Let’s check out the AFL Noyes OTDR

Compact M710 OTDRs combine industry leading event analysis (TruEvent Technology) with ease of use (LinkMap), in a rugged, handheld package. Offering both Quad and single-mode models and dynamic range up to 44dB, M710 OTDRs are ideal for testing and troubleshooting LAN/WAN, metro, and long-haul networks.

Here’s a quick look from our YouTube channel.

The M series also has some cool features that are not found with other OTDRs.

The M710 OTDR has a ton of features, for more information visit AFL.

AFL Noyes OTDR M710

AFL Noyes OTDR M710

Customer Testimonial on Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Cable

Pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies cut installation time and cost drastically. Many people unfamiliar with fiber optic cable and termination believe it to be very complex, fragile and expensive. Pre-terminated fiber optic cable offers a fast, simple and reliable solution that also installs in half the time of traditional field terminated systems.

Traditional premise fiber optic cables, hardware, fusion splicing and connection in the field have remained more or less the same over time. Trying to hurry the installation process using these old methods carries a risk that quality and reliability can suffer. As a result, the final deployment can be more costly and slower, and can significantly affect the production environment. Generally speaking, it all becomes more complex and costly than is strictly necessary.

Brian Miller from Miller communications has made purchases for this cable from Discount-Low-Voltage.com and he was nice enough to give us a phone interview about his experience after his installation. Let’s see what he had to say from our YouTube channel.

Fiber cable preterminated is available in a single-mode, 50µm, or 62.5 µm, and loose tube outside plant or flame retardant indoor/outdoor cable carrying from six to 144 fibers and just about any other fiber you can think of. This solution will require slightly more time in the design phase spent in determining and measuring appropriate lengths, spacing and technical requirements. Long term expansion and growth can be easily planned during this time. Time spent early in the design phase results in reduced time spent in the field installation phase.

You can order this cable in any length, with any connectors and any fiber type your application calls out for. Order online or call us at 888-797-3697

Special thanks to Brian Miller from Miller communications. If your looking for phone system and communications work in the pacific northwest call him at (503) 397-3801.

OTDR, What does it do?

Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) and fault locators are used to certify new fiber installations and locate faults in deployed fiber optic networks.

OTDR

OTDRs:

  • Scan and characterize fiber optic networks (from one end of the fiber).
  • Display characterized fiber either as a trace showing optical loss and reflectance vs. distance or as a LinkMap providing an icon-based representation of the fiber sections, splices, connectors and any detected faults (breaks or macro-bends).
  • Provide link summary information (end-to-end length, loss, optical return loss).
  • Provide details for each detected connector, splice or fault including event location, event type, loss and reflectance at event and loss to event.

Let’s get a good look at one of the AFL models from their YouTube channel.

OTDRs and fault locators are available for both multi-mode and single-mode networks including passive optical networks (PONs) supporting a range of performance requirements and budgets.

For more information on selecting the proper OTDR check out the AFL selection guide. Once you have a model selected contact your Authorized AFL Distributor Discount-Low-Voltage.com for pricing and availability.

Use your smart phone to help test Fiber Optic Cable

Two things are happening in the world that have a significant impact on fiber testing—more than 6 billion smartphone users are expected in the next four years and 400 gigabit per second (Gb/s) data center speeds are expected in the next two years.

The two are clearly related because more devices mean more data and the need for higher bandwidth, resulting in an ever increasing number of fiber links in the data center. But how exactly are they related when it comes to testing those links?

As the most widely used interface, it makes complete sense for your smartphone to become an integral part of an overall fiber testing and inspection solution. It’s rapidly becoming a “must have” rather than a “nice to have.” Leveraging your smartphone can make the task of testing fiber links easier, faster and more efficient—and that means more money in your pocket.

the rouge tester

When it comes to using your smartphone for testing, it’s important to have a good app. A powerful and flexible app that is also uncomplicated can go a long way in minimizing testing challenges without the need for additional training. The right combination of a great app and an advanced fiber test platform offers a myriad benefits. You can easily see your assigned testing project and parameters, view and save live test data as it is collected, and recall and share results via email, text or mobile cloud applications. And by syncing results data to the cloud, you no longer have to save it to a USB drive and risk the chance of lost test data or managers waiting for the information.

As fiber technology continues to evolve and network speeds continue to increase to 40 and 100 gigabit and beyond, fiber optic networks are becoming more sophisticated and more complex than ever before. And that means more stringent performance requirements and greater pressure to ensure proper design and installation. While test and inspection may be a small part of your business, it is essential for ensuring that your fiber optic installation will meet the performance requirements for the application it was intended to support.

Let’s check out the product video from AFL.

At a time when extensive and comprehensive fiber testing is a must, doesn’t it make sense to use a device that you already own and are comfortable using—especially if it helps you get the job done faster and more efficiently to save you time and money?

You can order online at Discount-Low-Voltage.com

 

How to test the attenuation of Fiber Optic Cable

I got tired of all the wizards and scientist over explaining every detail when it comes to testing fiber, so I grabbed a light source and power meter out of inventory and made a fiber link with a couple of wall mount boxes so I can easily show you how to do it.

Here’s some words from the manufacture regarding this fiber test kit – The Silicon ZOOM II / Dual OWL 850 Test Kit is ideal for LAN managers and installers who need to do simple attenuation tests on their multimode networks.

The Silicon ZOOM II (Zeroed Output Optical Meter) is an economical fiber optic power meter designed to provide accurate testing of multimode fiber cables at 850nm wavelength. The 4-digit 7-segment LCD display shows power readings with a resolution of 0.01dB, power units in dBm, dB, or uW, and battery power level. The Silicon ZOOM II comes configured with a 2.5mm universal port for connection to SC, ST, and other connector types that have a 2.5mm ferrule.

These are in stock, order it online at Discount-Low-Voltage.com

How and why to keep Fiber Optic Connectors clean

When dealing with fiber optic networks, it is important to know that cleaning is a key factor to keep dirt and contamination from blocking the critical light path on a fiber. Dirt and contaminates contribute to 50-80% of all fiber issues, causing networks to start dropping packets or go down all together. Keeping your connections clean keeps your network running as well as:

  • Ensure connector integrity – crucial for reliable network performance
  • Extends the life of connectors – dirt causes connector damage
  • Minimizes troubleshooting network issues – cleaning eliminates a majority of connection issues

Let’s check out a couple of easy to use products by AFL from our YouTube channel.

You can order many different cleaning products and kits online at Discount-Low-Voltage.com

Cleaning Kit for Fiber Optic Connectors

FCP2 Cleaning Kits from AFL offer a complete selection of fiber optic cleaning products for field cleaning of connector end faces in a convenient duffle bag style carry case. The Basic Cleaning Kit includes FCC2 cleaning fluid, One-Clicks for SC, ST, FC, LC and MU connectors, FiberWipes, and a Cletop SB. The carry case has room to add additional cleaning supplies, inspection scope, or test equipment.

Let’s take a look at it from our YouTube Channel.

Cleaning Facts:

  • Cleaning Saves Time and Money!
  • Dirty connectors cause a major percentage of fiber optic network failures.
  • Prevention is simple – Clean Connectors!
  • Proper cleaning saves money – by eliminating service calls caused by dirty connectors
  • Proper cleaning extends the life of connects and reduces replacement costs
  • Clean connectors maximize the performance of the network and reduce repair cost

For more information on this AFL cleaning kit and to order online visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com

Why do you need a Spiral Vibration Damper

To fight against Aeolian Vibration! It’s a high frequency, low amplitude vibration caused by horizontal wind passing across your line. When cables are exposed to this wind, a phenomenon known as vortex shedding creates alternating pressure unbalance, inducing cable and guy wire to move up and down at right angles to the direction of air flow. These vibrations take the form of discrete standing waves that can cause support hardware breakdown, guy wire fatigue, abrasion and eventually guy wire failure. The Spiral Vibration Damper is made of a solid thermal plastic that has been subjected to hundreds of field vibration studies. It is non-corrosive, effective in a broad range of frequencies and has no concentrated mass or clamping pressure that could damage guy wires.

Here’s a great look at the Spiral Vibration Damper from our YouTube channel.

Here’s a few examples of the wind causing problems on the lines.

If you want to dive into vibration isolation check out an open course from MIT.

A spiral vibration damper is just a small piece to your aerial fiber optic cable installation and is a must for a proper installation.

Overview of ADSS Pole Attachment Hardware for Fiber Optic Cable

Today let’s take a quick look at the Mini Bracket from our YouTube Channel.

Mini Brackets are used for short and medium spans of ADSS fiber optic cable as well as Aerial Drop cables. Mini Brackets are sized to fit specific ADSS diameters. Standard Mini Brackets are employed with fitted bushings to provide a good support/groove fit and to prevent the support from damaging the cable. The bolted supports are supplied with aluminum captive bolts to simplify installation with no loose parts.

For more information on this item you might want to check it out on the site. Thanks!

Dual Rate Multimode and Singlemode SFP fiber optic converter

Check this out, these have a built in 10/100/1000 switch that enables the fiber optic cable connection to operate at 1000 Mbps connected to either a 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, or a 1000BaseT network, while remaining completely 1000BaseSX/LX or 100BaseFX/BX standard-compliant for the fiber optic connection. You can also operate your fiber optic connection in full duplex mode whether the RJ-45 port is connected to a full duplex switch or a half duplex legacy hub!

Let’s check out a quick video on this cool media converter!

Here are some of the key features:

– Dual Rate 1000Base or 100Base SFP capability for maximum flexibility in legacy networks

– 802.3 10 BaseT, 802.3u 100BaseTX, 802.3ab 1000BaseT, 802.3z 1000BaseSX/LX

– Extremely low latency (<1.6 us, FIFO, worst case) supports larger multi-hop networks

– Extremely high reliability; MTBF of 1,857,775.35 hours (212.07 years)

– Gigabit transmission supports 9K bytes jumbo frames

– Supports 802.3x Flow controls: Flow control for full duplex and back pressure for half duplex

– Auto-Negotiation, Auto-MDI/MDIX

– DIP switch configuration for Link Fault Signaling and SFP 100Base or 1000Base modes

– Full wire-speed forwarding rate

– Packed with-speed forwarding rate

– Packed with 12VDC external universal power supply

Now that you have a better feel for this converter and if you need to connect carrier-based networks by converting SX Multimode distribution fiber to LX Singlemode fiber or LX Singlemode to LX Singlemode fiber you now can! The SFP modules that are available from Signamax are Two-Strand Gigabit, Single-strand Bi-Directional WDM, 10G XFP, SONET OC-3 and all kinds of other modules are available.

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