C0260009 new
C0260009 new

GAOTek PON Power Meter

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Product Description


GAOTek PON Power Meter is a compact and easy to operate handheld test instrument specially designed for the construction and maintenance of PON network. It supports test on all PON signals along the networks rapidly, performs simultaneous measurements and displays PON signal including voice, data and video optical signal. It is the most powerful and reliable tool for daily telecom maintenance job.


  • Applicable in APON, BPON, EPOM, GPON
  • Can test 1310 nm, 1490 nm, 1550 nm simultaneously in PON
  • Work with PC through TestManagerPro software
  • Auto power save function
  • Small size and light weight, easy to carry
  • Upgrading software for free

Technical Specifications

Items Descriptions
Standard Wavelengths 1310 nm (upstream test) 1490 nm (downstream test) 1550nm (downstream test)
Bandwidth 1260 nm~1360 nm 1480 nm~1500 nm 1539 nm~1565 nm
Power Supply AC Charger/ Built-in Battery
PC Software TestManagerPro under Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / Win7
Operating Temperature 32 °F ~ 122 °F (0 ℃~50 ℃)
Humidity 5 % ~ 95 % Non-condensing
Dimension 7.55 in × 3.70 in × 1.69 in (192 mm × 94 mm × 43 mm)
Weight 0.88 lbs (0.4 Kg)

Additional Information

  1. Production Compositions

1.1   Compositions of Instrument

  • Front panel: LCD display, POWER and VFL LED indicators, Keyboard
  • Back panel: Serial number label, End cover, Battery House
  • Upper end: OLT(1490 nm and 1550 nm)and ONT(1310 nm)Optical interface
  • FC/SC/ST Interchangeable connector

Single mode fiber, internal PC optical connector

  • Left side: Mini USB communication port
  • Right side: 8.4 VDC Power input jack
  • VFL Option: VFL Optical output interface(locate faults at 650 nm)

1.2 Appearance of Instrument

The appearance of the instrument is as shown in Fig 1.

Fig 1     Appearance of PON Power Meter

  1. Functional Keyboard

The PON Power Meter has 9 functional keys at the front panel, including Main Menu Key, OK Key, Back Key, Power Key, Backlight Key and four Directional Keys –Up (or F/P), Down (or VFL), Left (or Save), Right (Unit).

Key Name Description
Main Menu Press this key to return to the main menu which includes function selection, settings, etc.
Back Press this key to return to the previous menu.
OK Press this key to confirm the selection or revision.
Up or F/P In “Result” menu, press this key to activate/turn off the pass/fail mode; In main menu, press this key to select the item in the upper position or add the value.
Down or VFL In “Result” menu, press this key to select the state of VFL among Off, constant, and 2 Hz if the meter has this function; In main menu, press this key to select the item in the lower position or reduce the value.
Left or Save In “Result” menu, press this key to save present test result; In Main menu, press this key to select the item in the left position.
Right or Unit In “Result” menu, press this key to switch between different units; In Main menu, press this key to select the item in the right position.
Backlight Press this key to turn on/off the backlight.
Power Press this key to switch on/off the meter.

Table 2 Functional Keys Description

Battery Level Indication

PON Power Meter has battery level indication icon in the upper right corner of LCD. It is described in Table 3.

Table 3  Descriptions of LCD icon indications

  1. Power Management

This instrument can be powered by external power supply or built-in rechargeable batteries.

4.1 External Power Supply

The external power supply requires a power source of 100 V to 240 V AC at a frequency between 50 Hz to 60 Hz (nominal). And the instrument requires a nominal DC supply of 8.4 V. Plug the AC power cord into an appropriate AC wall outlet and connect the instrument with the supplied adapter cable. And the instrument can be powered by the external power supply via the supplied Charger.

4.2 Rechargeable Battery

This instrument has built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery. (7.4 V, 1200 mAh)

4.3 Power Management

The instrument has the Auto Power Save function, to avoid starting the system under unintentional operation and exhausting the battery. Under non-testing status, if there is no operation in 5 minutes, the instrument will be shut down automatically. The backlight is turned on by pressing Backlight Key, and can be turned off automatically in a pre-set time. It can be turned on or off by pressing the key. And users can configure the value or turn off the function in Others settings.

  1. Switch-On

5.1 Switch-on Inspection Steps

This instrument can be switched on after “Power” key has been pressed. After switch-on, the LCD will display name of instrument, and the embedded software version information. About 1 second later it beeps, the switch-on process is completed and it enters Results interface.

5.2 Setting Time & Date

At the left side of battery indication on the screen, LCD displays the current time in the format of “Hour: Minute”, with 24-hour system. Since the test result is time-stamped, it is necessary to set the right time and date before using the instrument.

Time and date can be set in “Time & Date” in the “Menu” interface, by following operational steps:

  • Press the “Menu” to switch to the “Menu” interface, select “Time & Date”.
  • Press “OK” to enter the setting menu, and then the date and time of the instrument can be modified.
  • Press “OK” again after the setting is done, and then the instrument can work according to the new setting time.
  1. Communication with PC

This instrument supports communication with PC via USB interface by TestManagerPro software. And TestManagerPro can do three jobs: one is to upload the test results stored in the instrument to PC for further processing including filing, printing and analyzing, the second is to set the threshold and perform calibration via PC, and the third one is to upgrade the embedded software via PC to protect your investment.

6.1 Communication Steps

  • Connect the instrument with PC via USB cable cable
  • Switch on the instrument
  • Run the TestManagerPro software on PC, click “Select” button to choose the tester’s type and click “Connect” button. After the successful connection, the user can set threshold, upload, view, analyze, delete, print test results in the form of report and do other operations.

6.2 Upgrading the Embedded Software

Manufacturer will launch the latest version embedded software and host software TestManagerPro on the company website for the users to download. Make sure to visit the website frequently or contact your vendor to ensure you will always get the software of the latest version.

  1. Safety Precautions

The following general safety precautions must be observed during all phases of operation, service, and repair 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. The manufacturer assumes no liability for the customers’ failure to comply with these requirements.

7.1 External Power Requirements

Please use the supplied Charger when operating with the instrument or charging the battery. The supplied Charger requires:

AC Input:      100 V ~ 240 V, 50/60 Hz, Max 0.3 5 A.

DC Output:    8.4 V, Max 1200 mA

DC Connector Polarity:

Fig 3     DC connector polarity

7.2 Operation Requirements

All test interfaces are located at the upper end of the PON Power Meter. The instrument contains components sensitive to electrostatic discharge. To prevent component damage, carefully follow the handling precautions presented below.

The smallest static voltage most people can feel is about 3500 volts. It takes less than one tenth of 1 second at about 300 volts to destroy or severely damage static sensitive circuits. Often, static damage does not immediately cause a malfunction but significantly reduce the component’s life. Adhering to the following precautions will reduce the risk of static discharge damage.

Before handling the instrument, select a work area where potential static sources are minimized. Avoid working in carpeted areas and non-conductive chairs. Keep body movement to a minimum. We recommend that you use a controlled static workstation.

Handling the instrument by its cover. Avoid touching any components or edge connectors.

  1. Navigating the Displays

8.1 Main Menu

The operating interfaces of the PON Power Meter are composed of two functional modules, “Results” and “Menu”.


“Results” shows the optical power of 3 wavelengths under current test, and unit conversion, Pass/Fail indication, save, as well as fault location by pressing relevant functional keys.


Press “Menu” to the Menu interface to perform function selection and relevant settings. Press “OK” to enter different functions. Press “Back” to return to “Menu” or “Results” interface. Press “Up”, “Down”, “Left”, “Right” to move the cursor. Press “Up” , “Down” to add/minus the value as well.

8.2 Results

Switch on the instrument, and it will enter “Results” automatically. It will display the power of 1310 nm, 1490 nm and 1550 nm in current test, as shown in Fig 4 as below.

Fig 4     Results Interface

In “Results”, press “Save” to save the current result in the instrument. Press “Unit” change the unit of the results. Press “F/P” to activate the display if the result passes or fails. If the instrument has VFL option, press “VFL” to switch the status between ON/OFF and VFL LED indicator will be off/on/twinkling when it is OFF/CW/2Hz.

8.3 Menu

Function selection and settings can be performed in “Menu”, as shown in Fig 5. It includes five sub-menus of “Relative”, “Threshold”, “Time & Date”, “Records”, and “Others”. These sub-menus can be selected by pressing “Up” and “Down”, and the selected one will be shown in strengthened blue. After selection, press “OK” to enter the sub-menu. Press “Back” to return to “Menu”.

Fig 5 Menu Interface

8.3.1 Relative

Relative value can be set on “Relative” and relative power can be measured then, as shown in Fig 6.

Fig 6     Relative Interface

After entering into the sub-menu of Relative, the default wavelength is 1310nm. It can be switched to other wavelengths by pressing “Up” and “Down”. Under RFE it is current pre-set reference value. P is the relative value minus from measured value and reference value. Once getting into the editorable status, move the cursor to the pre-set reference value, with the selected wavelength shown in blue, and press “Left” and “Right” to change the reference value. After modification of the reference value, press “OK” key to confirm and the value will be stored in the instrument. The cursor will turn to the position of selected wavelength. During the modification, press “Back” key to exit and cancel the settings.

8.3.2 Threshold

Threshold can be selected in “Threshold”. These values can be set via TestManagerPro software on PC and then selected on the menu, as shown in Fig 7.

Fig 7 Threshold Interface

After entering into “Threshold”, press “Up” and “Down” to change the threshold number and detailed values will be shown below. Those values larger than Pass value will prompt Fail. Those values larger than Warn value but smaller than Pass value will be prompted Pass. Those values larger than Fail value but smaller than Warn value will prompt Warn. Those values smaller than Fail value will prompt Fail. After selecting the threshold, press “OK” to save the present value and return to “Menu”. During the settings, press “Back” to exit and cancel the settings.

8.3.3 “Time & Date” Interface

The time can be set in “Time & Date” interface, as shown in Fig 8.

Fig 8    Time & Date Interface

After entering into “Time & Date”, the default position of the cursor is on “Date”. Press “Up” and “Down” to switch between Date and Time. After selected, press “OK” to get into the editorable status. Then press “Up” and “Down” to change the value, and press “Left” and “Right” to switch between date(y/m/d) and time(m/s). During the settings, press “Back” to exit and cancel the settings.

8.3.4 Zero

Zero menu is shown in Fig 9.

The changes of temperature and humidity will affect the performance of the electronic circuit and optical detection. “Zero” will be able to clear up all these effect. Generally, for operation of the instrument, zero adjustment is not necessary. However, if the environment conditions change greatly or the power to be measured is very small, zero adjustment should be taken before measurement. In “Menu”, press “Left” and “Right” to choose “Zero” item (shown in blue after selected), and then press “OK” to confirm. Press “Back” to return to “Results” menu.

Fig 9 Zero Interface

8.3.5 Records

“Records” shows all measurement results and the pre-set thresholds. “Records” and related threshold viewing menu are shown in Fig 10 and Fig 11.

Fig 10   Records Interface

Fig 11   Threshold Interface

After entering into “Records”, the default position of cursor is on the first result. Press “Up” and “Down” to view other results, and press “OK” to view the threshold of the selected record accordingly. In the threshold of “View”, press “Back” to return to “Results”, and press “Back” again to return to “Menu”.

3.3.6 Others

In “Others”, Language, Auto Power Off, Backlight Off, and VFL Frequency can be selected, as shown in Fig 12.

Fig 12   Others Interface

After entering into “Others”, the default position of cursor is on language selection. Press “Up” and “Down” to select the modified items. The selected item will be shown in strengthened blue. Then press “OK” to confirm the selection. English or Chinese language can be available for the instrument and different time settings can be made on the interface. Press “OK” to confirm the modification. Press “Back” to return to “Menu”.

  1. Working with TestManagerPro

This part mainly describes the software functions, system configuration and running environment, how to install/uninstall and use the software TestManagerPro on PC.

9.1 Software Functions

9.2 System Configuration and Running Environment

9.3 Install and Uninstall TestManagerPro

9.4 How to Use TestManagerPro

9.1 Software Functions

TestManagerPro communicates with series instruments via the serial port in PC. It can support uploading the stored data from the instrument, viewing and printing the stored results. You can easily check, manage and analyze every test result on your PC. Another very important function of TestManagerPro is that you can on-line upgrade the embedded software in the instrument with this PC software. Basic functions of TestManagerPro:

Basic functions of TestManagerPro include:

  • —Select the type of the instrument                                   —
  • Connect the instrument
  • —Upload the test records stored in the instrument     —
  • View the stored records
  • —Analyze the stored records                                             —
  • Clear the records uploaded
  • —Print out the test records in the report format            —
  • Upgrade the embedded software
  • —Help

9.2 System Configuration and Running Environment

9.2.1 Firmware

Basic configurations required:

  PC: 586/133 MHz or above  Memory: above 16 MB
HD space: above 50 MB   CD-ROM drive for installation
Standard mouse and keyboard USB port
Printer Network interface and cables

9.2.2 Software Configuration

Operating system:


9.2.3 System Configuration Recommendation

System display mode: 800×600 Pixels

Install the printer

9.3 Install and Uninstall TestManagerPro

9.3.1 Install TestManagerPro

Open the package and take out TestManagerPro setup CD;

Start the operating system;

Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive;

View the contents of the CD from “My Computer”;

Double-click “exe”;

Complete the installation according the setup wizard;

After completing installation of the software, one short-cut icon “TestManagerPro” will appear on the desktop automatically;

Double-click the icon “TestManagerPro” to run the program.

9.3.2 Uninstall TestManagerPro

Choose “Settings” from the “Start” menu;

Open “Control Panel” in the “Settings”;

Click “Add/Remove Programs

Select “TestManagerPro” in the list;

Click “Add/Remove” button to remove the software automatically.

9.4 How to Use TestManagerPro

9.4.1 Connect the Instrument with PC

Please refer to chapter 2.4 for more details. Make sure the instrument is well connected to the PC and configure correct settings for communication.

9.4.2 TestManagerPro Software Operation

Graphic windows help you operate TestManagerPro software simply and easily. You can work with TestManagerPro as shown in Fig 13.

Fig 13   TestManagerPro Operation Flow

Standard Configurations

PON Power Meter 1 Set
Charger 1 Pc
FC/SC/ST Interchangeable Connector 1 Pc
USB Communication Cable 1 Pc
Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (Built-in) 1 Pc
Cleaning Cotton Bud 1 Pc
Waterproof Package 1 Pc
TestManagerPro Setup CD (User Manual) 1 Pc
User Guide 1 Pc
Quality Certificate Card 1 Pc
Maintenance Card 1 Pc
Packing List 1 Pc
  1. Troubleshooting

This chapter is intended to provide prompt help to operator on some frequently asked questions and the resolutions.

  1. The instrument can not be powered on.

When low battery on the LCD alarms, the instrument will be shut down soon automatically. When the voltage of battery drops to a low level, the power circuit of the instrument will be locked and cannot be opened until:

Plug the Charger into an appropriate AC wall outlet and power the instrument with external power supply.

When the battery is fully charged, unplug the charger and press the “Power” to switch on the instrument. And the instrument will work normally.

  1. When the battery charged fully, the LED indicator will turn green. And LED will be lit as soon as plugging AC adapter again.

This is normal. The battery will be charged automatically when connected with AC power adapter because the power consumption in working process. The battery will be fully charged at a very short time automatically.

  1. The instrument shuts off.

Check if the voltage of battery is low.

Check if “Auto Power Off” in “Menu” is set to OFF or 5/10/30 mins.

  1. Duration of battery is getting shorter.

The usage life time of new rechargeable battery is about 500~800 cycles of charge and discharge. When you find the working duration is reduced in evidence, you should replace the rechargeable batteries. Please contact vendor when change the battery.

  1. Measurement error.

The connector is dirty. Please clean the connector with cotton bud dipping some alcohol.

Fail to connect the fiber, please re-connect the fiber.

Big changes in environmental temperature lead to measurement error of small signal. Please enter Menu and turn Zero again.

11. Maintenance

  1. Please avoid heavy vibration, crash, drop or other mechanical damage.
  2. Please make sure that the connector is clean before test. When performing cleaning work, please connect different parts only after they are dry.
  3. Please turn off the unit and cover dust proof cap after your test. 4). Please clean the optical connector regularly with cotton bud gently.
  4. Please use FC/SC/ST interchangeable optical connector. Please use standard FC/PC, SC/PC, ST/PC connectors, instead of other type of connector.
  5. Please use the same type of adapter only.
  6. Please gently insert/pull out the connector to avoid scratching the surface. Do not insert the bad polished surface to avoid mangling the sensor’s surface and the whole system performance.
  7. If the equipment will not be used for a period of time, remove the battery to keep it from leakage.