VIAVI offers two free reference guides for fiber optic testing that can be downloaded as ebooks. Volume 1 reviews the basics in systems, standards, and network architectures and focuses on how to make the most of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) to install, turn-up, and maintain fiber optic networks
85% of network failures are caused by dirty connectors. The connectors entrusted to carry the critical information that passes through your network deserve far more than a wipe on a t-shirt. As data center bandwidth continues to increase, adherence to best practice fiber endface cleaning and inspection methods must improve. Download AFL’s best practices guide for cleaning.
A quick tutorial on bend radius from the Fiber Optic Association: All FO cables have specs that must not be exceeded during install to prevent irreparable damage to the cable: pulling tension, min bend radius, crush loads. Installers must understand these specs & know how to pull cables without damaging them. Why is it important? Not following bend radius guidelines can lead to cable damage. If the cable is damaged in installation, the manufacturer’s warranty is voided. That means if you are pulling a cable over a pulley, that pulley should have a min radius of 260mm/10″ or a diameter of 520mm/20″ – don’t get radius and diameter mixed up!
To handle higher bandwidth, improve network density, and prepare for future upgrades, more data center designers and network managers are moving to multi-fiber push-on connections or MPOs in their fiber network infrastructure. This White Paper provides an overview of all things MPO, including fiber counts, color coding, cleaning, and polarity considerations.
BICSI has published the 14th edition of The Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), its flagship manual. The manual is the basis for the RCDD® exam and has become a world resource in global best practices. The 14th edition incorporates significant changes that reflect the newest trends in ICT technologies, ensuring a project is designed based on the latest standards and best practices. The two-volume TDMM contains vital information on these aspects and even more.
FOSCO Connect recently published its informative 101 Guidelines for Fiber Optic Cable Installation. The technical article shares their top guidelines for fiber-optic cabling cabling installation including: never directly pull on the fiber itself; and never exceed the cable bend radius.
Learn Fiber Optic technology basics including fiber types, connector types, types of impairments, and best practices for installing, certifying, and troubleshooting fiber optic systems. Sessions will include technology overviews, reviews of test applications, and in-depth product demonstrations.
To provide the kind of faultless multi-gigabyte service promised by 5G, the fibre used in networks must be properly installed and maintained correctly. Therefore, it is important to address the need for the effective training of technicians. The deployment of 5G networks will only be successful if a skilled workforce is created who understand the correct way in which to carry out all of the processes. Contamination is a threat to optical networks and cleaning fibre is an important task to help a network achieves its performance goals. Therefore, engineers should be trained in ‘best practice’ cleaning procedures to future-proof each installation.