Kevin Miller

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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

Solve Latency Challenges Using Efficient Optical Time Delay Solutions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Dec 8, 2022 @ 10:12 AM

Latency is a critical performance factor in communications networks as it is the time it takes for data to travel from one point to another.  As one might expect, service providers commit a great deal of time and effort attempting to reduce latency across the entire network, to deliver data and content faster to consumers and businesses. While important in general, some applications like financial trading, streaming video, and defense/military communications prioritize latency reduction with the goal of achieving as close to real-time communications as possible.

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Topics: optical fiber, latency, optical time delays

Key Considerations When Calculating Optical Fiber Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Nov 29, 2022 @ 10:11 AM

Optical fiber serves as the primary medium for transmitting data in today's high-speed communications networks and latency, one of the most critical performance measurements, is the time it takes for a light signal to travel from one point to another. While there are numerous factors that contribute to this value like installed devices when looking at overall network latency, the time delay incurred during light transmission across the fiber itself, also known as fiber latency, is a significant component in the equation.

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Topics: optical fiber, optical time delays, calculate latency

Important OTDR Parameters

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 10:11 AM

With global connectivity and data consumption rising at an exponential rate every year, the need for robust, faster, and more reliable data transmission is at its peak. Supporting this demand, fiber optic technology is fundamental and critical to delivering high-speed communication services and supporting the modern economy. 

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Topics: fiber optic testing, otdr

Benefits of Using Customized Products for Fiber Optic Applications

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 @ 10:10 AM

Benefits of Using Customized Products for Fiber Optic Networking Applications

When designing fiber optic communications equipment or architecting a network, engineers spend a great deal of time evaluating, selecting, and certifying equipment to match the project’s needs. During this process, deciding to utilize either off-the-shelf style products or customized style products for satisfying specific engineering or network goals is very important and can have major ramifications on the outcome of the project. This article will briefly review these two categories of fiber optic products as both have their place in fiber optic communications systems, then discuss how using customized products in specific instances can deliver greater ROI.

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Topics: fiber lab

Calculating Dynamic Range

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Oct 19, 2022 @ 10:10 AM

What is the Dynamic Range of an OTDR?

When certifying or troubleshooting optical fibers in a network using an OTDR, the Dynamic Range is a key parameter of the device that determines the maximum length of the fiber that is observed during a test trace. In more technical terms, it is the distance between the point of the initial backscatter and the noise floor at the end of the fiber under test. The dynamic range value is measured and expressed in decibels (dB) and is essentially an analysis of power levels. OTDRs offering a larger dynamic range value can test longer lengths of fiber compared to those offering a smaller dynamic range value. Therefore, equating a dynamic range value with a fiber distance value is important when evaluating or specifying an OTDR for testing fibers in a network.

Calculating Dynamic Range

At the most basic level, the calculation relationship for equating a dynamic range value to a fiber distance includes three components:

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Topics: optical fiber, otdr, optical time delays

List of Top Optical Fiber Resources

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Oct 13, 2022 @ 10:10 AM

With the goal of helping fiber technicians, engineers, and telecom enthusiasts learn more about using and managing fiber, M2 offers several highly useful tools and resources for calculating fiber latency accurately, simulating fiber networks and technical optical fiber reference guides. There are several types of fibers and understanding more about them is extremely important for engineers working in the field of networking and communications. Designed by engineers for engineers, every solution and resource is geared to maximize value, benefit everyone, efficiency, and versatility to help you achieve your project goals. 

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Topics: optical fiber, fiber optic training, Optical fiber market