The Connection Newsletter - April 2021
Environmental Stressors Are Real Choose the Right Fiber Optic Cable for the Job
There are cables designed for every environment. One might argue there are too many options and that deciding between designs is not simple. Choosing a cable not only requires fiber type and count, but also confirming that the cable will last for the expected lifetime of the application.
Cables need to resist mechanical and environmental stresses both during the installation and where the cable is finally placed. Since installation is a significant portion of the overall cost of a cabling system, selecting the right cable will mitigate expensive replacement costs.
From the beginning of a project, specifying the correct industry cable standard is critical to ensure the cable performance meets the demand of the application. Standards address the majority of use cases but in certain environments like mining or oil and gas applications, additional requirements for...
Choose the Right Fiber Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tools
When your fiber network encounters an unexpected performance issue, often the first instinct is to replace a connector, jumper, or trunk in a haphazard way to restore service. While this may initially seem to be the fastest method, oftentimes it may be more costly and potentially more disruptive. Some may compare this to an inexperienced auto mechanic randomly installing parts in your car in an attempt to resolve a concern without proper diagnostic tools, all at your added expense. Like the auto analogy, when it comes to fiber networks, having the right tools and knowledge of what to look for can quickly identify the issue and allow you to properly correct or address the problem the right way, likely with less material and labor costs.
The Futures Bright, Fiber Optic Bright!
Back in the early 00’s when I was installing 3G networks in the UK, I can remember buying and using for the first time a Motorola H3G cell phone and making a ‘video call’ from my kitchen to a colleague, some years before ‘facetime’ became a household phrase. It was not 100% reliable, obviously beckoning for the promised future 4G LTE, but we as users were not really ready for this leap in technology. With the new ‘awkwardness’ feeling of a video call, I don’t think I used it to make another video call again after that. Let’s leave that still to science fiction.
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Instructor - Phil Shoemaker
Phil has been a member of our training team since 2000. Within the field of fiber optics, he has designed, installed, and maintained fiber optic, voice, and data communications networks and has worked with troubleshooting and emergency restorations. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology and is certified as an ETA Installer/Administrator, NARTE Technician Class III, FOA CFOT, and CFOS/I, IMSA Fiber Optics for ITS Level 1 and FCC GROL Certification.
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