How to Save Money and Time in Testing Fibers with SmartLoop
The only way to get correct values when performing Tier 2 testing of duplex fiber links with an OTDR is via bidirectional testing that averages the measurements taken from both ends of the link.
Bidirectional testing used to involve testing the fiber from one end, walking the OTDR to the other end to test again and then averaging the two values to get the results—and it had to be done for each link.
December 30, 2016
Testing New Cable Tester in 2017
It's that time of year again when we take a look at what we predict to be next year's biggest trends in testing.
Obviously the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to be a major driver in all things network cabling--from the LAN where we will see more devices than ever residing on copper twisted-pair network cabling, to the data center where demand for high speed fiber links continues to expand as companies are faced with the need to access, transmit and store more data than ever before.
December 14, 2016
How Accurate is Your Optical Loss Test Set?
You have just made a loss measurement using an Optical Loss Test Set (OLTS). The measurement was made to a test limit, the result was a PASS, and the margin was provided. Have you ever thought about how much margin is acceptable?
December 1, 2016
Much to be Thankful for
There is much to be thankful for in our industry these days as market growth continues to be fueled by the IoT and big data driving the need for LAN and data center upgrades.
November 23, 2016
Bi-Direction Testing with an OTDR
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November 17, 2016
Cable Testing 101: How to Read the LinkWare™ PC Report
In our last 101 Series Blog, we took at closer look at everything in blue at the top of your LinkWare Report. But what if your customer wants you to explain the detail and those pretty charts to the right?
Let's dive deeper so you're prepared for that possibility.
November 10, 2016
Cable Testing 101: Understanding Your LinkWare Report
So you used your DSX-5000 to test some recently installed copper network runs for your customer. You can easily see on your tester if the link failed or passed for the application you were testing, but now your customer wants a customized report showing the detail.
November 3, 2016
October 20, 2016
Cable Testing 101: There's No Gain with "Gainers"
Akin to water flowing from a small pipe into a large pipe, gainers are essentially perceived increases in optical power that occur at splice points due to variations in fiber characteristics, including core diameter, numerical apertures, mode field diameters and backscatter coefficients.
October 13, 2016
Benefits of Using 8-Fiber Plug and Play MPO Solutions
The use of plug-and-play 12-fiber MPO solutions for multimode fiber backbones in the data center has been popular for several years, starting with 10 Gigabit Ethernet where 12-fiber MPO assemblies connect MPO-to-LC cassettes or modules that transition the 12-fiber MPO connections to 6 duplex LC connections.
October 6, 2016