13 Steps to Become a Fiber Optic Network Expert
Fiber optic networks are considered the most effective data transfer method. Fiber optic network installation technicians are in great demand worldwide. We introduce a number of articles that explain in detail what optical fiber is, specify its types, show how to install and splice it correctly, how to maintain and test it, and describe tools and equipment you need for that. Thanks to these articles, you will get theoretical knowledge and practical tips about fiber optic networks and make first steps towards this interesting and challenging business.
The first article in a series is devoted to the types of fiber optic cables. What is a fiber optic cable? We will discuss the cable types and its components.Read more
For optical fiber stripping, as well as for splicing, a number of specific tools are needed: strippers, screwdrivers, side cutters, scissors for Kevlar, as well as a pump or bottle for alcohol.Read more
There are many designs for fiber optic splice closures. The most widespread and most often used design has a dome-like container from which cable bushing sleeves are sticking out.Read more
Arc fusion splicer is one of the most costly and complex fiber optic installation tools. This is a smart device, which performs the entire process of fiber alignment and splicing.Read more
Fiber network installation requires recording and analyzing the OTDR trace. OTDR trace is a .sor, .trc, or other format file containing a graph with the data about the measured duct.Read more
The next part of the article concerning OTDR trace recording and analysis. Let us consider in detail measuring kilometric attenuation by a reflectometer.Read more