Build a Competitive Advantage with Fiber Link and Delay Simulators

Posted by Charlie Byrd on Thu, Apr 9, 2020 @ 08:04 AM

For many years, communications network equipment manufacturers performed most of the lab testing efforts when designing and certifying their gear for use in the field by their customers.  Now that fiber optic systems are the norm around the world for driving communications, many of the equipment users themselves are testing potential devices before deployment to determine the best solution for their own unique needs.  Financial service providers, utilities, local governments, and smaller regional internet providers have recognized that having even a small and efficient lab setup where they can simulate their network and train technicians can go a long way in optimizing their operations.

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Topics: fiber optic training, optical fiber spools, test lab, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay

Fiber Type Matters When Simulating Optical Links and Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes.  With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment. 

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber latency, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay, latency simulator

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: optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay

Types of Optical Delay Lines: Passive and Active

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 @ 14:03 PM

 

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Topics: optical time delay, optical delay line, rf over fiber, ODL, fiber coil, RFoF

Buying Optical Fiber for Network Testing and Latency Applications

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

When the time comes to buy spools of optical fiber for testing and demonstrating communications systems, there are a few items to consider that will help ensure you end up with an ideal setup.  Since it has been proven that following a few best practices will help you get the most out of your fiber, thinking about these four important items in advance will allow you to further qualify your needs as well as speed up the purchasing process.

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Topics: optical fiber, fiber spools, fiber latency, network simulation, fiber network simulation, buy optical fiber, optical time delay