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  1. Perfect Storm Hits Fiber Optic Industry - What's Next?

    Perfect Storm Hits Fiber Optic Industry - What's Next? 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 Read more...
  2. Shining Some Light on Fiber Optic Visual Fault Locators

    Shining Some Light on Fiber Optic Visual Fault Locators   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, often referred to as a VFL. The price range Read more...
  3. Fiber Optic Dispersion Testing

    Fiber Optic Dispersion Testing   Acceptable tolerances for dispersion greatly decrease as the speed increases Fiber Optic Dispersion testing was not necessary for most 2.5 Gig communication systems. However, as bit rates increase to 10 Gig and beyond (40 Gig & 100 Gig), fiber characterization, particularly dispersion testing, have become increasingly important. The Read more...
  4. Cable Jacket Ratings

    Cable Jacket Ratings Many technicians ask, "Where to use what type of jacketing."   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 ( Read more...
  5. A Guide to Optimizing Your Fiber Optic Cable Management

    A Guide to Optimizing Your Fiber Optic Cable Management   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:• Enhanced signal integrity by minimizing macrobend losses• Protection of cables from macro-bending damage• Improved accessibility for Read more...
  6. Armored vs. Non-Armored Fiber Optic Cable

    Armored vs. Non-Armored Fiber Optic Cable Avantages and disadvantages of amored versus non armored cable 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.Fiber optic cable is offered with Read more...
  7. Various Fiber Optic Cable Constructions

    Various Fiber Optic Cable Constructions Fiber optic cable contruction The words distribution, dry loose tube, gel filled loose tub, breakout, simplex and ADSS - what do they all have in common - well they are all different types of fiber optic cable constructions that you could possibly see on a fiber optic job site. Each of these cable types offers different protections, constructions Read more...
  8. What Are Your Desert Island Fiber Optic Tools?

    What Are Your Desert Island Fiber Optic Tools?   If you could only have a few items to do everything you need to do, what would they be?  We all know the age-old scenario, right? If you could only have a few items to do everything you need to do, what would they be? This seems like a pretty tall task if you’re in the telecommunications industry but let’s indulge together for a Read more...
  9. Placing Fiber Optic Cable - Aerial vs. Underground

    Placing Fiber Optic Cable - Aerial vs. Underground Should you hang it, or bury it? When installing optical fiber cable for a network there are always questions to ask – like should we bury it or hang it? Although I am not an architect, we will try to go over some different scenarios and types of fiber cable that are used in both applications. There are several factors that come in to Read more...
  10. Tight Buffered and Loose Tube Cable Constructions

    Tight Buffered and Loose Tube Cable Constructions The Two Main Types of Fiber Optic Cable There are several aspects of fiber optic cable that need to be considered when choosing the correct type of construction for your project. Not only do you have to think of indoor versus outdoor applications, you also need to think of the physical characteristics that make up the cable. When looking Read more...

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