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Using OMI to Benchmark CATV Systems

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Benchmarking is the evaluation of a performance in contrast to a standard, typically based on best processes and organizations in your industry. Typically bench marking revolves around key factors which are cost, time and quality. When considering communications systems of fiber optics, bench marking refers to the quality of performance of the information that is delivered. It is also a tremendously noteworthy impact on cost as well as time.

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Topics: omi fiber, catv transmitter, catv system operator

Buying Optical Fiber for Network Testing and Latency Applications

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

When the time comes to buy spools of optical fiber for testing and demonstrating communications systems, there are a few items to consider that will help ensure you end up with an ideal setup.  Since it has been proven that following a few best practices will help you get the most out of your fiber, thinking about these four important items in advance will allow you to further qualify your needs as well as speed up the purchasing process.

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Topics: fiber network simulation, fiber latency, optical time delay, network simulation, optical fiber, fiber spools, buy optical fiber

What Does Your Optical Fiber Test & Demonstration Setup Say About You?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Often not considered, it is important to remember that looks really do matter!

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Topics: optical fiber, fiber spools, fiber latency, fiber network simulation, fiber test, buy optical fiber

Protecting the Integrity of Municipal Fiber Optic Networks

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, May 2, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

In order to meet the growing needs of the local community, many municipalities have chosen to make significant investments to both deploy and maintain their own fiber optic networks for communications relating to a number of important areas:

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Topics: remote fiber test system, fiber monitoring system, fiber monitoring, fiber optic intrusion detection, municipal fiber optic network, emergency service monitoring

Solving Optical Multicast Challenges

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 18:03 PM

There are many scenarios in today’s networks that require the replication of an optical signal, also known as optical multicast. Some of those scenarios include video feeds or data streams that need to reach multiple endpoints simultaneously. In other scenarios an expensive 40/100Gbps port may need to be replicated. In either case, current multicasting solutions create potential problems associated with congestion, cost, and latency.

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Topics: optical switch, switchlight, optical multicasting, optical multicast, 100Gbps

Optical Switches: Symmetric and Asymmetric

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 16:02 PM

While there are a number of aspects that can be discussed in regards to optical switching technology, the focus of this article is to provide information about two key categories of optical switches – symmetric and asymmetric.  The concept is very straightforward, but still important to understand when determining which type of optical switch will be most suitable for a given application.

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Topics: network monitoring, optical switch, optical switches, optical switching, symmetric optical switches, asymmetric optical switches, non-blocking switch, switchlight

Are Your CATV Laser Transmitters Optimized for Maximum Performance?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 16:09 PM

As a provider of Optical Modulation Index (OMI) Instruments used for optimizing laser transmitter performance, our organization has the opportunity to work closely with many of the talented technicians and engineers at the leading CATV operators around the world.  As a result of the many discussions related to both the importance and use of OMI for maximizing system performance, there have been a number of consistent topics we have seen regarding the deployment of transmitters in the network.

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Topics: fos 1000a, m2 optics, laser transmitter, catv transmitter, catv laser, optical modulation index, omi

Get The Most Out Of Bare Optical Fiber Spools

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 @ 17:04 PM

If your company is like most that are involved with building or utilizing fiber optic systems, chances are you have a few spools of bare optical fiber laying around the lab.  Since it is critical to ensure fiber-based equipment works as intended prior to deployment in the field, it is a recommended and common practice for engineers to simulate networks using spools of bare optical fiber.  Because there have been a variety of different fibers available over the years, engineers can end up with fair amount of spools at their disposal.

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Topics: fiber spools, optical fiber, optical fibers, optical fiber spools, bare optical fiber

Optical Fiber Solutions for OTDR Training

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

Learning to operate an OTDR properly is a critical skill for field technicians managing and servicing fiber optic networks.  The OTDR is used frequently to determine length and loss characteristics, including testing optical fibers for faults and related issues that can negatively affect network performance.

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Topics: fiber spool, test fiber, otdr, m2 optics, otdr training, otdr launch fiber, fiber optic training, fiber lab

Remote Fiber Test Systems – Increasing Optical Network Availability

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

With most of the world now relying on fiber optic systems for communication, a key component to ensuring a high level of performance from operators is network monitoring.  When we think of network monitoring, much of the focus is usually on the equipment itself, as well as the management of all the data flowing through the system.  As a result, an area often overlooked when deploying and monitoring a network is the actual fiber optic cable, through which all the data is sent from one location to another.

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Topics: optical network, remote fiber test systems, remote fiber test system, rfts, network monitoring, monitor fibers, fiber monitor