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Network monitoring for fiber optic infrastructure can be intimidating at first - one wrong move and the glass in the cables might snap, making them useless. Optical network taps resolve this in a safe and ideal way - passive network taps require no energy, do not move, and have miniscule failure rates when applied correctly.

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Every fiber technician has heard the terms field polish and factory polish, but what is the difference and why does it matter so much which option you choose for your application?

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Here in the United States we have probably seen a statement of either REACH or RoHS on a product that we have purchased whether it be an electrical device, or a piece of fiber optic cable. This standard is a somewhat foreign matter to us here in the United States but in the European Union countries...

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100 years ago, Warren G. Harding coined the phrase “A Return to Normalcy” during his 1920 Presidential campaign in a post WWI world. As we navigate through the Coronavirus Pandemic by social distancing and working remotely to focus on our health...

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Just four weeks ago I was teaching a class in Atlanta, GA and now I write this article from my kitchen table quarantined from work trying to do my part and stay healthy. I am sure that many of you are doing the exact same thing. I find myself missing the things that I called my “job” just a few weeks ago.

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Methodically over the past two decades Asian sources, especially China, have dominated the communication fiber optic industry. The components they supply include connectors, ferrules, lasers, couplers, cable assemblies and active network equipment to identify a few. U.S. manufacturers cooperatively profit from these Asian business ventures by heavily depending on the key components they supply for manufacturing operations in the U.S.

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Accumulating tools for troubleshooting a fiber optic link doesn’t have to be expensive. There are some basic pieces of test gear that can be added to a fiber technician’s tool box that cost under $500 dollars. One of these pieces of fiber optic test equipment is a Visual Fault Locator.Read More

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In the fiber optic industry we have all probably seen the words, plenum or riser in our day because these are two of the most common jacket types in the United States. But there are other options out there that are lesser known and talked about - such as Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH), and Polyethylene (Pe).

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How safe, efficient, and organized is your fiber optic cabling? That largely depends on your cable management practices. Optimal organization of your networking cables delivers these benefits...

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In this post we will discuss armored and non armored fiber optic cable and the various cable constructions that are offered. I will also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of armored versus non armored cables for these various constructions.

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