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.
Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes. With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment.
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.
Do you Inspect Before You Connect? The VIAVI full-size wall poster will serve as a helpful reminder that Contamination is the #1 Reason to Troubleshoot Optical Networks. Dirty connectors cause 80% of field test failures. Microscopic debris significantly degrades signal performance and can cause permanent damage. Mating dirty connectors can break apart, spread, and migrate particles. And a typical dust particle is 2 to 15 µm and is only visible with a microscope.
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.
What is an #OTDR and what does it do? This free poster answers your questions, and serves as a guide to OTDR trace analysis and Smart Link Mapper icon-based fiber link views. Learn everything you need to know about OTDRs.
IT teams have more metrics than ever before. Yet according to Forrester Research, one-third of user complaints linger without resolution for a month or more. Do you have the right insight to understand and resolve user problems? In this webinar learn how the end-user focused technologies of Observer 17.5 simplify user experience assessment and troubleshooting to: Improve engineer’s ability to triage problem response and assign support tickets; Facilitate faster root-cause analysis with user-experience driven workflows; Ensure performance visibility in next generation 100 Gb data centers; Understand how users, by location or service, are experiencing an application.
As many different applications increasingly adopt Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices, such as phones, cameras, lighting, and access controls, IDEAL Networks is offering advice to help IT technicians handle everyday PoE troubleshooting scenarios including: when a VoiP phone doesn’t work, a VoIP phone needs replacing with a higher power device, or an IP CCTV camera is stuck in boot cycle.