Fluke Networks and Planet Associates have integrated Fluke Networks’ LinkWare Live and Planet Associates’ PlanetIRM, which is a next-generation cloud-based infrastructure configuration management software platform. LinkWare Live is Fluke Networks’ cloud-connected online cable certification solution. The companies explain the result of this integration is “a single solution that can design, consolidate, aggregate and visualize an organization’s facilities, IT/telecom, inside-plant, outside-plant, circuits, network assets and connectivity data.”
With OM4 at a premium over OM3, many data centers and LANs not requiring the extra distance afforded by OM4 continue to deploy OM3 multimode fiber cabling, and it remains more widely deployed for that reason. And while the two fiber types can be mixed due to the same core size, there are some considerations in general when it comes to mixing multimode fiber types.
Cabling is the cause of more than half of Industrial Ethernet failures, but with the right tools you can troubleshoot or even prevent them. Join us for a 15-minute discussion of testing IE cabling followed up by a short question and answer session. Learn more about Industrial Ethernet by visiting our resource page.
Adopted by TIA, the nomenclature for multimode fiber found in the ISO/IEC 11801 standard includes the prefix “OM.” Rather than the spiritual mantra you hear in yoga class, most sources in our industry state that the acronym OM comes from “optical multimode” which seems rather obvious. But when it comes to the various nuances of each type of OM, the differences aren’t quite as obvious. There are currently five types of OM fiber—OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4 and OM5. OM1 fiber was the de facto choice for fiber throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and was still installed into the early 2000s. OM1 has a core diameter of 62.5 µm while OM2, OM3, OM4 and OM5 all feature a 50 µm core.
While it would be nice to think that every reel of cable coming out of the factory is in perfect condition, that’s not always the case. Furthermore, what’s not to say that the reel wasn’t damaged during shipping and handling? Just imagine testing the cable plant after installation only to find out that the cable is faulty—now that’s time and money lost! Testing and documenting newly-delivered spools can also let you determine reel-to-reel consistency to keep your cabling vendors honest. Not to mention that it can help determine the cable was mishandled during installation, refuting blame by giving you proof that all was good before installation.
As fiber-optic cabling continues to grow in popularity, it is being installed in more types of environments than ever before. Some of these environments have inherent restrictions on or challenges to routing, installation, termination, and verification practices. While some recommended practices apply across a broad range of applications and environments, other fiber deployments require unique or specialized practices. This webcast looks at fiber deployment in different environments, including an examination of multiple termination styles, proper test procedures, cleaning processes, and inspection techniques.
Cabling is the number one cause of Industrial Ethernet problems. This new flyer from Fluke Networks shows how you can find cabling problems in just four seconds.
The Modular Plug Terminated Link, or MPTL, where a horizontal cable run terminated on one end to an RJ-45 plug connects directly into a device, has become increasingly popular for connecting a variety of devices—from wireless access points and security cameras, to PoE lights and video displays—essentially wherever it’s deemed impractical or unsafe to deploy an outlet and equipment cord. Approved within ANSI-TIA 568.2-D as an option for connecting devices, MPTLs aren’t just popular in North America. But some of you have asked about regions that don’t follow TIA standards, and if it possible to test an MPTL to ISO/IEC or CENELEC standards. While the short answer is “not yet,” you can still make sure your MPTLs will perform.
Learn why fiber cleanliness is critical to the latest 100G and 400G networks in Fluke’s March 31 webinar. Topics covered include requirements of 200 and 400 GbE, the impact of fiber contamination, a live demo of proper fiber cleaning, and troubleshooting performance problems with an OTDR.
Read the latest standards news from Fluke Network’s Seymour Goldstein, who attended the TR42 meeting in New Orleans and the SC25 WG3 meeting in Sydney Australia.