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Cabling Chronicles

2016-03-31

The performance of an installed optical fiber link hinges on the condition of the connector end faces. Test suppliers have been pushing end face inspection for good reason – most service calls are due to problems with connectors. Standards bodies are busy making improvements to their documents on visual inspection. This work is being done in subcommittee 25 working group 3, the working group responsible for developing standards for customer premises cabling. Recent developments on end face inspection is the topic of this blog.

2016-03-24

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.

Let’s take a look at the #2 and #3 Dumb Things that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— Neglecting to agree upon marginal test results upfront in writing and failing to specify all test parameters to be tested.

2016-03-10

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.

Let’s take a look at the #8 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— Using BIMMF (Bend Insensitive Multimode Fiber) test cords and a common mandrel.

2016-03-03

ISO/IEC 11801, Information technology – Generic Cabling for Customer Premises is being overhauled. The last version, edition 2.2 was published in 2011. In that version ISO/IEC 11801 was one all-inclusive document. Since then, because of its size, the standard has been divided into six parts:

2016-02-25

How we communicate and share information today is all done via networks, and every day our world becomes more connected. The Internet of Things (IoT) is placing more IP-based devices on the network than ever before--from digital displays and LED lighting, to security apparatus and building automation systems.

2016-02-16

Certifying a cabling installation doesn't mean anything without the burden of proof. Documenting the results is the only real way to ensure installation accountability and integrity, resolve disputes and facilitate more efficient troubleshooting.

2016-02-09

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.

Let’s take a look at the #1 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— Specifying channel testing when installing permanent links.

2016-02-01

To maximize return on investment, your test equipment moves from jobsite to jobsite. At any given moment, several of your skilled technicians can be testing and certifying network cabling with multiple testers for multiple concurrent projects in multiple areas—a real recipe for mixing up and misplacing test equipment.

2016-01-25

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.

Let’s take a look at the #5 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems—forgetting to enable plot data

2016-01-21

Unlike required Tier 1 testing for attenuation (insertion loss), length and polarity that can be achieved with an optical loss test set (OLTs), few technicians in the field find themselves faced with Tier 2 testing and the need for an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

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