Maximizing productivity in today's fast-paced workplace is essential. Whether installing new fiber links or troubleshooting an existing network, the faster you can locate a problem, the faster you can fix it. That's easier said than done when you are faced with a complex network of fibers, connectors and patch cords.
So your customer has decided to deploy HDBaseT for ultra high definition video displays and digital signage. If you're already experienced in deploying a copper cabling infrastructure for IP-based Ethernet applications like voice and data, you have little to worry about.
But it's still important to know the basics and best practices required for HDBaseT performance and error-free video transmission, and what's required when it comes to testing.
When it comes to testing a cabling installation, there are essentially three choices--verification, qualification and certification.
While some features overlap between test tools as you move up the hierarchical ladder from verification to certification, each type of testing answers one of the following questions to help you make the right choice.
Over the past decade, we have seen significant advancements in the capabilities of fiber optic cabling--from expanded distances to speeds reaching 40 and 100 Gig.
While fiber loss requirements are getting tighter, efforts are also underway to increase fiber bandwidth carrying capacity with reduced fiber counts--all while following the roadmap to 400 Gig.
The Count Down
While the smart people who install, test and certify network cabling plants know the importance of meeting standards performance parameters and ensuring application support, even the best of us can make mistakes that adversely impact the bottom line and customer satisfaction.
With the need for increased speed and power over Ethernet (PoE) being addressed within IEEE standards, work within TIA must follow suit as the two standards bodies work hand in hand to ensure that the applications put forth by IEEE can be adequately supported by the cabling infrastructure.
Let's take a look at some of the recent and most significant standards activity within the Subcommittee and how they relate to standards development happening within IEEE.
We repeatedly try to drive home the need to keep your tester up to date with the latest firmware, and for good reason. Not only do we want to make sure you don't miss out on the latest features that can help you test faster and more accurately, but as standards change, so must your tester.
Bi-directional testing of fiber links for Tier 2 (OTDR) testing is not only required by industry standards and most manufacturers for warranty, it's also the only way to know the actual overall loss for a link. That's because measuring the loss of fiber connectors and splices, as well as overall link loss, depends on the test direction. Testing a fiber link in one direction can give you different results then testing the same fiber link in the opposite direction.