Importance of OTDR Training

Posted by Charlie Byrd on Wed, Sep 1, 2021 @ 08:09 AM

When fiber optic field technicians need to test the integrity of a fiber optic cable, they use an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) device that identifies and pinpoints issues like breaks/faults and poor splices, while also certifying the cable length.  To find and resolve issues in the fiber cable quickly and efficiently, it’s critical that they not only have a reliable OTDR device, but just as importantly know how to use it properly in terms of selecting the necessary settings and interpreting the results correctly.  This is achieved by receiving thorough training in the classroom prior to heading out into the field.

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Topics: fiber optic testing, otdr

The Importance of Testing and Training for Submarine Fiber Optic Networks

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 @ 15:10 PM

Undersea cabling has connected continents for more than 100 years.  With exponential growth in bandwidth demands, private companies have begun large investments in underwater fiber optic cable to serve their customers’ needs. Because of the unique deployment and additional risks associated with underwater cabling, training and testing with the help of M2 Optics is critical. 

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Topics: fiber optic testing, submarine fiber cable

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: fiber optic testing, optical fiber, optical time delays

Four Benefits of Protecting Your Optical Fiber In A Test Environment

Posted by John Kornegay on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 15:09 PM

If you are in the line of work where you are simulating networks using optical fiber, it is safe to assume that you have a few spools of bare fiber sitting in your test environment. The importance of ensuring your fiber-based network devices will work as envisioned before deployment in the field is vital. However, running simulations using unprotected or unsecured spools fiber can prevent you from producing the maximum results due to challenges that can arise.

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Topics: fiber optic testing