Splice-and-terminate to reduce improper loop communication

A fiber loop is your communications backbone for multiple remote terminal equipment (RTE) through a building, and the equipment furthest out on the loop is sending improper or no communications back to the host.

Derrick Stoutamire, Scientech Inc.

problem

A fiber loop is your communications backbone for multiple remote terminal equipment (RTE) through a building, and the equipment furthest out on the loop is sending improper or no communications back to the host.

solution

A splice-and-terminate of the RTE procedure will cut down communication "distance factors" while still keeping a consistent signal flow.

procedure

  1. At the beginning of the loop, splice through the RTE closest to the host and terminate at the next RTE in range.
  2. From the terminated RTE, splice through its closest RTE and terminate at the next one in range.
  3. Follow this procedure until you get to the furthest RTE in the loop.
  4. From the furthest RTE, use a spare strand in the trunk to send communications to the preceding RTE you spliced through.
  5. Follow this procedure back toward the host to terminate the remaining RTEs that were spliced through, with the RTE closest to the host looping back communications to the host.

Derrick Stoutamire is a senior fiber-optics technician with Scientech Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).

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