Fiber Type Matters When Simulating Optical Links and Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes.  With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment. 

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber latency, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay, latency simulator

The Importance of Fiber Monitoring for Rural Broadband Programs

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As broadband access expands to more communities and rural areas, the use and deployment of fiber optic networks continues to grow as residents rely heavily on the availability of faster broadband speeds to stay connected and utilize the latest apps and services. As a result, network reliability and availability is more critical than ever making monitoring and support by the service provider all the more important.

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Topics: fiber monitoring system, municipal fiber optic network, rural broadband

Packaging Optical Fiber Spools to Optimize Space in the Test Lab

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 @ 08:02 AM

This year’s OFC conference in San Diego will be another showcase of innovative new and future technologies.  With fiber optic communication and networking equipment continuing to evolve, testing procedures and setups must also grow and change as part of the process.  Engineers are then often faced with a challenge - how can they continue to add and integrate new systems and the appropriate connectivity infrastructure in a finite amount of lab space?  While some may benefit from new facility expansions, the luxury of additional square footage and rack space isn't often the case for most.

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay

How To Accurately Simulate 400G Fiber Optic Links

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

While the adoption and deployment of 100G systems and related devices in data centers has continued to grow at a solid pace the past few years, network equipment manufacturers have started taking the next step for supporting even greater bandwidth demands by developing 400G optics and transmission systems.

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Topics: fiber network simulation, 400G data center, 400G, 400G optics

Fiber Monitoring - Critical for Networks of All Sizes

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 10:11 AM

The term fiber optic network often conjures up images of Verizon FIOS commercials, Google Fiber, Comcast  Xfinity, or some other multi-billion dollar media and telecommunication company that promotes their reliance on fiber optic infrastructure for their business.

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Topics: fiber monitor, network monitoring, fiber monitoring system

Is It Time to Review the Optical Fiber Setup in Your Test Lab?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

As we enter the last quarter of the year, businesses are starting to or continuing to plan and budget for the upcoming year.  This may mean new investments, new equipment and other upgrades in technology or infrastructure to support and position the company to be competitive and successful in the upcoming year.  

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Topics: optical fibers, test lab, fiber network simulation

Using Fiber Network Simulation to Certify New Optical Equipment

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Using Fiber Network Simulation to Certify New Optical Equipment 

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Topics: fiber optic testing, optical fiber spools, fiber network simulation

Simulating Fiber Optic Links and Latency at Financial Institutions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

For banking and financial companies in the digital age, having reliable and predictable connectivity to markets along with minimal latency is critical to their success.  A financial network backbone must ensure a customer’s access to funds, particularly after hours, while delivering an additional layer of security and visibility of the most up to date financial data.  But how can a bank or financial institution have confidence that their network will perform as expected?  The solution is to accurately simulate field links and latency in a lab environment to validate system performance will be at the high level it needs to be.

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Topics: optical fibers, fiber optic network simulation, financial, latency simulator

Simulating Fiber Optic Links and Latency in the Utilities Industry

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

It is well known that fiber optics are at the heart of data-focused industries such as telecommunications, cable, and enterprise networking.  But fiber optic technology also plays a critical role for utility providers such as electric, gas, and water. Simulating the network and testing for latency are keys to successfully deploying fiber networks in the utilities industry.

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulator, simulate latency, utilities

Passive Optical Networks (PONs) & Why It’s Important to Test Them Before Deployment

Posted by John Kornegay on Fri, Jun 21, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

The fact that fiber optics are used in the transmission of light-signal data is widely known, as is the fact that separated ways are required to allow those signals to arrive at their intended destination. Typically speaking, there are two types of network that are employed to achieve this goal:

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Topics: WDM, lgx splitter, 40G, pon simulator