Customized Optical Fiber Solutions for University and Research Needs

Posted by Rebekah Dunstan on Mon, Feb 12, 2024 @ 14:02 PM

For universities and research institutions developing, evaluating, and testing fiber optic technology to advance global communications, using optical fibers to accurately simulate span performance and latency in the lab is often an essential step in projects. This brief article discusses how customized Fiber Lab solutions from M2 Optics help researchers and professors successfully address the precision, consistency, and protection challenges that arise when working with bare optical fibers.

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Topics: optical fiber, network simulation, latency, universities and research

Fiber Monitoring Systems: Proven Benefits for University Campuses

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Feb 1, 2024 @ 14:02 PM

From supporting live online classes to delivering reliable high-speed internet services to students and administration, optical fiber networks play an essential role across university campuses. Discover the numerous benefits of implementing fiber monitoring systems and how they can enhance IT and communications services.

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Topics: fiber optic testing, optical fiber, fiber monitoring, university campus

Win the Fiber Revolution - Utilizing 3D Printing and Design Services

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Oct 10, 2023 @ 11:10 AM

There's an old business saying, "If you are not innovating, you are dying." Similar to other industry sectors, the telecommunications and fiber optic technology arena is no different. In this rapidly growing and evolving landscape where network equipment manufacturers and service providers are racing to deliver ever-increasing amounts of data to satisfy global demands, staying ahead of the curve and the competition is more than just a business strategy - it's essential. No two networks are exactly alike and various challenges arise frequently that companies must be able to successfully navigate. Differentiation is a key element in a highly competitive market – those who can take new products and enhancements to market faster, find creative solutions to quickly overcome unexpected issues, and reduce supply lead times for clients are just a few examples of ways companies can gain a competitive advantage.

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Topics: 3D Printing, 3D design, 3D design and printing servives, 3D printing and design for Telecom, 3d printing and design services for Fiber Optics

An Introduction to Polarization-Maintaining (PM) Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Aug 3, 2023 @ 09:08 AM

What are Polarization-Maintaining (PM) Optical Fibers?

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Topics: optical fiber, polarization-maintaining optical fiber, pm fiber

What is OM5 Wideband Multimode Optical Fiber?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, May 24, 2023 @ 11:05 AM

OM5 optical fiber is the latest iteration in the family of multimode fibers that includes prior types OM1, OM2, OM3, and OM4. Formally introduced a few years ago in 2016 by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), it is also known as "Wideband Multimode Fiber" (WBMMF) and was specifically designed to enhance optical transmission performance in both data center and enterprise networks.

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Topics: multimode fiber, OM5 wideband multimode optical fiber, OM5

Fiber Monitoring for Transportation and Highway Networks

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Apr 25, 2023 @ 10:04 AM

The transportation and highway infrastructure is critical to the flow of goods, people, and resources throughout the country.  As we learned during the pandemic, transportation was the lynchpin to delivering goods to stores, homes, or people in need.

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Topics: fiber monitoring, cybersecurity, transportation network

How Fiber Optic Networks Support Blockchain Technology

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Mar 15, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

Fiber optic networks are essential to the functioning of blockchain technology. In short, blockchain is a decentralized system that relies on a distributed network of computers to maintain a digital ledger of all transactions. Allowing for secure, transparent, and immutable record-keeping, this technology has a wide range of applications in finance (cryptocurrency for example), supply chain management, and other industries. Offering high-speed, low-latency data transmission capabilities, fiber optic networks are the ideal choice for supporting the complex and data-intensive operations of blockchain technology.

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Topics: fiber optic testing, network simulation, blockchain

A Guide To Understanding Fiber-to-the-Home

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 13:02 PM

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), also known as fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), is when optical fiber is installed and connected directly to a single structure, such as a home, apartment, or business. This approach for delivering high-speed internet services and greater bandwidth continues to excel globally as it offers superior performance compared to non-fiber coaxial cable and DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connections. 

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Topics: WDM, fiber optic testing, optical fiber, otdr, PON, optical switching, fiber optic training, fiber lab, network simulation, optical taps, fiber monitoring, optical time delays, Optical fiber market, fiber optic cable, fiber optic networks

The Benefits of Optical Fiber for eGaming

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Jan 31, 2023 @ 14:01 PM

The online gaming industry has been growing at a steady pace over the last decade, along with a rapid acceleration in the global popularity of eSports tournaments and massive multi-player style games hitting the market for entertainment. To support real-time, on-demand accessibility and the sheer amount of data being transmitted and received by the player’s gaming console or device, a fiber optic internet connection is critical for delivering the speed and bandwidth necessary for a positive player experience.

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Topics: optical fiber, egaming, fiber optic networks, online gaming

Fiber Lab MSP – The Trusted Solution for OTDR Training

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Jan 10, 2023 @ 10:01 AM

An Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) is an essential device used by fiber optic technicians for validating the continuity and integrity of optical fiber spans along with identifying and locating physical issues like breaks and degradations that negatively affect signal performance. As OTDRs are complex devices that must be configured properly by the user for each test scenario, classroom training is critical for learning and training purposes, ensuring that technicians are taking the most accurate measurements when using in the field network environment.

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Topics: optical fiber, otdr, PON, fiber optic training, fiber lab, network simulation, fiber optic cable