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Ideal Applications for Fiber Optic Infrastructures – Schools, Hospitals, Factories

Adapting to suit – How Fiber Optic Infrastructures Fit a Variety of Environments: Capable of hugely varied application and function, fiber optic infrastructure solutions facilitate a wide range of environments and enable a more effective, productive future. As an example, this post will examine three very different applications or areas that benefit from fiber optic […]

Fiber Optic Infrastructure 13 December 2017

7 Terms To Understand If You Work with Fiber Optics

Passive infrastructure is integral to ensuring effective networks today. Alongside aspects such as RF wireless infrastructure and structured cabling infrastructure design; it’s important that infrastructure professionals understand fiber to create more productive and effective networks. Understand fiber to be more productive and effective: Of course, for those working with fiber optics to make the right […]

Fiber Optic 4 October 2017

Infrastructure Design: What You Need to Consider When Accommodating Copper & Fiber Cabling

How often do you think about the practical accommodation of network infrastructure? While network infrastructure may not be known for it’s aesthetic value – rarely does it go on display in museums or in the pages of art books or magazines – it is still important to consider network design, as this impacts on performance, […]

Fiber Optic Infrastructure 20 September 2017

Understand How Loss Impacts Gigabit Transmission In Multimode Fiber

What parameters impact gigabit transmission in multimode fiber? We explore important factors that anyone working with multimode fiber should be aware of and understand. The 6 Parameters That Influence Gigabit Transmission Technology: There are six parameters influencing gigabit optical transmission technology used for LAN electronics. These are: Cable and Connector attenuation (channel loss) Intersymbol Interference […]

Fiber Optic 13 September 2017

Dispersion in Multimode Optical Fiber and Intersymbol Interference (ISI)

What is intersymbol interference? What types of dispersion affect optical fiber? How can dispersion be minimised? And what performance standards are required of multimode optical fiber solutions today?   What Is Intersymbol Interference (ISI)? Intersymbol Interference (ISI) is the spreading of a ‘bit’ into the adjacent ‘bit’ periods. Ideally, a bit would consist of a […]

Fiber Optic 26 July 2017

Latency in Optical Fibers

Optical Fiber Latency: An optical fiber consists of a cylindrical core of silicon dioxide (fused silica glass) surrounded by a cladding. The core and cladding comprise the optical transmission media (or optical waveguide) and are usually coated for protection. Latency in optical transmission media is a consequence of limited velocity in the optical media. To […]

Fiber Optic 19 April 2017

Contributors of Latency in a Fiber Optic System

Fiber optic latency: In an optical fiber system, there are a minimum of five latency contributions. Two are created as the signal moves from the electrical domain to the optical; another contribution occurs as the signal travels down the optical fiber; and two more are created as the signal is converted from the optical domain […]

Fiber Optic 12 April 2017

The Network Operating Costs of Fiber Cable Management Systems

Fiber Network Operating Costs: As a means of keeping operational network costs down, service providers around the world are increasingly turning to systems integrators to install their networks. This practice allows the service provider’s technicians to focus on operations and maintenance, rather than network installation. There is, however, an inherent risk in this practice. As […]

Fiber Optic 30 November 2016

Fiber Cable Management Best Practices

Exploring Fiber Cable Management Best Practices: Rack Size and Rear Access The decision between 19- or 23-inch racks, ETSI racks or cabinets, as well as between front and rear Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) access or only front access, has implications for the operation and reliability of the ODF system. As a rule, the larger the […]

Fiber Optic 23 November 2016

Splicing Connectors: On-Frame and Off-Frame

Splicing Connectors The splicing of outside plant (OSP) fibers to connectorized pigtails, to allow termination panel access to the OSP fiber, can be done in two basic configurations: on-frame and off-frame. On-Frame Splicing On-frame splicing (See figure 1) is performed within the confines of the optical distribution frame (ODF), whereas off-frame splicing is done away […]

Fiber Optic 16 November 2016