Cabling Chronicles

Keep it Clean: From the Endface to Your Tester

Cleanliness has long been a best practice in fiber optic installation, but since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no longer just the fiber endfaces you need to worry about. If you think about how often your cabling tools and testers are touched by you and others on the job site, it’s clear that they too need to be cleaned.

November 16, 2020

What’s the Difference Between Channel and Component Standards?

When it comes to cabling standards, you’ve probably heard of channel standards and component standards. The two are not one and the same, so we thought it might make sense to explain the difference, why you should care and how they are tested.

November 4, 2020

Extending and Testing Cable Runs Beyond 100 meters

In our last article on how to connect end devices beyond copper Ethernet’s 100 meter range, we looked at various solutions to the dilemma of needing to connect an end device that’s just a little too far from the nearest telecommunications room (TR), including building a new TR, the use of an extender device, fiber or extended-distance cabling.

October 8, 2020

Breaking the 100-Meter Barrier

It’s a common problem – you need to connect an end device that’s just a little too far from the nearest telecommunications room (TR). While industry standards limit the length of a channel to 100 meters, connecting the device maybe require a channel length of 150 meters or even 200.

There are four ways to address this problem. Let’s take a look at the options and their pros and cons.

September 23, 2020

Physical Infrastructure Management Reduces Network Downtime

Planet IRM and Fluke Networks have integrated LinkWare Live into the Planet Infrastructure Relationship Management software solution, allowing customers to access detailed cable test results from their physical asset network diagrams, providing a view we like to call “from network map to wiremap”.  We asked the team at Planet to introduce their solution and the benefits of the integration – their article is below.

September 15, 2020

Re-Certified Test Reports: Are They Really Valid?

The first in a series of articles on re-certification.

July 23, 2020