Self-monitoring fiber optic link

The self-monitoring link utilizes a GRIN lens/blazed grating combination to multiplex an optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) signal with data signals on a fiber optic communication link. An initial average OTDR reference signature for the OTDR signal on the link is determined and is compared with a continuously determined average OTDR signature. The reference signature and the continuously determined signature are compared and a warning or alarm signal is generated when the continuously determined signature differs from the reference signature by a preselectable limit. A microprocessor is provided to adjust the preselectable limit in response to the communication link operational parameters.

Patent #: 4749247 Issue Date: June 7, 1988