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Modular Network Tester Mainframe Users Guide

In This Guide....
This users guide contains information for using the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The contents of this guide are described below. For a description of other Agilent documents which may be useful to you, please consult Related Documents" on page 96, below.

Chapter 1, Safety Information, starting on page 11


This Chapter contains safety information that you must follow to ensure safe operation, and to maintain your instrument in a safe condition.

Chapter 2, Getting Started, starting on page 23


This Chapter introduces you to the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe, and then describes the main software features.

Chapter 3, Connections, starting on page 37


This Chapter describes the various hardkeys, and tells you how to connect with modules, cables and other accessories. It also describes the two main power sources: the Intelligent Battery and AC/DC adapter.

Chapter 4, File Utility mode, starting on page 47


This Chapter describes the File Utility mode, which is one of the main modes accessible from the Applications Screen. You use the File Utility mode to perform standard operations on files, such as saving, transferring, and deleting.

Chapter 5, Instrument Configuration mode, starting on page 57


This Chapter describes the Instrument Configuration mode, which is another major mode accessible from the Applications Screen. Instrument Configuration mode allows you to customize the configuration of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe.

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Appendix A, Installation, starting on page 67


This Appendix provides installation instructions for the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe and gives an overview of the main Interfaces.

Appendix B, Specifications, Options, and Accessories, starting on page 73


This Appendix contains a list of Specifications for your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. It also contains a list of options and accessories that are provided or may be ordered.

Appendix C, Cleaning Information, starting on page 79


This Appendix contains information as to how best clean your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, along with some general safety precautions that you should follow when cleaning your instrument.

Appendix D, Troubleshooting, starting on page 89


This Appendix contains a list of common questions about the use of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, with some suggested answers.

Appendix E, Further Information, starting on page 95


This Appendix lists other documents and Websites that provide further information about the Agilent Modular Network Tester, and contact numbers for Agilent Sales and Support.

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Contents
1 Safety Information Safety Summary 12 Environmental conditions 12 Before applying power 12 Do not operate in an explosive atmosphere 12 Do not remove the instrument cover 12 Symbols Used in This Document 13 Table 1. Symbols used in this document 13 Laser Safety Information 14 Table 2. Initial Laser Safety Information 14 Laser class 1M label, Agilent N3910AM, N3910AL, N3911AL, and N3914AL 15 Figure 1. Safety Label for OTDR modules 15 AC Line Power Supply Requirements 17 Line power cable 17 Figure 2. Line power cables plug identification DC Power Supply Requirements Battery Requirements 20 Battery disposal 20 Operating and Storage Environment 21 Table 3. Acceptable temperatures and humidity Declaration of Conformity 2 Getting Started The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel 24 22 21 19

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Figure 3. The Modular Network Tester Mainframe keys 24 Table 4. Modular Network Tester Mainframe front panel keys 24 Starting Up 25 The Applications Screen 26 Figure 4. The Applications Screen 26 The Modular Network Tester Mainframe modes Navigation and Selection 28 The Navigation key and Select key 28 Figure 5. The Navigation key and Select key The Touch Screen 28 Figure 6. Touch Screen Stylus 29 Softkeys 29 Figure 7. Softkeys 30

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Special Features 31 Onscreen Help 31 Table 5. Help softkeys 31 The Onscreen Keyboard 32 Figure 8. The Onscreen Keyboard 32 Table 6. Onscreen Keyboard special Screen Buttons Table 7. Onscreen Keyboard Softkey functions 33 The Onscreen Numeric Keypad 34 Figure 9. Onscreen Numeric Keypad 34 Taking a Screendump/printout of the current screen 3 Connections

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External Connections 38 Figure 10. Modular Network Tester Mainframe External Connections 38 Table 8. Modular Network Tester Mainframe External Connections 39 Snap-On Modules
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Snapping On a module 40 Figure 11. Snapping On a module 41 Figure 12. Attaching the back panel 41 The Tilt Stand 42 Figure 13. Modular Network Tester Mainframe resting on a Tilt Stand 42 The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Intelligent Battery Figure 14. The Intelligent Battery 43 Inserting and removing the Intelligent Battery 43 Figure 15. Inserting and removing the Intelligent Battery Charging the Intelligent Battery 44 Battery Storage 45 Connecting the AC Power Supply 46 Figure 16. Attaching an AC Power Supply 4 File Utility mode The File Utility mode Screen 48 Figure 17. The File Utility mode screen 48 The File Directory 48 The File Utility Screen Buttons 49 Table 9. File Utility Screen Buttons 49 The File Utility Softkeys 50 Table 10. File Utility softkeys 50 What you can do in File Utility mode 51 Selecting items 51 The internal directory structure 51 External devices 52 Filters 52 Table 11. Filter types 52 Simple File Utility mode operations 53 How to delete files or folders 53 46 43

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How to rename files or folders 54 How to copy files or folders 54 How to create a new folder 55 5 Instrument Configuration mode The Instrument Configuration mode screens and Softkeys The Instrument Configuration mode Softkeys 58 Table 12. Instrument Configuration softkeys 58 The Instrument Config 1 Screen 58 Table 13. Instrument Config 1 Settings 58 The Instrument Config 2 Screen 59 Table 14. Instrument Config 2 Settings 59 The I/O Config Screen 60 The Update Screen 60 Some Simple Instrument Configuration mode Operations How to change the logo 62 How to change the date and time 63 How to recalibrate the Touch Screen 64 How to update the language and firmware 64 A Installation Initial Inspection 68 Internal back-up battery 68 58

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Interfaces 69 Parallel Printer Interface 69 RS232 Interface 69 USB PC (upstream) Connector 69 USB Video Microscope (downstream) Connector LAN Connector 69 Headset (Earphone and Microphone) 70 Analog Monitor Connector 70 Keyboard Connector 70

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Programming User Tasks on a PC B Specifications, Options, and Accessories Specifications 74 Storage 74 PCMCIA 74 Display 74 Human interface Interfaces 74 General 75 Power 75

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Options 76 Table 15. Service and Support Options Table 16. Localization options 76 Table 17. Power cord options 77 Accessories 78 Table 18. Optional accessories C Cleaning Information Safety Precautions 80 78

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Why is it Important to Clean Optical Devices ? Standard Cleaning Equipment 82

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How to Clean Connectors 84 Preferred procedure 84 Procedure for stubborn dirt 84 An alternative procedure 85 How to Clean the Modular Network Tester Mainframe Light dirt 86 Heavy dirt 86 How to Clean the Touch Screen 87 86

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Troubleshooting Troubleshooting: Booting Up 90 The instrument does not boot up Self Test Failure 90 90

Troubleshooting: Hardware Features 91 Touch Screen does not Work 91 Battery not recharging 91 LEDs do not work 92 Troubleshooting: External Connections 93 Connection does not work 93 External Device does not work 93 E Further Information Related Documents Service and Support 96 97 98 100

Claims and Repackaging 98 Return shipments to Agilent Technologies Optical Network Test Website 100 Figure 18. Optical Network Test Website

OTDR Solution Web Based Training 101 Figure 19. OTDR Web Based Training 101 Index

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1 Safety Information
Safety Summary 12 Laser Safety Information 14 AC Line Power Supply Requirements 17 DC Power Supply Requirements 19 Battery Requirements 20 Operating and Storage Environment 21 Declaration of Conformity 22

The following general safety precautions must be observed during all phases of operation of this instrument. Failure to comply with these precautions or with specific warnings elsewhere in this manual violates safety standards of design, manufacture, and intended use of the instrument. Agilent Technologies assumes no liability for the customers failure to comply with these requirements. Before operation, review the instrument and manual for safety markings and instructions. You must follow these to ensure safe operation and to maintain the instrument in safe condition.

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Safety Summary
This instrument (without AC Adapter) is intended for indoor and outdoor use (outdoor use without AC/DC adapter only). This product is a Safety Class 1 instrument. The product is powered by a battery or by an AC/DC adapter. The protective features of this product may be impaired if it is used in a manner not specified in the operation instructions. All Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) used in this product are Class 1 LEDs as per IEC 60825-1.

Environmental conditions
Refer to the specifications tables and Operating and Storage Environment" on page 21.

Before applying power


Verify that the product is set to match the available line voltage, and all safety precautions are taken. Note the instrument's external markings described under Laser Safety Information" on page 14.

Do not operate in an explosive atmosphere


Do not operate the instrument in the presence of flammable gases or fumes.

Do not remove the instrument cover


Operating personnel must not remove instrument covers. Component replacement and internal adjustments must be made only by qualified service personnel. Instruments that appear damaged or defective should be made inoperative and secured against unintended operation until they can be repaired by qualified service personnel.

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Symbols Used in This Document


The following symbols appear in this document. Table 1
Symbol

Symbols used in this document


Meaning Caution, refer to accompanying documents

Hazardous laser radiation

Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

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Laser Safety Information


The laser sources specified by this user guide are classified according to IEC 60825-1 (2001). The laser sources comply with 21 CFR 1040.10 except for deviations pursuant to Laser Notice No. 50, dated 2001-July-26.
Max.

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Initial Laser Safety Information


N3910AM N3910AL FP-Laser InGaAsP 1310/1550nm 600 W 9 m 0.1 Class 1M 52mW/1330 nm 163mW/1550 nm N3911AL FP-Laser/MQW-Laser InGaAsP 1550/1625 nm 600 W 9 m 0.1 Class 1M
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N3914AL FP-Laser/MQW-Laser* InGaAsP 1310/1550/1625 nm 600 W 9 m 0.1 Class 1M 52mW/1330 nm 163mW/1550/1625 nm

Laser Type Wavelength Max. average output power Beam waist diameter Numerical aperture Laser class according to IEC 60825-1 (2001) Max. permissible average output power * 1625 nm only

FP-Laser InGaAsP 1310/1550nm 600 W 9 m 0.1 Class 1M 52mW/1330 nm 163mW/1550 nm

163mW/1550/1625 nm

Max. average output power means the highest possible optical CW power that the laser source can produce at its output. Max. permissible CW output power is the highest optical power that is permitted within the appropriate IEC laser class.

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OTDRs emit repetitive pulses. According to the IEC 60825-1, the energy of these pulses is to be analyzed for all possible time spans. The results of these analyses is that the most critical case is the average power for the maximum time span of 100 s (time base).

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Laser class 1M label, Agilent N3910AM, N3910AL, N3911AL, and N3914AL

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Safety Label for OTDR modules

A sheet of laser safety labels is included with the laser module as required. In order to meet the requirements of IEC 60825-1 we recommend that you stick the laser safety labels, in your language, onto a suitable location on the outside of the instrument where they are clearly visible to anyone using the instrument.

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WA R N IN G

Please pay attention to the following laser safety warnings: Under no circumstances look into the end of an optical cable attached to the optical output when the device is operational. The laser radiation can seriously damage your eyesight. Do not enable the laser when there is no fiber attached to the optical output connector. The laser is enabled by pressing the gray button close to the optical output connector on the front panel of the module. The laser is on when the green LED on the front panel of the instrument is lit. The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard. The laser module has a built-in safety circuitry which will disable the optical output in the case of a fault condition. Refer servicing only to qualified and authorised personnel.

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AC Line Power Supply Requirements


The Agilent N3900A can operate through the supplied AC adapter between 100V and 240V 10%, at a frequency in the range from 50 to 60 Hz. The maximum power consumption is 60VA with all options installed.

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To avoid the possibility of injury or death, please note that the Agilent N3900A operated with the supplied AC Adapter has a floating DC output.

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The supplied AC Adapter is for indoor use only.

Line power cable


According to international safety standards, the external AC adapter has a three-wire power cable. The type of power cable shipped with each instrument depends on the country of destination. Refer to Figure 2 for the part numbers of the power cables available. You only need to use the line power cable to connect to the AC adapter.

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Figure 2

Line power cables plug identification

WA R N IN G

To avoid the possibility of injury or death, you must observe the following precautions before switching on the instrument. If this instrument is to be energized via an autotransformer for voltage reduction, ensure that the common terminal connects to the earth pole of the power source. Insert the power cable plug only into a socket outlet provided with a protective earth contact. Do not negate this protective action by the using an extension cord without a protective conductor.

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DC Power Supply Requirements


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When using a DC line supply, before switching on the instrument, make sure that the supply meets the local protection requirements.

The Agilent N3900A can operate from a DC power source that supplies 18V. The maximum power consumption during a quick charge is 60W with all options installed. Typical power consumption with one OTDR module attached is 15W.

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Battery Requirements
Your battery passed a safety test and is UL-recognized. For the best results, wipe the battery with a soft dry cloth if it becomes dirty. Do not disassemble or attempt to open the battery under any circumstances. The battery can explode, leak or catch fire if heated or exposed to fire or high temperatures. Do not short circuit the battery by directly connecting the metal terminals (+,-). Be certain that no metal objects such as coins, paper clips and so on touch the terminals. Do not drop the battery or subject it to mechanical shock. The battery is a consumable part and is not subject to the Agilent N3900A warranty.

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Battery disposal
LiIon and NiMH Batteries must be disposed of in a responsible fashion according to the laws in the country where the product is used.

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Safety Information

Operating and Storage Environment


The following summarizes the Agilent N3900A operating environment ranges. In order for the Modular Network Tester Mainframe to meet specifications, the operating environment must be within these limits.

Temperature and humidity


Protect the instrument from temperature extremes and changes in temperature that may cause condensation within it. The temperatures and the humidity for the Agilent N3900A are given in the table below. Please note the restricted operating range when you are using the optional floppy disk drive. Table 3 Acceptable temperatures and humidity
Operating Temperature All/Complete Systems Systems using Floppy Disk Drive Battery charging 0C to 50C 5C to 45C 0C to 40C Storage Temperature -20C to 60C -20C to 60C Humidity

95% at 0C to 40C
35% to 80% at 40C

Altitude
The Agilent N3900A can be used up to 2000m (6500ft.)

Overvoltage and Pollution


The Agilent N3900A complies with overvoltage category II and is designed for pollution degree 2 (IEC 60664-1).

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Declaration of Conformity

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2 Getting Started
The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel 24 The Applications Screen 26 Navigation and Selection 28 Special Features 31

This Chapter introduces you to the main software features of the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The Agilent Modular Network Tester Mainframe is a portable, light- weight and rugged mainframe for outside plant usage. Up to 3 Snap-On Modules can be attached to the mainframe. The unit is battery-operated (with built-in charger), and also has an external AC Power Supply supplied. Measurement data can be stored on the internal memory (up to 170 MB), floppy disk or a PCMCIA card with up to 512 MB (or CompactFlash plus PCMCIA adapter). The Modular Network Tester has Touch Screen, Navigation key and Softkeys. The user interface can be set to your experience level. A fiber microscope, with a serial USB connection, can be connected to the Modular Network Tester, allowing evaluation of optical connectors, free from eye safety hazards. The Modular Network Tester is based on a RISC processor architecture with real time operating system VXWorks for mission critical operations. For instructions about how to install your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, please consult Appendix A, Installation, starting on page 67.

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The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel

Run/Stop key Navigation key Internal Speaker Select key

Softkeys

Help key
Internal Microphone

On/Off key / Power On Indicator Figure 3 The Modular Network Tester Mainframe keys

Battery Charging Indicator

You can see the following keys on the Front Panel. Table 4
Key Run/Stop key Navigation key Select key Softkeys On/Off key Power On Indicator

Modular Network Tester Mainframe front panel keys


Function Press the Run/Stop key to start or stop a measurement. For more information, see the Agilent OTDR Modules Users Guide (N3910-90A11) Use the Navigation key to navigate around the menu system, or to move markers and so on. You can navigate up, down, left, and right. Use the Select key to select the currently highlighted object. Press the Softkeys to perform commonly required actions. The application of the Softkeys changes according to context. Press the On/Off key to turn your Modular Network Tester Mainframe on and off. The green Power On Indicator (behind the On/Off key) is lit when the Modular Network Tester Mainframe is powered on.

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Table 4
Key

Modular Network Tester Mainframe front panel keys


Function The red Battery Charging Indicator is lit when the battery is charging. Press the Help key to receive context-sensitive Onscreen Help, with links to more general Help topics.

Battery Charging Indicator Help key

Starting Up
To start your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, press the On/Off key below the screen for one second (see Figure 3, The Modular Network Tester Mainframe keys, on page 24). Switching on brings up a boot-on screen. If the instrument does not start, check that the Power On Indicator is lit, or that a battery is inserted (see The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Intelligent Battery" on page 43). When the Intelligent Battery is discharged down to a level that is harmful for the battery, the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Test mainframe will not discharge the battery any further. This protects the battery from damage. In this case, the mainframe will not power on. For more Troubleshooting tips, see Appendix D, Troubleshooting.

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The Applications Screen


The Applications Screen is the first screen that you see when you turn on the Modular Network Tester Mainframe for the first time. It contains links to the 3 available modes on the Modular Network Tester Mainframe (see The Modular Network Tester Mainframe modes). When you snap on a Module, you see links to modes which affect this module. See the documentation for the modules (listed in Related Documents" on page 96) for full details.

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The Applications Screen

You can navigate to the mode you want and press the Select key. Alternatively, you can select a mode with the Touch Screen Stylus. See Navigation and Selection, below.

The Modular Network Tester Mainframe modes


The following modes are available

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Instrument Configuration mode


Instrument Configuration mode enables you to set up the configuration for general features concerning the Modular Network Tester Mainframe. Instrument Configuration mode is discussed in greater detail in Chapter 5, Instrument Configuration mode, starting on page 57.

Instrument Information mode


Instrument Information mode gives you general information about your Modular Network Tester Mainframe hardware and software.

File Utility mode


File Utility mode enables you to look at the internal directory structure of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe or an added device, and to copy or delete files. File Utility mode is discussed in greater detail in Chapter 4, File Utility mode, starting on page 47.

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Navigation and Selection


There are 3 ways of navigating and selecting on the Modular Network Tester Mainframe. Choose the method that best suits your preferred way of working.

The Navigation key and Select key


Use the Navigation key to highlight the option you want, then press the Select key. The Navigation key and Select key are to the top right of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe screen.

Navigation Key Select Key

Figure 5

The Navigation key and Select key

The Touch Screen


Use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the option you want. The Touch Screen Stylus is attached to the back of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe within the Tilt Stand (see The Tilt Stand" on page 42). Please do not use any sharp object instead of the Touch Screen Stylus, as this could damage the Touch Screen.

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It may be necessary to calibrate your Touch Screen before it can be properly used. For details of calibrating your Touch Screen, see How to recalibrate the Touch Screen" on page 64.

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Touch Screen Stylus

Softkeys
Press the Softkey next to the action that you want to perform. The function of each Softkey changes according to context, and only the most common actions are possible. The Softkeys are to the bottom right of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe screen.

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Softkeys

Figure 7

Softkeys

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Special Features
The Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe contains a number of features that are available in several contexts: Onscreen Help is available at all times when you press the Help key at the bottom of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The Onscreen Help is both context-sensitive (relating to the current screen) and general. The The Onscreen Keyboard is available whenever you need to enter text. It is activated by Modular Network Tester Mainframe keys, which means that you do not have to attach an external keyboard. The Onscreen Numeric Keypad is available whenever you need to enter a numerical value. You can usually either choose a value from a dropdown menu, or enter your own value. Taking a Screendump/printout of the current screen is also possible, just by holding down the Help key for 3-4 seconds. Screendumps are saved as a PCX file, printouts taken on the attached printer.

Onscreen Help
Press the Help key below the screen to display a context sensitive help text. You can then use the Softkeys to perform the following actions. Table 5
Softkey [Back] [Home] [Index]

Help softkeys
Function Return to the previous help text. Return to the original help text for the current context. Get a list of all the help topics, sorted alphabetically.

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Table 5
Softkey [Contents] [Print]

Help softkeys
Function Go to the highest level table of contents for the mainframe or the module you are using currently. Print the current help topic on the configured print device. Move to the next or previous selection of Softkeys.

[1/2] and [2/2]

Crossreferences

Cross-references between help texts are underlined. You can navigate to a cross-reference and press the Select key, or use the Touch Screen to jump to a new Help screen.

The Onscreen Keyboard


You can use the Onscreen Keyboard to enter text. Enter characters either by navigating to them and pressing the Select key, or by using the Touch Screen Stylus.

Figure 8

The Onscreen Keyboard

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As well as normal alphanumeric characters, you can select the following Screen Buttons: Table 6
Screen Button Esc

Onscreen Keyboard special Screen Buttons


Function Abort without making any changes Move one character to the left Move one character to the right

Ins Del Caps Shift Ok

Toggle between inserting and overwriting This is only relevant if you are adding text before the end of a string. Delete the character to the left Capitalize all text that is entered afterwards Capitalize only the next character you enter Enter the text and leave this screen

Additionally, you can select the following Softkeys: Table 7


Softkey [Ok] [Cancel] [Default] [Del. All] [Delete]

Onscreen Keyboard Softkey functions


Function Enter the text and leave this screen Abort without making any changes Enter the text for the Default name Delete all of the text Delete the character to the left

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The Onscreen Numeric Keypad


A number of applications (for example from Instrument Configuration mode) require you to enter a numerical value. You often see a dropdown menu, from which you can choose a value, with an extra option: Specify value. If you select Specify value, you see an Onscreen Numeric Keypad which allows you to input a number of your choice.

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Onscreen Numeric Keypad

Enter a value by selecting the numbers on the Onscreen Numeric Keypad (you can either use the Touch Screen, or navigate to the number you want and press the Select key). When you have selected the number you want, select Ok. Keypad arrows To edit a number, use the arrows at the top of the Keypad. Use the Left and Right arrows to highlight one of the number columns (units, tens, hundreds, and so on). Use the Up and Down arrows to increment or decrement that column.

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So, to change from 70 to 90, click Left until 7 is highlighted. Then click Up twice to increment to 80, then to 90. +/- and Unit Use the +/- Screen Button to change the sign of the value (for example from +70 to -70, or from -70 to +70). Use the Unit Screen Button to change the units in which the value is being measured (for example from meters to kilometers). Both these Screen Buttons only have effect where it would make sense to change the sign or units. Softkeys You can use Softkeys to ok or cancel a value. You can also select [Default] to select the factory default, and [Preset] to select the most recent value.

Taking a Screendump/printout of the current screen


To take a Screendump or printout of the current screen, simply hold the Help key for 2 seconds. You see a message headed Hard Copy: What do you want to do ?, with 3 Screen Buttons: Print, Save, and Cancel. Select the Print Screen Button or the [Print] Softkey (the top one) to print the current screen. Before you do this, make sure that a printer is attached (see External Connections" on page 38). Select the Save Screen Button or the [Save] Softkey (the second one) to save the screen as a PCX file. You can choose the device on which the file is saved, and specify its name. For more information about operations on files, see Chapter 4, File Utility mode. Select the Cancel Screen Button or the [Cancel] Softkey (the third one) to cancel this operation.

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3 Connections
External Connections 38 Snap-On Modules 40 The Tilt Stand 42 The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Intelligent Battery 43 Connecting the AC Power Supply 46

This Chapter introduces you to the main hardware features of the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe. It introduces you the various ways of connecting external devices and modules to your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. In particular, it tells you about the 2 main power supplies of the Modular Network Tester: the Intelligent Battery, and the AC Power Supply.

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External Connections
Earphone Microphone Floppy Disk Drive

RS232 interface

Parallel Printer interface

PCMCIA Slots Keyboard Connector AC Power Supply Analog Monitor Connector Module Connector Bus USB Video Microscope Connector (USB downstream port)

Volume Display Control Brightness Control

LAN Connector USB PC Connector (USB upstream port)

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Modular Network Tester Mainframe External Connections The Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe allows you to connect to a variety of external devices. You find most connections under the cover at the top of the instrument (see figure above). These connections are listed in the table below.

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Connections

Table 8
Connection

Modular Network Tester Mainframe External Connections


What you can do Attach a headset. * Insert a floppy disk For more details about, for example, copying and saving files to external devices, see Chapter 4, File Utility mode. Attach an RS232 cable (Agilent Product Number 5180-2477 or the cable supplied with your instrument) For extra information, see RS232 Interface" on page 69. Attach a Centronics interface (Agilent Product Number 5180-0010C), for example for a printer. For extra information, see Parallel Printer Interface" on page 69. Insert one or two PCMCIA cards For more details about, for example, copying and saving files to external devices, see Chapter 4, File Utility mode. Attach an external PS2 keyboard Please note that if you do not want to use an external keyboard, an on screen keyboard is available (see The Onscreen Keyboard" on page 32). Attach the supplied Adapter Cable, for example for a PC monitor or a LCD projector. When the Adapter is plugged in, take care not to harm the connection by damaging the cable or the Modular Network Tester Mainframe connector. A SVGA signal with 60 Hz is delivered on this port. Attach a Downstream USB device for connection to, for example, a PC. * Attach an Upstream USB for connection to, for example, the Agilent Video Microscope (Agilent Product Number N3988A). Insert a standard LAN Cable for data transfer. * The Agilent Modular Network Tester Mainframe supports 10 BaseT and 100 BaseT. Adjust the brightness of the backlight. Alter the volume of the speakers.

Earphone and Microphone Floppy Disk Drive

RS232 Interface

Parallel Printer Interface

PCMCIA Slot

Keyboard Connector

Analog Monitor Connector

USB PC (upstream) Connector USB Video Microscope (downstream) Connector LAN Connector Display Brightness Control Volume Control

* These features are not active in the Software Revision 1.0. For details of availability, please consult your Agilent Technologies representative, or the Agilent ONT Webpage (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100).

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Snap-On Modules
You can attach up to 3 Snap-On Modules into your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The mainframe detects when a new module is attached, and launches the relevant application. It does not matter in which order you attach the modules: all modules can be inserted in all positions. All modules can operate in parallel, although only one application is visible a time. To see the results or modify any measurement parameters of a different module, you must switch to the application for this module. For details of the modules that you can attach to your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, please consult the Agilent OTDR Modules Users Guide (N3910-90A11) and the Agilent Optical Switch Modules Operating Guide (N3940-90A21).

Snapping On a module
You attach (snap on) a module to the back of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. If a module is already attached, you can snap new modules onto the back of the current one. You may have up to three modules attached to your Mainframe. Use the hinges at the back of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe to attach the module (see Figure 11). You connect the module as follows: Snapping On a module
Step 1 Switch off your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. 2 Attach the 2 Steel Clips on the back of your module to the Latches on the back of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe 3 Push the button at the side of the module. 4 Snap the module onto the back of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The Latches are marked on the first diagram of Figure 11. The button is marked on the second diagram of Figure 11. See the third diagram of Figure 11.

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Snapping On a module
Step 5 Switch on your Modular Network Tester Mainframe again.

Notes

Attach Module to Latches

Press button at side of module

Snap module onto mainframe

Figure 11

Snapping On a module When you have attached all the modules you want, you can attach the back panel, containing the Tilt Stand (see below) and Touch Screen Stylus (Figure 12).

Figure 12

Attaching the back panel

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The Tilt Stand


The back panel of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe contains a Tilt Stand which allows you to rest the Modular Network Tester Mainframe at 4 different angles. You can attach the Tilt Stand to the back of a module, or, if no modules are attached, to the back of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The Tilt Stand contains a holder where you can keep your Touch Screen Stylus. Figure 13 shows an example of a Modular Network Tester Mainframe resting on its Tilt Stand.

Figure 13

Modular Network Tester Mainframe resting on a Tilt Stand

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The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Intelligent Battery


The Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe contains a battery, which can be inserted in the slot at the foot of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe (see below). At the end of the battery there is a Battery Full Indicator (see Figure 14). This shows you how full the battery is (measured as a percentage).

Battery Full Indicator

Figure 14

The Intelligent Battery

Inserting and removing the Intelligent Battery

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Make sure that you insert the battery in the correct direction, and that you close the battery cap correctly. Only use the Agilent spare LiIon battery pack (Agilent Product Number N3985A) or comparable batteries. Other batteries may be damaged by the Modular Network Tester Mainframe battery charger.

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Before inserting or removing the battery, pull the cap at the bottom of the instrument. You can then slide the battery in or out.

Figure 15

Inserting and removing the Intelligent Battery

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Do not insert the battery while operating the instrument.

Charging the Intelligent Battery


The Modular Network Tester Mainframe has a built-in charger. It is able to charge the battery operating or non-operating. Fast-charge is typically performed non-operating in 2 hours. When you charge the battery for the first time, insert the battery and connect the AC-Adapter (see Connecting the AC Power Supply on page 46). If your battery is new or has been in storage for a long time, you may need to charge it two or three times to achieve optimum performance levels.

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For the best battery performance and accuracy of the fuel gauge (showing percentage use of the battery), completely discharge the battery, then make a complete fast charge cycle (non-operating), and completely discharge the battery again. You must ensure that the charging cycle is not interrupted by a battery discharge, and that the discharge cycle is not interrupted by battery charging.

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Battery temperature

It is best if you charge the battery at a limited and controlled temperature (10C to 35C, 50F to 95F). It is normal for the battery to become warm during charging or after use. A new charging cycle will be activated when the battery is discharged to 20% of its complete capacity.

Battery Storage
Remove your battery from the Modular Network Tester Mainframe when not in use. Store at room temperature (59F to 86F, 15C to 30C), and in a dry place for optimal performance. A charged battery will gradually lose its charge if left in storage. It is therefore better if you top-off the charge before use. It is good practise to recharge the battery every 2-3 months during storage.

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Connecting the AC Power Supply

Figure 16

Attaching an AC Power Supply

To connect an AC Power Supply, open the flap at the back of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe (at the bottom left of your instrument, when you are looking from the front. See Figure 16). When the AC Power Supply is connected, the green Power On Indicator at the front of the instrument (see Figure 3 on page 24) is lit. If your Intelligent Battery is less than 80% full, it is automatically charged, and the red Battery Charging Indicator is also lit.

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4 File Utility mode


The File Utility mode Screen 48 What you can do in File Utility mode 51 Simple File Utility mode operations 53

You enter File Utility mode by selecting File Utilities from the Applications Screen. File Utility mode allows you to perform standard operations on one or more files.

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The File Utility mode Screen


The File Utility mode screen is divided into 3 columns. On the left, is the File Directory, showing all the files and subfolder in the current folder. In the middle are the File Utility Screen Buttons, which you can use to perform various File Utility mode operations. On the right are the File Utility Softkeys, which you can use to perform the most common File Utility mode operations.

File Directory

File Utility Screen Buttons Softkeys

Figure 17

The File Utility mode screen

The File Directory


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To select a file, either navigate left to the File Directory, and press the Select key, or use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the file. To view other folders, you can select a subfolder, or .. for the parent of the current folder. Alternatively, you can use the [Change Dir] Softkey (see below) or double-click on the folder name with the Touch Screen Stylus. To view files in a different device (for example, on a floppy disk or Flash Card), select the Devices Screen Button or Softkey (see below).

The File Utility Screen Buttons


Some of the File Utility Screen Buttons require you to select a file from the File Directory (see above). If a utility cannot be used, its Screen Button is grayed. The following Screen Buttons are available on the File Utility mode screen: Table 9 File Utility Screen Buttons
Function Change the device being displayed View only files with a particular extension. Select all the items being viewed in the current folder. Unselect all of the items that are currently selected.

Screen Button Devices Filter Select All Unselect All

Make Directory Create a new folder. Remove Copy Rename Delete the selected file(s) or folder(s). Copy the selected file(s) or folder(s) to a new folder or device. Rename the selected file

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The File Utility Softkeys


The following Softkeys are available on the File Utility mode screen:
[

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Softkey [Close] [Copy] [Devices] [Filter]

File Utility softkeys


Function Exit File Utility mode Copy the selected file(s) or folder(s) to a new folder or device. Change the device being displayed View only files with a particular extension. View files from a different folder.

[Change Dir]

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What you can do in File Utility mode


Before you perform most operations in File Utility mode, you must first select one or more items (file(s) and/or folder(s)). Once you have selected an item, you can then perform an operation, such as copying or deleting that item. You can either select items from the current folder (the one you see in the File Directory), a different folder in the internal memory, or from a different device, such as a floppy disk or PCMCIA card.

Selecting items
You normally select an item or items from the File Directory. You can do this in one of two ways. You can select the item you want with the Touch Screen Stylus. Alternatively, navigate left, then navigate up or down to the item you want, and press the Select key. Clicking on an item (or pressing the Select key) a second time, deselects it. You can select or unselect all items in the current folder by pressing the Select all or Unselect all Screen Button. Selected items are highlighted.

The internal directory structure


By default, the File Directory shows the top-level folder of the internal directory structure (you see the text Path: /Internal just above the list of items). You can create subfolders of this, or other, folders by using the Make Directory Screen Button. Subfolders are indicated by a folder icon to the left of the name. You can see the items in a subfolder by double-clicking on the folder name with the Touch Screen, by navigating to the folder and double-clicking the Select key, or by highlighting the folder, then selecting the [Change Dir] softkey.

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External devices
The full list of devices available includes: /Fdd: the current disk in the built-in floppy disk drive /Internal: the internal memory in the mainframe /Card1 and /Card2: the current card(s) in the built-in PCMCIA card drive. Flash-cards up to 512 MB are accepted in the PCMCIA slot. PCMCIA devices, such as modems or network cards, do not work in this slot.

Filters
You set a Filter by either pressing the [Filter] softkey or Screen Button. You see a dropdown menu, from which you can specify that only items of a certain type are shown. You can customize which filters are available, but the following filters are common. Table 11
Filter *.BMP *.* *.SOR, *.SET

Filter types
Type bitmaps all items trace files and settings files (see the OTDR Modules Users Guide for more information).

To remove a filter, simply select the option *.*.

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Simple File Utility mode operations


This section contains some worked examples of how to perform simple File Utility mode operations. The examples assume that you are already in File Utility mode, that is, that you have selected File Utilities from the Applications Screen (see The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel" on page 24). The section contains the following examples: How to delete files or folders How to rename files or folders How to copy files or folders How to create a new folder

How to delete files or folders


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Deleting a folder will delete all of the subfolders and files in the folder.

How to delete files or folders


Step 1 Select a single file or folder Action a b c d Navigate left to the File Directory. Navigate down to the item you want. Press the Select key. If you want to select more than one item, repeat the above steps. Notes Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select an item from the File Directory structure.

2 Remove the item

a Navigate right to the File Utility Screen Buttons. b Navigate down to Remove. c Press the Select key. d You see a message asking you to confirm deletion, Press the Select key to confirm.

Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the Remove Screen Button.

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How to rename files or folders


How to rename files or folders
Step 1 Select a single file or folder Action a Navigate left to the File Directory. b Navigate down to the item you want. c Press the Select key. a Navigate right to the File Utility Screen Buttons. b Navigate down to Rename. c Press the Select key. a Navigate to the first letter of the new name, then press the Select key. b Repeat this process for subsequent letters. c When you have entered the name you want, navigate to Ok and press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select an item from the File Directory. Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the Rename Screen Button. Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the letters of the name, then Ok. For more information about using the Onscreen Keyboard, see The Onscreen Keyboard" on page 32.

2 Select Rename

3 Enter a new name

How to copy files or folders


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Copying a folder will copy all of the subfolders and files in the folder.

How to copy files or folders


Step 1 Select a single file or folder Action a Navigate left to the File Directory. b Navigate down to the item you want. c Press the Select key. a Navigate right to the File Utility Screen Buttons. b Navigate down to Copy. c Press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select an item from the File Directory. Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the Copy Screen Button. A third option is to press the [Copy] Softkey (the second from the top).

2 Select Copy

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How to copy files or folders (continued)


Step 3 Select a new destination Action a Navigate up to the Devices Screen Button. b Press the Select key. c Navigate to the device you want, and press the Select key. d Navigate left to the File Directory. e Navigate down to the folder you want, and press the Select key. Notes These steps are optional: you do not need to select both a new device and a new folder (though it makes sense to choose at least one). Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the required device or folder. A third option is to press the [Devices] or [Change Dir] Softkey. Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the Paste Screen Button. A third option is to press the [Paste] Softkey (the second from the top).

4 Select Paste

a Navigate right to the File Utility Screen Buttons. b Navigate down to Paste This is the same Screen Button that was previously called Copy.

How to create a new folder


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The new folder is created relative to the current folder. Before creating a new folder, make sure you are in the correct parent folder. If you are not already in the correct folder, select the correct folder in the File Directory.

How to create a new folder


Step 1 Select Make Directory Action a Navigate to the File Utility Screen Buttons (if no File Utility Screen Button is already highlighted). b Navigate down to Make Directory c Press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, use the Screen Button to select the Make Directory Screen Button.

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How to create a new folder


Step 2 Enter a new name Action a Navigate to the first letter of the new name, then press the Select key. b Repeat this process for subsequent letters. c When you have entered the name you want, navigate to Ok and press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the letters of the name, then Ok. For more information about using the Onscreen Keyboard, see The Onscreen Keyboard" on page 32.

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5 Instrument Configuration mode


The Instrument Configuration mode screens and Softkeys 58 Some Simple Instrument Configuration mode Operations 62

You enter Instrument Configuration mode by selecting Instrument-Config from the Applications Screen. Instrument Configuration mode allows you to configure your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, and to update the firmware and change the installed languages.

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The Instrument Configuration mode screens and Softkeys


In Instrument Configuration mode, there are two screens to configure the instrument: Instrument Config 1 and Instrument Config 2. There are also screens to configure input/output, and to update your software and language options. You can navigate between screens by navigating up to the screen tabs, then navigating left or right. You can also select any tab with the Touch Screen Stylus.

The Instrument Configuration mode Softkeys


You can use the following Softkeys from any Instrument Configuration mode page. Table 12
Softkey [Confirm] [Cancel] [Default] [Load ...] [Save as ...]

Instrument Configuration softkeys


Function Implement the changes you have made and exit Instrument Configuration mode. Exit Instrument Configuration mode without implementing any changes. Implement the factory default Configuration. Load a previously saved configuration Save the current configuration, to be loaded at a later time.

The Instrument Config 1 Screen


You can set the following parameters from the Instrument Config 1 page Table 13
Parameter Language

Instrument Config 1 Settings


Definition Select a language from the dropdown menu. You can choose from up to 4 languages at any time. To install new languages, see How to update the language and firmware" on page 64

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Parameter Date Time Unit

Instrument Config 1 Settings


Definition Select a new date. For a worked example, see How to change the date and time" on page 63 Select a new time. For a worked example, see How to change the date and time" on page 63 Select the units used for measurements and on the user interface, from the dropdown menu. Select a customized name to appear on printouts and so on. To select text, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34. Select a logo to appear on the Applications Screen. For a worked example, see How to change the logo" on page 62. Bring up a screen that allows you to set various printer settings. From this screen, you can select Color Mode (Black & White or Color) and Resolution (in dpi) from dropdown menus, and select a printer logo from a File Directory. For a worked example of selecting a logo, see How to change the logo" on page 62 Select the screen that you see when you power on. Choose from the list of all installed applications. Select the Instrument Config settings when you power on. This is equivalent to pressing the [Load ...] Softkey (the fourth one). To save the current settings to be loaded later, press the [Save as ...] Softkey (the bottom one).

Operator Name Customer Logo Printer

Boot into Power on settings

The Instrument Config 2 Screen


You can set the following parameters from the Instrument Config 2 page Table 14
Parameter Volume Brightness Backlight off after

Instrument Config 2 Settings


Definition Change the volume of the speaker. To select numerical values, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34. Change the brightness of the screen. To select numerical values, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34. Specify the time after which the backlight is turned off. To select numerical values, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34.

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Parameter

Instrument Config 2 Settings


Definition Use this parameter to recalibrate the Touch Screen. Follow the directions you see on the screen. For a worked example, see How to recalibrate the Touch Screen" on page 64. NOTE: You only need this facility if your Touch Screen stops working, or you notice that it is misaligned. Change the sensitivity of the microphone To select numerical values, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34. Change the colors best suited to your work. Select Indoor from the drop down menu for colors better visible indoors. Select Outdoor for colors better visible outdoors. Specify the time after which the instrument shuts down. To select numerical values, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34.

Recalibrate Touchscreen Microphone Color scheme

Shut down after

The I/O Config Screen


You can set parameters related to input and output, from the I/O Config page. Please note that you are unable to set the IP Address, Hostname, and Subnet Mask in Software Revision 1.0. For details about availability, please contact your Agilent Technologies representative, or the Agilent ONT Webpage (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100).

The Update Screen


The Update screen enables you to update the firmware or languages installed on your Modular Network Tester Mainframe or modules, and provides information about the current status. The Source dropdown menu enables you to specify whether you are updating from a floppy disk or a PCMCIA card. The Information field shows you the differences between the firmware version and languages that you are installing, and those currently installed on your Modular Network Tester. The Status field tells you the current status of the update process. The Status Bar at the bottom of the screen tells you how far through the installation process you are. 60 Modular Network Tester Mainframe Users Guide

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For more information about how to update the Firmware and Languages, see How to update the language and firmware" on page 64.

Target Device of the Firmware and Language Update


You are able to create your own update disks, or update by connecting to a PC. In each case, you are able to specify what it is that you are updating (the Target Device). You have the following possibilities: Modular Network Tester Mainframe firmware (target Modular Network Tester, Typ. Firmware) Update the latest firmware onto your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. You are automatically prompted to select the languages that will be installed. The firmware on attached modules is unaffected by this update. If the languages installed on the modules are different to the ones which you select, only the languages that are compatible with your new selection remain. Modular Network Tester Mainframe languages (target Modular Network Tester, Typ. Language) Keep the current firmware, but change the installed languages. Module application and languages (target name of module, Typ. Application) Update the user interface and languages of an attached module. Module firmware (target name of module, Typ. Firmware) Update the latest firmware onto any attached module. This installs any improved performance to the module measurement engine. For details of how to select the Target Device, see How to update the language and firmware" on page 64. Modular Network Tester Mainframe Users Guide 61

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Some Simple Instrument Configuration mode Operations


This section contains some worked examples of how to perform simple Instrument Configuration mode operations. The examples assume that you are already in Instrument Instrument Configuration mode, that is, that you have selected Instrument Config from the Applications Screen (see The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel" on page 24). The section contains the following examples: How to change the logo How to change the date and time How to recalibrate the Touch Screen How to update the language and firmware

How to change the logo


You can change the logo seen on the Applications Screen or printouts. The new logo should be a bitmap, with a maximum size of 310 pt 60 pt (larger bitmaps are truncated). Color bitmaps are rendered in black and whiteIf you do not have any bitmaps stored, or want to choose a different logo, you can read the file from a different device, or copy a bitmap file to your hard drive (see How to copy files or folders" on page 54). How to change the logo
Step 1 Select the Instrument Config 1 screen Action a Navigate up to the Instrument Configuration mode tabs b Navigate left or right to the Instrument Config 1 tab Notes Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the tab.

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How to change the logo (continued)


Step 2 Select a logo for the screen Action a Navigate up to the Customer Logo edit box b Select a bitmap file from the file directory structure. c Navigate to the Open Screen Button and press the Select key. a Navigate down to the Printer button, and press the Select key. b Navigate to Printer Logo and press the Select key. c Select a bitmap file from the file directory structure. d Navigate to the Open Screen Button and press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the edit box and Screen Button. Instead of pressing the Open Screen Button, you can press the equivalent Softkey (the top one). See the notes for the previous step.

3 Select a logo for printouts

How to change the date and time


How to change the date and time
Step 1 Select the Instrument Config 1 screen Action a Navigate up to the Instrument Configuration mode tabs. b Navigate left or right to the Instrument Config 2 tab. a Navigate up to the Date edit box. b Enter a new month, day, and year. c Navigate down to Ok and press the Select key. Notes Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the tab. Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to make your selections. For details of entering numerical information like this, see The Onscreen Numeric Keypad" on page 34. Instead of selecting Ok, you can press the [Save] Softkey (the top one).

2 Set the date

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How to change the date and time (continued)


Step 3 Set the time Action a Navigate up to the Time edit box. b Enter new hours and minutes. c Navigate down to Ok and press the Select key. Notes See the notes for the previous step.

How to recalibrate the Touch Screen


How to recalibrate the Touch Screen
Step 1 Select the Instrument Config 2 screen Action a Navigate up to the Instrument Configuration mode tabs. b Navigate left or right to the Instrument Config 1 tab. a Navigate down to the Recalibrate Touchscreen Screen Button, and press the Select key. a In succession, click on the corners of the rectangles you see on the screen with the Touch Screen Stylus. Notes Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the tab. Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select Screen Button. Make sure that you touch the corners accurately, otherwise your Touch Screen will be incorrectly calibrated.

2 Select Recalibrate Touchscreen.

3 Follow the instructions you see on the screen.

How to update the language and firmware


You can either update the language and firmware from disks (Floppy or PCMCIA), or by connecting to a PC and using a serial link. An update program is provided on the Support CD you receive with your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. You can use the update program either to perform an update immediately, or to create update disks for future update. Subsequent updates will be available on the Agilent Optical Network Test Website (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100).

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The different methods of updating are all described below. How to update from a disk (Floppy or PCMCIA)
Step 1 Select the Update screen Action Notes

a Navigate up to the Instrument Alternatively, you can use the Configuration mode tabs Touch Screen Stylus to select the b Navigate left or right to the Update tab tab. a Navigate down to the Source edit field and press the Select key. b Select Floppy or PCMCIA from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the Touch Screen Stylus to select the edit box and source.

2 Choose the disk source from the Source-Box.

3 Insert the disk that contains the image that you want to update.

a Insert the appropriate disk into either For the position of the drives, see your Floppy Disk Drive or PCMCIA slot. External Connections" on page 38. To create an update disk, see How to create update disks (Floppy or PCMCIA)" on page 66 a Check that the information in the Information field is correct. b If the information is correct, press the [Update] Softkey. Otherwise, press the [Cancel] Softkey. c If your update software is on more than one disk, change disks when prompted. The Information field lists the differences between the new firmware, and that currently installed on your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. Alternatively, you can select Update or Cancel with your Touch Screen Stylus. The Status field and Status Bar tells you the current status of the update.

4 Follow the screen commands to complete the update process.

How to update using a cable connection to a PC


Step 1 Connect your Modular Network Tester Mainframe to a PC. Action a Attach a Serial cable, and switch on your Modular Network Tester Mainframe if required. Notes For details of connections, see External Connections" on page 38.

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How to update using a cable connection to a PC (continued)


Step 2 Run the update program from your support CD on a PC. Action a Follow the instructions from the program. b Select Update method as RS232. c Select an appropriate Port and Baud rate. a Select the appropriate entries for Select target and Typ. Notes For update releases, new update programs will be available on the Agilent Optical Network Test Website. For details of possible Target Devices, see Target Device of the Firmware and Language Update" on page 61. Combinations of target and Typ. that are not in this list are disabled. The first language is always English. You can choose up to 3 other languages. Details of language availability are on the Agilent Optical Network Test Website. The progress of the update is registered in the Status field, and the Progress bar.

3 Select the required Target Device.

4 Select languages, then start the update.

a Select up to four languages from the dropdown menus. b Press the Start Screen Button.

How to create update disks (Floppy or PCMCIA)


Step 1 Run the update program from your support CD on a PC. Action a Follow the instructions from the program. b Select Update method as PCMCIA or Floppy c Select the appropriate Drive. a Select the appropriate entries for Select target and Typ. a Select up to four languages from the dropdown menus. b Press the Start Screen Button. Notes See Notes for How to update using a cable connection to a PC, above

2 Select the required Target Device. 3 Select languages, then start the update.

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A Installation
Initial Inspection 68 Interfaces 69 Programming User Tasks on a PC 71

This Appendix provides installation instructions for the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe. To install new firmware or languages, see How to update the language and firmware" on page 64.

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Initial Inspection
Inspect the shipping container for damage. If there is damage to the container or cushioning, keep them until you have checked the contents of the shipment for completeness and verified the instrument both mechanically and electrically. Performance Tests The Agilent Modular Network Test Performance Test Guide (Agilent Product Number N3900-90AI1) contains several procedures for checking the operation of the instrument. If the contents are incomplete, mechanical damage or defect is apparent, or if an instrument does not pass the operators checks, notify the nearest Agilent Technologies office.

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To avoid hazardous electrical shock, do not perform electrical tests when there are signs of shipping damage to any portion of the outer housing.

Internal back-up battery


This instrument contains a lithium backup battery. Replacing the battery should be carried out only by Agilent Technologies service personnel.

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Interfaces
Parallel Printer Interface
This is a CENTRONICS type parallel port for a parallel printer, with a DB-25 connector. If you do not use an Agilent 5180-0010C Centronics cable, the EMI performance of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe cannot be guaranteed.

RS232 Interface
There is one ST-compatible RS232 port, with DB9 connectors. If you do not use an Agilent 5180-2477 RS232 cable or the RS232 cable supplied with the rack, the EMI performance of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe cannot be guaranteed.

USB PC (upstream) Connector


There is one standard USB 1.1 upstream port with a Type B connector.

USB Video Microscope (downstream) Connector


There is one standard USB 1.1 downstream port with a Type A connector.

LAN Connector
There is one standard 10 BaseT / 100 BaseT port with an RJ45 connector. If you do not use a shielded cable, the EMI performance of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe cannot be guaranteed.

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Headset (Earphone and Microphone)


There are two standard 3.5 mm connectors for a headset. When you connect a microphone or earphone, the internal speaker and microphone is disconnected. If you do not use an Agilent N3992A Headset, the EMI performance of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe cannot be guaranteed.

Analog Monitor Connector


There is a standard analog SVGA Monitor (CRT) output with 60 Hz on a high density connector. By using the supplied adapter cable, you can connect an SVGA/60 Hz compatible monitor with a standard monitor cable to the Modular Network Tester Mainframe.

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When the Adapter is plugged in, take care not to harm the connection by damaging the cable or the analog monitor connector on the Modular Network Tester Mainframe.

Keyboard Connector
There is a standard PS2 interface on a MiniDin connector where you can connect an MFII keyboard. If you do not use an Agilent E6081A keyboard, the EMI performance of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe cannot be guaranteed.

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Programming User Tasks on a PC


You can select Input/output commands for sending and receiving data from the serial interface and for initializing transmission parameters. You should follow the following steps: 1 Initialize the Hardware Interface parameters 2 Check the automatic connection to the instrument 3 Send or receive commands to/from the Modular Network Tester Mainframe. The OTDR Programming Guide (Agilent Product Number E4310-91016) shows how to perform steps 2 and 3. Step 1 depends strongly on your Operating system. The programming and speed performance depend on the Operating system used on the PC. Generally speaking, speed and reliability are better with Windows NT and Windows 95 than with Windows 3.1.

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Specifications 74 Options 76 Accessories 78

This Appendix provides the specifications of the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe and a list of the options and accessories that are supplied or can be ordered separately. For the specifications, characteristics and accessories of modules and submodules, please contact the documentation for your module (see Related Documents" on page 96).

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ISO 9001

The Agilent Technologies Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe is produced to the ISO 9001 international quality system standard as part of Agilents commitment to continually increasing customer satisfaction through improved quality control.

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Specifications
Storage
Free Internal memory: 170 MB available memory. 3.5" floppy disk drive: for high density, 720/1440 kByte floppy disks. MS-DOS format compatible. Reduced operating temperature of 5C to 45C, with 35 % to 80 % humidity at 40C.

PCMCIA
One Type III or two Type II PC Card slots Flash Disk: up to 512 MB

Display
LCD: 25.9 cm (10.4") color TFT display, 800 x 600 points (SVGA).

Human interface
Touch Screen Navigation key 5 Softkeys On/Off key Help key Power On Indicator Battery Charging Indicator Battery charging level

Interfaces
Universal Serial Bus (USB): supports Fiber Microscope *
* The USB for connection to a PC is not enabled in Software Revision 1.0. For details of availability, please contact your Agilent Technologies representative, or the Agilent ONT Webpage (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100).

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USB 1.1 Peripheral: Transmission for up to 12 Mbit/s RS232C: 9-pin, maximum baud rate 115200 baud. Transmission time at 115200 baud for 10 trace files. Parallel Port: 25-pin, standard parallel port (SPP) LAN: 10 BaseT / 100 BaseT on RJ45 * Keyboard: PS/2 port (Mini-Din) for English Standard, PS/2 or AT keyboard Analog Monitor: output standard SVGA signal with 60 Hz Microphone and Speaker *

General
Operating temperature: 0C to +50C Storage temperature: -20C to +60C (without battery inserted) Humidity: 95% R.H from 0C to +40C. Dimensions: 230 mm H, 330 mm W, 82 mm D (9.0 x 13 x 3.2) Weight: net 3.3 kg (7.5 lbs), including battery pack.

Power
AC: 100 240 Vrms 10% 50-60 Hz. DC: 18 V. Battery: LiIon or NiMH, typ. 6 hours operation (minimum four hours with N3910AM module) with supplied battery pack. Charging time: <3 hours non-operating. Low battery indicator and Battery charge status: provided in display. Battery deep discharge protection: provided.
* not enabled in the Software Revision 1.0. For details of availability, please contact your Agilent Technologies representative, or the Agilent ONT Webpage (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100).

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Options
The Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe is available in various configurations for the best possible match to the most common applications. The following tables provide information about the available options. Table 15
Option R1280A

Service and Support Options


Description Return to Agilent Warranty and Service Plan. Available for 36 months (3 years) or 60 months (5 years).

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Calibration service is for measurement modules only!

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Option ABA ABF ABD AB2 ABE AB9 ABO ABJ

Localization options
Language English localization French localization German localization Simplified Chinese localization Spanish localization * Portuguese localization * Traditional Chinese localization * Japanese localization *

* for availability, please check the Agilent ONT Webpage (see Optical Network Test Website" on page 100)

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For other localization possibilities, please contact your local sales representative.

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For other localization possibilities, please contact your Agilent Technologies representative.

Table 17
Option 900 901 902 903 905 906 912 917 918 919 922 927

Power cord options


Power Cord United Kingdom Australia and New Zealand Continental Europe United States (120 V) Systems Cabinet Use IEC 320 C13/C14 Switzerland Denmark Republic of South Africa and India Japan Israel China Thailand

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Accessories
Provided The following accessories are supplied with your Modular Network Tester Mainframe mainframe. Users Guide Power Supply with DC output and Power Supply Cord Programming Guide (on Support CD) Adapter Cable for Analog Monitor Interface Soft case Shoulder Strap LiIon Battery Support CD USB cable RS 232 cable Optional The following accessories are also available. To order these products, please contact your Agilent Technologies representative. Table 18 Optional accessories
Description Compact Flash Card 192MB plus Adapter Battery Charger LiIon Battery USB Video Microscope Camera Hard Carrying Case for Modular Network Tester Mainframe, modules, and accessories. Mini-Keyboard OTDR Toolkit II Plus software Centronics cable RS232 cable, 9-pin to 9-pin

Product Number N3980A N3981A N3985A N3988A N3993A E6081A E6091A 5180-0010C 24542U

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Safety Precautions 80 Why is it Important to Clean Optical Devices ? 81 Standard Cleaning Equipment 82 How to Clean Connectors 84 How to Clean the Modular Network Tester Mainframe 86

The following Cleaning Instructions contain some general safety precautions, which must be observed during all phases of cleaning. Consult your specific optical device manuals or guides for full information on safety matters. Please try, whenever possible, to use physically contacting connectors, and dry connections. Clean the connectors, interfaces, and bushings carefully after use. Agilent Technologies assume no liability for the customers failure to comply with these requirements. For more information, please consult the Agilent Technologies Pocket Guide Cleaning Procedure fir Lightwave Test and Measurement Equipment (Agilent Part Number N3900-90AJ1)

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Safety Precautions
Please follow the following safety rules: Do not remove instrument covers when operating. Ensure that the instrument is switched off throughout the cleaning procedures. Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified may result in hazardous radiation exposure. Make sure that you disable all sources when you are cleaning any optical interfaces. Under no circumstances look into the end of an optical device attached to optical outputs when the device is operational. The laser radiation is not visible to the human eye, but it can seriously damage your eyesight. To prevent electrical shock, disconnect the instrument from the mains before cleaning. Use a dry cloth, or one slightly dampened with water, to clean the external case parts. Do not attempt to clean internally. Do not install parts or perform any unauthorized modification to optical devices. Refer servicing only to qualified and authorized personnel.

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Why is it Important to Clean Optical Devices ?


In transmission links optical fiber cores are about 9 m (0.00035") in diameter. Dust and other particles, however, can range from tenths to hundredths of microns in diameter. Their comparative size means that they can cover a part of the end of a fiber core, and as a result will reduce the performance of your system. Furthermore, the power density may burn dust into the fiber and cause additional damage (for example, 0 dBm optical power in a single mode fiber causes a power density of approximately 16 million W/m2). If this happens, measurements become inaccurate and non-repeatable. Cleaning is, therefore, an essential yet difficult task. Unfortunately, when comparing most published cleaning recommendations, you will discover that they contain several inconsistencies. In this section, we want to suggest ways to help you clean your various optical devices, and thus significantly improve the accuracy and repeatability of your lightwave measurements.

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Standard Cleaning Equipment


Before you can start your cleaning procedure you need the following standard equipment: Dust and Shutter Caps All of Agilent Technologies instruments are delivered with dust and shutter caps. We suggest these protected coverings should be kept on the equipment at all times, except when your optical device is in use. Isopropyl Alcohol If you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your optical device, first remove the alcohol and the dust with a soft tissue, and then use compressed air to blow away any remaining filaments. Cotton Swabs Use swabs such as Q-tips or other cotton swabs normally available from a supermarket or a chemists shop. Select the smallest size for your smallest devices. Rub gently over the surface using only a small circular movement. Soft Tissues Use multi-layered soft tissues made from non-recycled cellulose. Rub gently over the surface using a small circular movement. Use only clean, fresh soft tissues and never apply them twice. Pipe Cleaner Use a pipe cleaner with soft bristles. This can be purchased from a tobacconist. The best way to use a pipe cleaner is to push it in and out of the device opening (for example, when cleaning an interface). While you are cleaning, you should slowly rotate the pipe cleaner. Use only new pipe cleaners. Do not use them on optical head adapters. Avoid accidentally pressing the metal tip and centre of the pipe cleaner against the inside of the device. Compressed Air

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Compressed air can be purchased from any laboratory supplier. Only use clean, dry air, which is free of dust, water, and oil. When spraying compressed air, hold the can upright. First spray into the air, as the initial stream of compressed air could contain some condensation or propellant.

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How to Clean Connectors


Cleaning connectors is difficult as the core diameter of a single-mode fiber is only about 9 m. This generally means you cannot see streaks or scratches on the surface. To be certain of the condition of the surface of your connector and to check it after cleaning, you need a microscope. Polishing a connector In the case of scratches, or of dust that has been burnt onto the surface of the connector, you may have no option but to polish the connector. This depends on the degree of dirtiness, or the depth of the scratches. This is a difficult procedure and should only be performed by skilled personal, and as a last resort as it wears out your connector.

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Never look into the end of an optical cable that is connected to an active source.

Preferred procedure
Use the following procedure on most occasions. 1 Clean the connector by rubbing a new, dry cotton-swab over the surface using a small circular movement. 2 Blow away any remaining lint with compressed air.

Procedure for stubborn dirt


Use this procedure particularly when there is greasy dirt on the connector: 1 Moisten a new cotton-swab with isopropyl alcohol. 2 Clean the connector by rubbing the cotton-swab over the surface using a small circular movement. 3 Take a new, dry soft-tissue and remove the alcohol, dissolved sediment and dust, by rubbing gently over the surface using a small circular movement.

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4 Blow away any remaining lint with compressed air.

An alternative procedure
A better, more gentle, but more expensive cleaning procedure is to use an ultrasonic bath with isopropyl alcohol. 1 Hold the tip of the connector in the bath for at least three minutes. 2 Take a new, dry soft-tissue and remove the alcohol, dissolved sediment and dust, by rubbing gently over the surface using a small circular movement. 3 Blow away any remaining lint with compressed air.

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How to Clean the Modular Network Tester Mainframe


Remove any connector interfaces from the optical output of the instrument before you start the cleaning procedure. Microscope Cleaning interfaces is difficult as the core diameter of a single-mode fiber is only about 9 m. This generally means you cannot see streaks or scratches on the surface. To be certain of the degree of pollution on the surface of your interface and to check whether it has been removed after cleaning, you need a microscope.

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Never look into an optical output, because this can seriously damage your eyesight.

Infrared sensor card

To assess the projection of the emitted light beam you can use an infrared sensor card. Hold the card approximately 5 cm from the interface. The invisible emitted light is project onto the card and becomes visible as a small circular spot.

Light dirt
If you just want to clean away light dirt, observe the following procedure for all devices: Use compressed air to blow away large particles. Clean the device with a dry cotton swab. Use compressed air to blow away any remaining filament left by the swab.

Heavy dirt
If the above procedure is not enough to clean your instrument, follow one of the procedures below. If you are unsure of how sensitive your device is to cleaning, please contact the manufacturer or your sales distributor

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Preferred procedure
Use the following procedure on most occasions. 1 Clean the interface by rubbing a new, dry cotton-swab over the surface using a small circular movement. 2 Blow away any remaining lint with compressed air.

Procedure for stubborn dirt


Use this procedure particularly when there is greasy dirt on the interface: 1 Moisten a new cotton-swab with isopropyl alcohol. 2 Clean the interface by rubbing the cotton-swab over the surface using a small circular movement. 3 Take a new, dry soft-tissue and remove the alcohol, dissolved sediment and dust, by rubbing gently over the surface using a small circular movement. 4 Blow away any remaining lint with compressed air.

How to Clean the Touch Screen


The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Touch Screen is very rugged, and can be cleaned with a damp tissue. Take care at the edge of the screen that not too much dirt gets pushed into the inside of the instrument.

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D Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting: Booting Up 90 Troubleshooting: Hardware Features 91 Troubleshooting: External Connections 93

Your Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe should work every time. In the unlikely event of hardware problems, please consult the checklists in this Appendix. If problems persist, please contact your Agilent representative. Contact numbers for Agilent Technologies Service Centers are listed under Service and Support" on page 97.

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Troubleshooting: Booting Up
This section covers problems that may arise when you try to boot up.

The instrument does not boot up


If you switch your instrument on, and see a blank screen, try the following actions. Check that you are connected to a power supply (Intelligent Battery or AC Power Supply) See The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Intelligent Battery" on page 43 and Connecting the AC Power Supply" on page 46. If you are connecting to an Intelligent Battery, check that it is not empty. The battery icon on the screen shows you how full the battery is, as does the Battery Full Indicator on the battery itself (see Figure 14, The Intelligent Battery, on page 43). If the battery is empty, try inserting a new battery. If you are connecting to an AC Power Supply, check that the AC Power Supply is functioning and properly plugged in. Try using a different power cord. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

Self Test Failure


If you switch your instrument on, and see a message telling you that there has been a Self Test Failure, try the following actions. Reboot the instrument. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

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Troubleshooting: Hardware Features


This section covers problems that may arise with items of the Modular Network Tester Mainframe hardware.

Touch Screen does not Work


If you get no response from the Modular Network Tester Mainframe, try the following actions. Recalibrate the Touch Screen See How to recalibrate the Touch Screen" on page 64 Clean your Touch Screen with dry air or special cleaning equipment. See How to Clean the Touch Screen" on page 87. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

Battery not recharging


When you attach an AC Power Supply, the Intelligent Battery inside your instrument automatically recharges on a booted Modular Network Tester Mainframe. You see an icon on your screen (a battery with a plug attached) showing that recharging is taking place. The red Battery Charging Indicator (see The Modular Network Tester Mainframe Front Panel" on page 24) is lit. If you do not see this icon, or the Intelligent Battery does not recharge, try the following actions. If you are connecting to an AC Power Supply, check that the AC Power Supply is functioning and properly plugged in. Try using a different power cord. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

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LEDs do not work


If you see no green Power On Indicator light behind the On/Off key, but your instrument is functioning normally, please contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

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Troubleshooting: External Connections


This section covers problems that may arise with external connections to the Modular Network Tester Mainframe (see External Connections" on page 38).

Connection does not work


If any external connection (such as USB or RS232) does not seem to be working properly, try the following actions. Check that the cable, or whatever you are connecting is securely attached to your Modular Network Tester Mainframe. Reboot your instrument. Check that the Selftest does not fail. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

External Device does not work


If you have problems writing to, or reading from, an external device (such as a floppy disk or flash disk), try the following actions: Replace the external device. Check that the device is not full. Check that the device is initialized. If you continue to have problems, contact your nearest Agilent Service Center.

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E Further Information
Related Documents 96 Service and Support 97 Claims and Repackaging 98 Optical Network Test Website 100 OTDR Solution Web Based Training 101

This Appendix provides lists the documents where you can find more information about the Agilent N3900A Modular Network Tester Mainframe. It also lists the number where you can contact your local Agilent Service Department, and how you can make a claim for a damaged instrument.

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Related Documents
For a quick overview, please consult one of the following documents: Agilent Modular Network Tester Reference Card (N3900-90A51). For information about the modules that can be inserted into this instrument, please consult the following documents: Agilent OTDR Modules Users Guide (N3910-90A11) Agilent OTDR Modules Reference Card (N3910-90A51) Agilent Optical Switch Modules Operating Guide (N3940-90A21) Agilent Video Microscope Operating Guide (N3988-90A21) For more general information about the use of your Modular Network Tester Mainframe, please consult one of the following documents: Agilent Modular Network Test Performance Tests (N3900-90AI1) Agilent OTDRs Programming Guide (N3900-90A61) Agilent OTDRs Pocket Guide (E6000-91017) Agilent Cleaning Procedures for Lightwave Test and Measurement Equipment (N3900-90AJ1)

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Service and Support


Any adjustment, maintenance, or repair of this product must be performed by qualified personnel. Contact your customer engineer through your local Agilent Technologies Service Center. You can find a list of local service representatives on the Web at: http://www.agilent.com/find/assist. If you do not have access to the Internet, one of these centers can direct you to your nearest representative:
United States Canada 1 800 452 4844 1 877 894 4414 (905) 206 4120 (FAX) (31 20) 547 2323 (31 20) 547 2390 (FAX) (81) 426 56 7832 (81) 426 56 7840 (FAX) (305) 269 7500 (305) 269 7599 (FAX) 1 800 629 485 (613) 9272 0749 (FAX) 0800 738 378 64 4 495 8950 (FAX) (852) 3197 7777 (852) 2506 9284 (FAX)

Europe

Japan

Latin America

Australia

New Zealand

Asia-Pacific

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Claims and Repackaging


If physical damage is evident or if the instrument does not meet specification when received, notify the carrier and the nearest Agilent Technologies Service Office. The Sales/Service Office will arrange for repair or replacement of the unit without waiting for settlement of the claim against the carrier.

Return shipments to Agilent Technologies


If the instrument is to be shipped to an Agilent Technologies Sales/Service Office, attach a tag showing owner, return address, model number and full serial number and the type of service required. Repacking instructions The original shipping carton and packing material may be reusable, but the Agilent Technologies Sales/Service Office will provide information and recommendation on materials to be used if the original packing is no longer available or reusable. General instructions for repacking are as follows: Shipping box Put the Modular Network Tester Mainframe in its softcase, then put the softcase into a shipping box. The packaging has the following part numbers:
E6000-49304 E6000-49303 E6000-49302 E6000-49301 Cushion convoluted Cushion convoluted Scored sheet Carton Corrugated

The shipping box uses single wall corrugated carton (Material 1.40 per DIN 55468), which is the equivalent of 200-pound bursting strength material. Inside the shipping box are 2 inserts. One insert is a folded separator to keep the power supply and the power cord. The second insert goes around the softcase. It is a corrugated part including convoluted foam on the outer side. If you do not have the original shipping box you must use an appropriate shock absorbing material.

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Shipping container

Seal the shipping container securely. Mark the shipping container FRAGILE to encourage careful handling. In any correspondence, refer to the instrument by model number and serial number.

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If you use foam to pack the box, make sure you use a soft foam. EPS and most other foams may be too hard.

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Optical Network Test Website


The Optical Network Test Website (http://www.agilent.com/cm/rdmfg/ont/) contains a full set of our documentation, training materials, and other information. You see links to pages for each of our Installation and Maintenance instruments, plus extra service information and details on how to order instruments. You can also view the page in one of several available languages.

Figure 18

Optical Network Test Website

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OTDR Solution Web Based Training


You can also use the Web to receive a free training: Agilent E6000C - OTDR Solution Users Course Web-Based Training. This training introduces you to fundamentals of optical fiber technology as it pertains to the Mini-OTDR and the Toolkit II Plus solutions. Hands-on training provides you an opportunity to use the OTDR and Toolkit II Plus in a simulated environment.

Figure 19 First-time users

OTDR Web Based Training

If you are accessing the training for the first time, follow these steps to register: 1 Go to the URL http://www.agilent.com/comms/wbt. This brings you to the log-in screen. 2 Click on the New Student Enrollment graphic. This brings up the enrollment form.

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3 Fill out the registration form and click the Submit button at the bottom. 4 You should receive an enrollment confirmation from the web site. This page features a Enter the Virtual Campus button. Click on it. You arrive at the Web Learning Connection landing page. 5 Click on Registrar from the top menu. 6 Select Course/Exam Registration on the left-hand navigation panel. This brings up the catalog search engine. 7 Press either one of the Search buttons to get a complete listing of courses. 8 Scroll down this list to find and click on Agilent E6000c OTDR Solution Users Course. The next page presents a description of the course. 9 Click on the Register button. The next page presents you with a registration summary including the length of your subscription, when your course starts and when it ends. 10 Click on the Complete Registration button. The next page presents you with a registration confirmation. 11 Click on the Enter Course/Exam Offering button at the bottom of the page. This starts the web-based course. Returning to the course If you have already registered once, follow these steps to take the course again: 1 Go to the URL http://www.agilent.com/comms/wbt. Log in with your username and password. 2 After you log-in you arrive at the Web Learning Connection landing page. Click on Classrooms from the top menu. 3 Click on Courses/Exams from the left-hand navigation panel. You see a list of courses including the OTDR course for which you already registered. 4 Click on the Enter button to start the course.

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A
AC Power Supply, 46 Accessories, 78 Altitude, 21 Analog Monitor Connector, 39 description, 70 position, 39 Applications Screen, 26 Cleaning connectors, 84 equipment, 82 Touch Screen, 87 Color scheme, 60 Connector PC, 39 Video Microscope, 39 Connector Interfaces cleaning, 84 Copy file, 54 folder, 54 Create folder, 55 Customer Logo, 59

F
File copy, 54 delete, 53 rename, 54 select, 51 File Directory, 48 File Utility mode, 27 File Utility Screen Buttons, 49 File Utility Softkeys, 50 Filters, 52 Firmware, 64 Flash Disk troubleshooting, 93 Floppy Disk troubleshooting, 93 Floppy Disk Drive, 39 Folder copy, 54 create, 55 delete, 53 rename, 54 select, 51 Front Panel, 24

B
Back Panel, 41 Backlight off after, 59 Battery charging, 44 discharge, 25 disposal, 20 insert, 43 intelligent, 43 internal, 68 remove, 43 storage, 45 troubleshooting, 91 Battery Charging Indicator, 25 Battery Full Indicator, 43 Boot into, 59 Booting Up troubleshooting, 90 Brightness, 59 Brightness Control, 39

D
Date set, 63 setting, 59 Declaration of Conformity, 22 Delete file, 53 folder, 53 Directory see folder Directory Structure, 51 Display Brightness Control, 39 Downstream USB, 39

H
Headset position, 39 Help key, 25, 31 Humidity, 21

C
Calibrate Touch Screen, 64 Centronics interface, 39 Charge battery, 44 Claims and Repackaging, 98

E
Earphone description, 70 position, 39 External Connections troubleshooting, 93 External Device troubleshooting, 93

I
I/O Config Screen, 60 Indoor color scheme, 60 Input numbers, 34 text, 32 Insert battery, 43

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Instrument Config 1 Screen, 58 Instrument Config 2 Screen, 59 Instrument Configuration mode, 27 Instrument Information mode, 27 Intelligent Battery see Battery Interfaces, 69 Internal Directory Structure, 51

O
On/Off key, 24 Onscreen Help, 31 Onscreen Keyboard, 32 Onscreen Numeric Keypad, 34 Operating environment, 21 Operator Name, 59 Optical Network Test website, 100 Options localization, 76 power cord, 77 service, 76 support, 76 OTDR Solution, 101 Outdoor color scheme, 60 Overvoltage, 21

Rename file, 54 folder, 54 Repackaging, 98 Return shipments, 98 RS232 Interface description, 69 position, 39 Run/Stop key, 24

K
Keyboard onscreen, 32 position, 39 Keyboard Connector description, 70 Keypad numeric, 34

S
Safety cleaning, 80 summary, 12 symbols, 13 Screendump, 35 Select file, 51 folder, 51 Select key, 24, 28 Self Test troubleshooting, 90 Service contacts, 97 options, 76 Shipping box, 98 Shut down after, 60 Snap-On Modules, 40 Softkeys definition, 24 FIle Utility, 50 help, 31 Instrument Configuration, 58 onscreen keyboard, 33 onscreen numeric keypad, 35 position, 29 Specifications, 74 Specify value, 34 Starting Up, 25 Steel Clips, 40 Storage environment, 21 Support contacts, 97 options, 76 SVGA Monitor Connector see Analog Monitor Connector

L
LAN Connector description, 69 position, 39 Language, 58, 64 Latches, 40 LEDs troubleshooting, 92 Line power cable, 17 Localization Options, 76 Logo, 59, 62

P
Parallel Printer Interface description, 69 position, 39 PC Connector, 39 PCMCIA Slot, 39 Pollution, 21 Power cord options, 77 Power On Indicator, 24 Power on settings, 59 Power Supply, 46 Power supply requirements, 17 Printer interface, 39 setting, 59 Printout, 35

M
Manuals See Related Documents Microphone, 60 description, 70 position, 39 Modes, 26 Modular Network Tester modes, 26 Modules, 40

R
Recalibrate Touch Screen, 64 Recalibrate Touchscreen, 60 Related Documents, 96 Remove battery, 43

N
Navigation key, 24, 28 Number input, 34

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Temperature for operation and storage, 21 Text input, 32 Tilt Stand, 42 Time set, 63 setting, 59 Touch Screen cleaning, 87 definition, 28 recalibrate, 60, 64 Stylus, 28 Training, 101

U
Unit, 59 Update firmware, 64 language, 64 Update Screen, 60 Upstream USB, 39 USB PC Connector description, 69 position, 39 USB Video Microscope Connector description, 69 position, 39

V
VGA Monitor Connector see Analog Monitor Connector Video Microscope connector, 39 Volume, 59 Volume Control, 39

W
Web Based Training, 101 Website Optical Network Test, 100 support, 97 training, 101

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