3 pre-emptive steps to futureproofing fiber trunks
The second report in Fluke Networks' "Fiber Truths" series explains how to get the most out of preterminated MPO/MTP fiber cabling systems.
After explaining to the industry that yes, there is in fact a need to test preterminated fiber cabling systems in the field, Fluke Networks has moved on to the second part (of a planned eight-part series) in its Fiber Truths campaign.
Part 2 from the test-equipment manufacturer addresses the ability to "futureproof" a network through the use of preterminated fiber-optic trunks. It explains: "New topologies employing preterminated trunks coupled with fiber cassettes provide a robust futureproofed cabling infrastructure that is ready for easy upgrades to 10G, 40G and 100G application speeds."
However, Fluke Networks adds, "True futureproofing can only occur if pre-emptive steps are taken during the initial installation as well as any time the links are disconnected." The report lists the following three pre-emptive steps that should be taken to ensure users maximize the "futureproof" capabilities of preterminated trunks.
- Visually inspect each fiber endface.
- Certify thath the overall optical loss meets or exceeds standard requirements.
- Certify the optical reflection loss of each individual connection.
The report goes into detail about the steps and tools that should be used to accomplish these three pre-emptive steps.