Remote Fiber Test Systems – Increasing Optical Network Availability

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

With most of the world now relying on fiber optic systems for communication, a key component to ensuring a high level of performance from operators is network monitoring.  When we think of network monitoring, much of the focus is usually on the equipment itself, as well as the management of all the data flowing through the system.  As a result, an area often overlooked when deploying and monitoring a network is the actual fiber optic cable, through which all the data is sent from one location to another.

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Topics: fiber monitor, optical network, network monitoring, remote fiber test systems, remote fiber test system, rfts, monitor fibers

Passive Optical Networks (PON) - Commonly Used Terms & Definitions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 @ 15:04 PM

What exactly is a PON?  What is the difference between EPON and GPON?  With passive networks becoming very prominent across the communications industry, we’ve outlined some of the most commonly used terms along with their definitions, to help readers become more familiar with this particular technology.  (If you would like to suggest additional related PON terms, feel free to comment and we will update the list accordingly)

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Topics: PON, GPON, optical network, passive optical network, apon, bpon, epon, 10g-pon, pon network

Fiber Optic Network Monitoring for Reducing Service Downtimes

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 @ 15:06 PM

With fiber optic equipment now widely used in most communications systems, it is crucial that administrators and service personnel have an efficient solution in place for dealing with issues directly related to the physical network.  While there are many Network Management Systems (NMS) being utilized, most will send an alert if a specific piece of equipment fails, but are not a help in locating the problem if it should occur to the line itself.  Therefore, while a failure will often be recognized quickly, much time can be lost in sending a technician out to locate and fix the specific issue.

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Topics: fiber monitor, optical network, fiber fault, fiber tapping, fiber optic networks

Why Test Fiber Optic Equipment Using Real Optical Fiber?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 @ 15:06 PM

When testing fiber optic equipment intended for longer distances during the development/certification stages, it is vital that engineers ensure their products will operate as intended once installed in the field.  In order to do this, there are a few alternative methods that have been used to accomplish this task.  As a leading provider of network simulation platforms containing real optical fiber spools, questions we commonly receive include:

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Topics: optical fiber, optical network, optical fibers, optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulation, fiber optic equipment