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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

Mobile Backhaul - Strategies for Increasing Bandwidth to Cell Sites

Posted by OJ Johnston on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 17:07 PM

As the use of mobile applications and services that require increasingly more bandwidth continues to grow, wireless service providers must find cost-effective and efficient methods for meeting the bandwidth demand. Legacy transport networks are no longer capable of adequately serving today’s cell sites. Newer technologies such as GPON, WDM-PON, and Ethernet over CWDM/DWDM are all well-suited to cost-effectively address the growing bandwidth needs of wireless service providers. Regardless of the technology used, M2 Optics’ SplitLight product is an integral part of the solution.
 

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Topics: GPON, m2 optics, SplitLight, WDM-PON, cwdm, dwdm, mobile backhaul, wireless backhaul, oadm

Passive Optical Networks – Moving Beyond the LGX Form-Factor

Posted by OJ Johnston on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 @ 17:04 PM

Traditionally, products have gone down the path of modularity for two reasons: cost and/or ease of replacement without effecting existing services.  When the LGX form factor was first created for optical splitters, it made sense to have a modular approach for the first reason and to a lesser extent, the latter reason.  When optical splitter modules were first put into the LGX form factor, the cost per splitter was considerably higher than it is today. Therefore, inserting modules into a chassis became a cost effective way to “grow” as needed.  At the same time, the quality of those modules was not as high nor as repeatable as it is today, so despite any changes being service effecting (passive elements are not capable of protection switching around an outage) having the ability to replace the modules was also a key advantage.

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Topics: fiber optic splitters, m2 optics, optical tap, fiber tap, SplitLight, optical splitters, passive optical network, lgx, pon splitter

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

Reducing Rack Space with New, High-Density Optical Taps

Posted by OJ Johnston on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:10 PM

As virtualization and cloud applications become more and more prevalent in Data Centers, POPs, Head-ends, and Central Offices, the available rack space needed to house the equipment for these applications is shrinking.  While the space needed to store, process, route, or switch the data becomes more compact, one thing that remains difficult to reduce is the physical layer infrastructure. As traffic enters or exits a facility, most providers want the capability to monitor what is being delivered or sent to/from their site. At the larger sites, this data traffic is riding on fiber, and in many cases, there are a number of fibers coming into or out of a given site. To be able to accurately monitor this traffic, a passive optical tap is used to duplicate the traffic and send it to a monitoring device that can analyze the header information native to the traffic type.  In the past, these optical taps were relatively expensive and bulky. Even today, most vendors cannot provide more than 24 taps in a single 1RU footprint. 

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Topics: optical fiber, m2 optics, optical tap, optical taps, fiber tap, network tap, SplitLight, optical splitter, high density

Best Practices for Simulating a Physical Fiber Optic Network

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

This new, free whitepaper from M2 Optics Inc. discusses the importance of simulating a physical fiber optic network in the laboratory and best practices for achieving maximum results.
 

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Topics: optical fiber, m2 optics, 100G, optical fiber spools, network simulation, fiber optic network simulator

Free Webinar: "The Need for Speed - Migrating Your Test Lab to 100G"

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 @ 15:02 PM

Free Webinar by ONPATH Technologies, QualiSystems, and M2 Optics
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Thursday, February 9th at 1pm EST/10am PST
 

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Topics: 100G, m2 optics, ONPATH, QualiSystems, 100G solutions, 100G network, test lab, 100GbE, 100G equipment

Network Communication Speed Comparison Chart

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

As the demand for faster speeds has grown rapidly over recent decades, new communications networking equipment and systems are constantly being developed to accommodate these requirements .   A result of these efforts is a series of established networking protocols and terminology that are used to identify various speed thresholds and the related equipment.

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Topics: network protocols, networking terminology, network speed comparison chart, m2 optics, ONPATH, networking speeds, network throughput, throughput speed

Coiled Fiber Cables Offer Increased Flexibility (Guest Author)

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Written by:  Kyle Miller @ JEM Electronics, Inc.

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Topics: m2 optics, fiber optic cable, coiled fiber, jem electronics