With the introduction of low loss fiber optic components such as LC/MPO cassettes, loss budgets (test limits) are becoming increasingly smaller. As a result, installers are finding out that previous methods and assumptions about fiber testing no longer hold true.
While the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) still allows 0.75 dB per connector, factory polished connectors are closer to 0.2 dB. So when testing to TIA limits, installers are afforded quite a bit of measurement uncertainty. In other words, their testing practices need to be reasonable but not perfect.
February 8, 2013
As companies try to address the rising demand in IP traffic in order to support a growing array of business applications, many are designing their data centers with fiber optic networks that support 10G or 40G Ethernet connections between servers, switches and storage area networks, and 100G Ethernet for core switching and routing backbone connections.
January 10, 2013
July 19, 2012
What do Albert Einstein and Michael Jordan have in common? No, they’re not both LinkWare users… They focused on continuously learning and pushing the envelope even though they were already far ahead of everybody else. Just like our engineers who worked tirelessly to rebuild LinkWare from the ground up and make the best even better. Improvements include:
June 27, 2012
By now you will have heard about the new OptiFiber Pro OTDR and that’s a relief for me because I’ve been biting my tongue for a while! Now that its been announced, let me share my impressions and an overview of what makes the product unique. I will also include some links to more detailed information. Take this from a guy that has spent five of the last seven years playing with OTDRs… I’ve used them all. And this one is going to change everything!
March 14, 2012
March 7, 2012
Ironically my desire to speed in traffic evaporated when I bought a real sports car. But this story is not about me and my desire to push the limits. It’s about you.
February 25, 2012
Everybody is talking about the cloud. Most of the chatter is about how it is changing the way we interact with data and our electronic devices. But what those of us in the cabling industry want to know about is how the cloud can represent business opportunity.
February 23, 2012
I received my new RCDD certificate, good through the end of 2014, in the mail last week. My reaction was more pensive than the elation I experienced after first passing the exam in 2003.
January 26, 2012
If you’ve seen a set of Category 6A Patch Cord Test Adapters, you may have wondered why the “A” is subscripted. It has to do with the standards that the adapters support. The little “A” denotes that the adapter meets the ISO/IEC specifications for a patch cord test.
January 7, 2012