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  1. OTDR Service/Connector Repair Annual Calibration May Not Be Enough

    OTDR Service/Connector Repair  Annual Calibration May Not Be Enough Annual Calibrations If you are a happy owner of an OTDR, chances dictate you are aware that these little beauties require annual calibrations. These annual calibrations are generally required by job sites and ensure your equipment is testing according to factory specifications. Did you know that the standard annual calibration service may not be Read more...
  2. Calibration: When & Why

    Calibration: When & Why When the Heck Do You Calibrate These Things?   So you are a proud owner of some fiber optic test equipment. It may be an OTDR, fusion splicer or PM & LS set. One of those magic questions is when the heck do you calibrate these things? Well there are several factors in play with this question so let’s take a journey down the road into Read more...
  3. Fusion Splicer & Cleaver – They’re a Team! Service & Calibration Isn’t Complete Without Both Pieces of Equipment

    Fusion Splicer & Cleaver – They’re a Team!   Service & Calibration Isn’t Complete Without Both Pieces of Equipment   You Need to Have Maintenance and Calibration Conducted on both Your Splicer and Cleaver! In the world of fiber optic calibration and maintenance, one of the most popular items to be serviced is the fusion splicer. Hands down what most would call one of the most important and used pieces of equipment in the fiber optic world. This tool Read more...
  4. Tracking Down Optical Loss

    Tracking Down Optical Loss     There are three basic steps to identifying loss events and restoring a fiber link. Identify the type and location of optical loss (fault(s)) Repair the fault(s) Test the repaired fiber Where to begin? A good way to start is to eliminate “human error”.  For example, if the problem is in a LAN, ask if anyone has Read more...
  5. Why Do You Need a PON Power Meter?

    Why Do You Need a PON Power Meter?   The PON Power Meter an Essential Piece of Equipment The requirements for testing fiber optic networks will vary depending on the specific type of network as well as the network designer's overall test requirements. Regardless of type, there are two basic or generic pieces of Optical Test Equipment that will be used; an Optical Time Domain Read more...
  6. The Birth of the Fiber Optic Restoration Kit

    The Birth of the Fiber Optic Restoration Kit In today’s connected world we are very attached to our devices, whether we are at home or out and about.  What happens when your internet service goes down?  We rely on our fiber optic networks more than ever now.  Working from home, remote learning, telemedicine and simple, every day communications are critical now more than ever Read more...
  7. FTTx- The Parts and Pieces

    FTTx- The Parts and Pieces   FTTx Installations As we see the need for a dramatic increase in the amount of bandwidth that is delivered to customers, due to 4K high definition TV, services such as YouTube and other video sharing services, and peer to peer sharing services, we are seeing a rise in FTTx installations or more Fiber To The "x". We all like lightning fast Read more...
  8. Fiber Optic Cable Jacket Removal Tools

    Fiber Optic Cable Jacket Removal Tools Tools of the Fiber Optic Trade Working with fiber optic cables requires you to have a variety of tools in your truck because you never know what type of cable you will be working on. There are many different types of fiber cables available, so there are also a variety of tools that will help make the job of cable preparation easier. Fiber optic Read more...
  9. Fiber Optic Cleavers

    Fiber Optic Cleavers   Types of Fiber Optic Cleavers and Steps to Their Use If you have ever spliced optical fiber then you know what a fiber optic cleaver is. If you are new to fiber, then the mention of a cleaver may be a new concept. In simple terms, a cleaver is used to cut your fiber so you have two ends that will line up and can be welded together using a Read more...
  10. What is Optical Return Loss?

    What is Optical Return Loss?   Optical Return Loss -An Important Test When talking about fiber, Optical Return Loss (ORL) is one of the number one things that is tested. This is the ratio of light that is reflected back to the source of the light over the entire fiber link. This is always measured in dB (decibels) and will typically be a negative number. The closer the Read more...

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