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2018-11-13

Get to know Lengthonomics

This is a guest blog from Carrie Goetz (D.MCO, RCDD/NTS, CDCP, CDCS, 1st Degree IM) who is the Global Technology Director Paige DataCom Solutions.

2018-11-06

Version 6.0 Features Benefit New and Current OptiFiber Pro Users

You’ve probably heard of the new OptiFiber Pro HDR models we recently introduced, which are designed for OSP and PON applications.  However, there are a number of new features now available as part of this launch that work in both the current OptiFiber Pro as well as the new HDR models.  In fact, these new features can be added to any existing OptiFiber Pro at no charge through a simple upgrade.  Let’s check out these new capabilities.

2018-10-31

New OptiFiber Pro High Dynamic Range Modules for Outside Plant and Passive Optical Networks

With the new Fluke Networks OptiFiber® Pro High Dynamic Range (HDR) Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, Versiv becomes a single solution for applications ranging from FTTx, PON and datacenters to category-rated structured cabling. Since Versiv users report that its efficient and familiar interface cuts costs by 65% when testing, certifying and maintaining copper and fiber network installations, it’s clear why they’d want to apply the same savings to outside plant jobs as well.

2018-10-24

It’s That Time of Year Again – Beware of Ghosts and Dead Zones!

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are falling and it’s time for all things spooky. So we thought that in the spirit of Halloween, we would post this blog again that takes a look at two of the most confusing (and perhaps scariest) OTDR events--ghosts and dead zones.

When You See What Doesn't Exist

2018-10-18

What’s Up with Industrial Ethernet?

Due to its inherent reliability, performance and interoperability, Ethernet has infiltrated the factory floor as the communication protocol of choice for automation and control systems. This year, Industrial Ethernet has overtaken market share from traditional fieldbus protocols that typically require multiple segregated and proprietary cabling plants. 

2018-10-11

101 Series: What is an APC Connector and How Do I Test It?

The singlemode fiber connectors you likely encounter the most feature a blue connector body, but if you’re working with any passive optical networks (PONs), carrier networks or large cloud/colo or hyperscale data centers, you may encounter singlemode fiber connectors with a green connector body – and these green connectors are growing in popularity.

2018-10-04

Type 3 and Type 4 are Here!

Last week the IEEE 802.3bt standard for Type 3 and Type 4 PoE was finally ratified! While we’ve been talking about these higher levels of PoE for quite some time, now that they are finally an approved standard, we thought it was a good time to clear the air on PoE types, classes, and certification, as well as provide a refresher on our specialty—testing.

2018-09-26

Mixed Mindfulness

When it comes to a cabling infrastructure, not all media and applications are always the same. So for each and every link, it’s important to be aware of what you’re testing—from both a media type and application standpoint.

Media Medley

2018-09-19

An Industry of Innovators

Last week at the 2018 BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, TX, two of Fluke Networks’ solutions were chosen by a panel of top-tier cabling and communications systems specifiers, designers, integrators and managers for making groundbreaking contributions to the structured cabling industry.

2018-09-11

The A-B-C’s of Fiber Polarity

Polarity defines direction of flow, such as the direction of a magnetic field or an electrical current. In fiber optics, it's The A-B-C’s of Fiber Polarity

To properly send data via light signals, a fiber optic link’s transmit signal (Tx) at one end of the cable must match the corresponding receiver (Rx) at the other end.

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