of stopping its stream of success. As it provides a flexible, scalable, simplified, faster and data-optimized connectivity solution, Metro Ethernet Networks will perform a fundamental role in linking core fiber transport networks with access infrastructures. In addition, they will advance the integration of new technologies, such as 10GbE.

As a result, cable, telecom and wireless service providers need flexible testing solutions that deliver both sophisticated test capabilities and true field portability and expedite the resolution of problems as varied as service provisioning/monitoring, scalability and interworking with legacy deployments. A tool to improve network troubleshooting and maintenance, such as the MetroNet 5000 Series, is a vital, field-ready test and monitoring tool all field technicians should have.

The MetroNet 5000 Series: Promising Faster Problem Resolution

The MetroNet 5000 Series includes four models with different port configurations yet the same complement of software functions for cable, telecom and wireless service provider testing applications that promise faster problem resolution. Some of its convenient features include:

  • Dual 10 GbE Ports for In-line Testing: in-line and wrap-around testing at 10GbE, opening up a whole new suite of testing scenarios that provide faster problem resolution.
  • Rugged, Lightweight Design: compact handheld test set and has the functionality of much more expensive test systems. At a weight of 3 lbs, it is the preferred working size for field technicians.
  • Powerful Packet and Frame Filtering: based on field content, the user can select which types of packets or frames are transmitted, looped back, received and measured. This allows the user to focus measurement on a particular type of traffic (e.g., IPTV) or filter several types of traffic into a custom stream that emulates a particular carrier service.
  • Port Traffic Flooding: enables stress testing of network equipment, such as routers and switches, and simulating distributed denial of service attacks and other intrusions, while giving the flexibility to design or mark packet content to emulate viruses and other security breaches.
  • Line-Rate Packet Capture and Analysis: optional packet and frame capture based on uniquely settable filters to only capture the traffic desired to be measured, making it easier to troubleshoot network problems.

Sophisticated Reporting and Graphing

The MetroNet 5000 provides report generation and graphing capabilities typically found only in larger and higher-priced systems. The ability to generate reports in histogram, bar, pie and line graph formats and easily convert them to PDF files enables service providers to deliver detailed reporting to customers and management.

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Trilithic LAW Live Rideout Map Overview

A new video is available on Trilithic’s YouTube page. This video features Mark Darragh, Product Manager for Leakage Systems, discussing the new Live Rideout Map feature of LAW. LAW, Leakage Analysis Workshop, is Trilithic’s leakage solution which collects leakage location data, plots the data and marks the leakage source location as push pins on a map.

When coupled with Trilithic’s Seeker GPS system, LAW provides a leakage management system that enables operators to find and fix leaks quickly, minimize tech time, quickly assess network leakage health and gauge the effectiveness of leakage maintenance efforts.

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Linear Distortions in the Cable Modem Upstream

What are Linear Distortions?

Linear distortions can be micro-reflections, amplitude ripple, or group delay distortions; All of which could deteriorate the quality of an upstream channel.  Detecting linear distortions can help installers and service techs better identify and locate issues with the cable modem upstream.

How do we find them?

When a cable modem sends a signal back to the CMTS it creates a high-quality, perfect QAM channel.  By the time it reaches the CMTS it is no longer perfect due to attenuation and amplification on the way to the headend.  The CMTS takes the signal that it receives and does an adaptive equalization which sends instructions back to the cable modem.  These instructions tell the cable modem how to update the upstream channel to compensate for some of the distortions in the pathway.  This is called pre-equalization at the modem.

We can look at the pre-equalization to get an idea of the location and severity of distortions in the upstream channel.  The pre-equalization can also be used to get a picture of what the CMTS is receiving at the headend.

Doug Swank, Trilithic Applications Engineer, explains linear distortions and the new 860 DSPi Find-and-Fix option which simplifies detection of these impairments.

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Trilithic Introduces the First Configurable Portable Instrument Platform

Trilithic Introduces the First Configurable Portable Instrument Platform That Promises to Transform Plant Maintenance Testing

The DSPi 860 Field analyzer can be configured with options that enhance maintenance productivity and improve troubleshooting speed for plant technicians.

Trilithic 860 DSPi

Indianapolis, IN, – Trilithic, a leader in broadband test and measurement solutions, introduces today its new 860 DSPi Field Analyzer, a portable instrument platform that can be upgraded with features to assist plant technicians in performing critical transmission and signal quality tests for maintaining analog, digital, HSD, and VoIP services. Since new features and services can be downloaded via Trilithic’s free update website, the 860 DSPi Portable Analyzer promises to be the industry standard for data communication tools with long life cycles and an economical lifetime ownership cost.

The Challenge: The Escalating Costs of Plant Maintenance
The maintenance of broadband networks is a leading component of a network’s total cost of ownership (TOC). The fault finding of network problems as varied as RF noise, jitter, packet loss, among others, is one thing, but performing these tasks quickly and efficiently is another. A tool to improve troubleshooting speed, such as the DSPi 860 field analyzer, is crucial in controlling the escalating costs of plant maintenance.

Features to Shorten Trouble Calls
The 860 DSPi Field Analyzer takes advantage of flexible, digital signal processing (DSP) technology so it can be easily upgraded with features, or applications in the field, by simply downloading firmware and without changing meters. This portable instrument platform gives you the lowest lifetime costs in the industry. Some of the features include:

  • Measuring latency, jitter, packet loss, and other VoIP parameters in seconds.
  • Average BER function provides test data up to 10 times faster than other analyzers, so problem sources can be identified faster, shortening trouble calls.
  • CableLabs® certified DOCSIS 3.0 modem, enables a full complement of DOCSIS 3.0 tests, including complete statistical information about each of the bonded signals, including individual downstream receive levels and upstream transmit levels, downstream MER, and pre- and post-FEC BER.
  • Analyzing VoIP performance from end-to-end and from the subscriber to the CMTS.
  • Viewing in-channel spectrum characteristics with the Error Vector Spectrum mode.

Productivity Metrics for Workforce Management
While the 860 DSPi was designed to address the needs of technicians and engineers with extremely versatile measurement capabilities, it integrates with Trilithic’s TDM™ test data management server package to enable managers and others to configure and manage analyzer inventory, store measurement data, generate reports and create custom database queries. This integrated system lets operators track tech performance, control the quality of installations and develop and monitor productivity improvement metrics via a connection to the company billing system.

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Trilithic Introduces New Find-and-Fix Option for the 860 DSPi Field Analyzer

INDIANAPOLIS (November 14, 2011) – Trilithic, an industry leader in broadband test and measurement solutions, announced today a new test suite option for its 860 DSPi Field Analyzer. The LD-1 Linear Distortion Suite enables technicians to track down and efficiently troubleshoot linear distortions that can seriously degrade the digital signals running on modern cable networks.

The new LD-1 Suite solves many of the common issues technicians often face when encountering linear distortion-related problems, such as manually looking for bad passives, split cables and loose or corroded hardware. Paired with the Frequency Domain Reflectometer (FDR), this new find-and-fix option quickly and accurately determines the distance to all types of cable faults that cause microreflections and in-channel linear distortions. Using this test suite, technicians can identify and analyze the distortions, pinpoint the location of the defect causing the problem, and restore two-way service immediately.

Some of the benefits of the LD-1 Suite for the 860 DSPi include: more efficient troubleshooting without the need to swap out hardware or inspect miles of plant; enabling the technician to work independently, without the need to wait for further information from a server application or return maintenance system; and immediate restoration of two-way service at subscriber expectations, with the minimum mean time to repair (MTTR).

The LD-1 Linear Distortion Suite is available to install on all current 860 DSPi devices with a DOCSIS 2 or DOCSIS 3 8×4 modem. To see a demonstration of the 860 DSPi Field Analyzer and LD-1 Suite, visit booth #554 at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta. For more information about the LD-1 Suite, visit instruments.trilithic.com or call (800) 344-2412.

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Trilithic Names New Senior Director of Sales

Indianapolis (Friday, April 29, 2011) – Trilithic Inc., a leader in Broadband Instruments and Systems has named Lance Bannister Senior Director of Sales for Trilithic Inc.’s Broadband Instruments Division. In his new expanded role, Bannister will be responsible for leading the sales efforts in the broadband group.

Bannister Joined Trilithic in 2004 providing in depth technical support to Trilithic’s customers as the Applications Engineering Manager.  Since then he has worked on numerous initiatives with the sales team and most recently served as Major Accounts Engineering Manager at Trilithic.

“With Lance’s experience with our customers and in the field, he is a major contributor to our continued growth in the broadband marketplace.” Says Terry Bush, President of Trilithic. “We look forward to his continued contributions.”

Bannister is a graduate of Almeda University and has spent almost 30 years in cable instrumentation serving in various technical leadership positions for Wavetek (now JDSU).

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Trilithic Introduces the MetroNet 5000 Advanced Ethernet, IP and LAN Test Set

Indianapolis, IN. (Wednesday September 22, 2010) – Trilithic, a leader in broadband test and measurement solutions proudly introduces the MetroNet 5000™ Ethernet and IP test-set for cable, telecom and wireless service providers. The MetroNet 5000 offers comprehensive test and monitoring functions to isolate and solve problems in the network core, edge, NOC and data center. Designed for construction, customer turn-up and maintenance applications; this test-set offers numerous built-in tests for complete Ethernet, IP and LAN testing in one small lightweight handheld.

The MetroNet 5000 features dual 10GbE interfaces for in-line monitoring and wrap-around testing at 10GbE for faster problem resolution. With powerful packet and frame filtering the user can focus and filter measurements on several types of traffic and even emulate a particular carrier service. The MetroNet 5000 has the flexibility to flood device-under-test port traffic for stress testing of routers and switches and simulate distributed denial of service attacks and intrusions to emulate viruses and security breaches.

“It’s a sophisticated test set that’s simple to use and budget conscious.” Says Terry Bush, President of Trilithic. “Its light weight and intuitive design are trademarks of Trilithic systems and it sets new standards in the Ethernet and IP realm for features versus price.”

The MetroNet 5000 is the first true lightweight solution in its class weighing less than three pounds. This test set is currently available in four versions with different port configurations, the 5020 which has two GbE interfaces, the 5100 with one 10GbE interface, the 5120 which has one 10GbE interface and two GbE interfaces and the 5200 equipped with two 10GbE interfaces. Each model has includes the same robust complement of software functions. Optional software is also available for packet capture analysis, VoIP testing and 10GbE WAN PHY.

The MetroNet 5000 Ethernet Test Set will be available for demonstration at the OSP Expo October 13-14th, San Antonio, Texas and at the Cable Tec Expo October 20-22nd, New Orleans Louisiana.

For further information or to schedule a free demonstration, visit www.trilithic.com

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Trilithic, Inc. Unveils TFS-2000 Series Optical Time Domain Reflectometers

Indianapolis, IN, (Wednesday, June 30, 2010), – Trilithic, a leader in broadband test and measurement solutions today unveiled its new TFS-2000™ Series of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs). Designed for everyday use in the field on a wide variety of networks, the TFS-2000™ Series combine a video scope, insertion loss test set and visible light source in one small, handheld unit. Priced very competitively, they are the only OTDRs in their price range with all-in-one capability.

“Years ago, Trilithic made a commitment to develop forward-thinking, competitively priced solutions for the market,” said Terry Bush, President of Trilithic, Inc. “The TFS-2000™ Series is an outgrowth of that commitment, bringing multiple capabilities together in one rugged package that will make field testing more productive, efficient and cost-effective.”

The TFS-2000™ Series OTDRs offer nearly instantaneous boot up time, an optional video scope for inspecting fiber connections and a 2 meter event dead zone that provides resolution typically found in much higher priced OTDRs. Built-in light source and power meter eliminate the need for separately maintained and operated meters while replaceable NiMh batteries reduce the cost of ownership. Trace or tabular results presentation enables user settable thresholds for pass/fail, for ease of use in the field. In addition, the products’ PC-based companion software affords greater trace storage and more thorough analysis of results.

Featuring speed, wide dynamic range, an easy to read color display, a rugged package and short dead zone, these light weight, easy-to-use OTDRs are ideal for novice field technicians and seasoned veterans. Used in conjunction with Trilithic’s TFS-301™ power meter and TFS-201™ light source, users can easily perform insertion loss tests and do fast, easy trace analysis and reporting with the supplied software.

TFS-2000™ Series OTDRs are available in dual single mode, dual multimode and quad wavelength configurations: TFS-2225 – Dual wavelength (850/1300 nm); TFS-2250 – Dual wavelength (1310/1550 nm); and TFS-2500 – Quad Wavelength (850/1300/1310/1550 nm).

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New Product: TFS-FS1K500 Series Optical Leakage Detection Kits

Indianapolis, IN, (Monday, June 07, 2010), Trilithic, a leader in broadband test and measurement solutions proudly releases the new TFS-FS1K500™ Series Optical Leakage Detection Kits designed to locate energy leaks in fiber optic systems. This Optical Leakage Detector pinpoints energy leaks in fiber optic systems from splices, connectors, breakage or bending, even in bright light and can identify fibers at a fiber length of at least 186 Miles from the laser source.

With a simple sweep over a fiber, it notifies you of a leak both visually and audibly, making leak detection in the field simple and fast. The TFS-FS1 is used for fiber identification, and it’s suitable for both long-distance and local testing, such as dead-zone areas or patch panel and enclosure applications where exact pinpointing of a fault is critical and difficult using other troubleshooting methods.

A perfect complement to the TFS-FS1™ Optical Leakage Detector is the TFS-201™ Optical Light Source or TFS-290™ Series Optical Tracer Source.

The TFS-201™ Optical Light Source provides the stability needed to allow more accurate testing with stable source of light on which to base measurements. The TFS-201™ Optical Light Source allows simultaneous operation of both outputs or individual operation with CW, 30 Hz, 500 Hz, or 2 kHz modulation for use with leak detectors or fiber identifiers. The optical light source operates at 1310 nm or 1550 nm with ST, SC and FC adapters.

When used with the Optical Leakage Detector, The TFS-290™ Series Optical Tracer Sources, allows technicians to perform leak detection and long distance optical tracing. The sources provide the specific tone-modulated light output required by the TFS-FS1 and some fiber identifiers.

The TFS-290 Series of tracer sources feature a either a high power +5 dBm or very high power +15 dBm modulated output at 2kHz thereby allowing them to be used as tracer signal generators for use with the TFS-FS1 Optical Leakage Detector and most popular fiber identifiers.

Available both individually and in three different kit variations, the TFS-FS1 K500 is your ideal solution for Fiber Optic Leakage Detection.

Each kit includes the TFS-FS1™ Optical Leakage Detector with wide band IR filter (1280 – 1620 nm), TFS-TSA™ Aerial Lens & Scope Kit and your choice of either a light source or tracer source.

For further information or to schedule a free demonstration, please visit us at www.trilithic.com/Fiber

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