Kevin Miller

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What is a Remote Fiber Testing System and How Does It Work? An Overview

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Mar 29, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

What is a Remote Fiber Testing System and How Does It Work? An Overview

Interested in learning more about remote fiber test systems and how they work? Intended for those seeking a better understanding of solutions for successfully maintaining fiber optic networks, this article focuses on remote fiber testing systems, which are a valuable tool for network operations teams.

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An Introductory Guide to Fiber Optic Link Simulation

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Mar 18, 2022 @ 16:03 PM

An Introductory Guide to Fiber Optic Link Simulation

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Topics: fiber optic training, network simulation

What Is the Difference Between OTDR and OLTS?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Mar 18, 2022 @ 16:03 PM

What Is the Difference Between OTDR and OLTS?

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Topics: optical fiber, otdr

How Are Fiber Spools Used For Fiber Optic Testing?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Fiber optic testing and training are important aspects of ensuring optical communications networks operate successfully as designed and intended. When thinking about the big picture, testing and training happen at many different levels and in a variety of instances both before, during, and after the network has been installed.

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Topics: fiber optic training

How to Calculate Fiber Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
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Topics: optical fiber, latency

Optical Fiber - A Source of Revenue for Energy & Utilities Companies

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 @ 10:10 AM

Along with being highly regulated, energy and electric utilities companies have faced a transitioning business model with declining electricity use resulting from increased competition, distributed generation, and growing use of renewable sources like solar and wind. Consumers ultimately have more choices now than in past years, making it more challenging for these companies to achieve their revenue growth and profitability goals.

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Topics: optical fiber, fiber monitoring, electric utilities, broadband service, gas and electric

Simulating Multi-Fiber and MPO Cable Links

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

In today’s advanced fiber optic networks, multi-fiber cabling is utilized both inside data centers and across vast field networks as it provides the most efficient approach for deploying large counts of fibers using as little physical space as possible.  At the most basic level, a multi-fiber cable is typically comprised of a ribbon cable surrounded by a protective outer jacketing.  These ribbon and/or multi-fiber cables are available with number options when it comes to fiber counts (ex: 8, 12, 24, etc)

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Topics: network simulation

Understanding Submarine Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, May 11, 2021 @ 08:05 AM

We’ve recently written about the importance of simulating submarine fiber networks in a lab environment for testing and training purposes, while highlighting the history and shifting investment dynamic in this arena.  A visit to Submarine Cable Map offers an interactive view of the breadth of fiber cabling crisscrossing the oceans of the world, demonstrating its critical importance to global communications.

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Topics: optical fiber

Key Differences Between Single Mode and Multimode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 08:04 AM

When utilizing optical fibers for high-speed communications applications, there two primary categories that fibers are grouped into, based on their construction and intended applications. In this article, we will review both Single Mode and Multimode optical fiber classifications, providing a quick introduction to both types and their key differences.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber, single mode fiber

Popular Single Mode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Single Mode optical fibers are frequently deployed in fiber optic communications systems,  as their design makes them the ideal choice for network links ranging from just a few hundred meters to thousands of kilometers in distance.  With several global manufacturers leading the market offering fibers to meet ITU-T industry standards, in this article we will quickly review some of the most common and popular single mode fibers that are being designed into networks today. 

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Topics: single mode fiber