Kevin Miller

Recent Posts

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. 

Read More

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.

Read More

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:

Read More

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. 

Read More

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

What Is Fiber Characterization and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Sep 19, 2022 @ 12:09 PM

Are you thinking about upgrading your fiber optic network? Will your existing optical fiber infrastructure support the devices and services you plan to run? Could your organization benefit from having updated information about your fiber performance and inventory? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, fiber characterization testing will help you gather the necessary data. 

Read More

Topics: optical fiber, single mode fiber, fiber optic cable

Fiber Optic Cable: Buyer's Guide

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Sep 19, 2022 @ 11:09 AM

 

Read More

Topics: fiber optic testing, optical fiber, fiber optic training, fiber optic cable

The Optical Fiber Market in 2022 and Beyond

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 16:08 PM

The Optical Fiber Market in 2022 and Beyond

The global fiber optic cable market has been significantly growing in recent years to support the rising demand by businesses and consumers for internet-based communications and services. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this trend over the past few years, as network operators have been adding more gear and capacity to support remote work, cloud-based service, streaming video, IoT, and 5G wireless technology use. In 2022, some estimate the market is expected to grow by 35.1%, from $66.54 billion in 2021 to $89.91 billion. By 2026, the market could reach $227.54 billion at a 26.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to ReportLinker.

Read More

Topics: optical fiber, Optical fiber market

The Role of Fiber Optic Technology in Cloud Computing

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 15:08 PM

The Role of Fiber Optic Technology in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a trending technology driven by the concept of utilizing internet-based, managed IT resources instead of maintaining the hardware and software components locally or on-site. A cloud computing infrastructure essentially creates a virtual enterprise IT environment consisting of software-defined components and computing power, storage, and network capabilities. This virtual infrastructure does what a physical infrastructure does and more, as it helps reduce costs and complexity while optimizing and centralizing data storage, management, and processing.

Read More

Topics: fiber optic testing, optical fiber

4 Top Fiber Optic Testing FAQs

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Aug 9, 2022 @ 09:08 AM

4 Top Fiber Optic Testing FAQs

With the rapid evolution of technology, high-speed communications systems are essential for enabling telecom service providers to deliver large amounts of content around the world. The demand for faster speeds and more bandwidth is rising and optical fiber cables, which allow for the transfer of data using light signals, serve as the primary medium in these networks.

Read More

Topics: fiber optic testing, optical fiber

5 Signs You Need Customized Fiber Network Simulators

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Jul 18, 2022 @ 04:07 AM

5 Signs You Need Customized Fiber Network Simulators

Simulating a fiber-optic network accurately in the test lab is crucial for ensuring devices meet expectations and the network performs as intended. Every field network is different, and replicating the optical fiber infrastructure is important for device manufacturers designing and making the gear and the service providers installing and maintaining these systems.

Read More

Topics: network simulation