Fiber Optic Network Upgrade Tips


tadalafil serif;”>During a recession, end users may be more inclined to upgrade their existing networks rather than install a new infrastructure. Network upgrades can be very simple or very complex, depending on the type of upgrade projects you take on.

Here are some useful things to keep in mind as you perform a network upgrade:

  • Many IT managers perceive that switching from copper to fiber must be done all at once. Explain that it can be done in stages, as budgets allow, using media converters.
  • When possible, choose “auto-negotiation” media converters that will automatically negotiate speed and compatibility.
  • When looking for system bottlenecks in a legacy system, good places to begin are those areas where many sections converge at servers or routers.
  • Sometimes an existing infrastructure has adequate speed and capacity but there aren’t enough ports to connect new users or equipment. A simple upgrade is to replace existing Ethernet wall outlets with 4-port Fast Ethernet switched outlets.
  • PC’s in older legacy systems may negate some of the performance improvements of an upgraded system. Ask your client to consider new computers as part of the upgrade.
  • Rule of thumb – Increasing network bandwidth also increases speed. A network that is running Ethernet 10-Mbps will operate 10 times faster when upgraded to Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps).

Know the Dangers of Feeding Your Optical Node with too High of a Light Level

First thing I have to mention here is “BE CAREFUL!” optical equipment can be very expensive and not knowing what you are doing can lead to damage and or a hefty bill if replacement parts are needed. Second, know what you’re dealing with. In most cases you will end up needed to use a fiber optic attenuator, but read up on it, or call the Manufacturer for specifications and technical support. Other than possible damage to your equipment you could cause noise within the signal, and that will not allow you to produce the best signal possible.

The solution is to test and know your signal strength, and use a fiber optic attenuator to adjust the signal strength. Here is how you do it. Simply measure the power of the signal being received, then subtract the maximum input power of the active equipment from the measured power of the signal. This formula will let you determine the amount of attenuation needed.

When it comes to getting a fiber optic attenuator you have several options. Before you go shopping for one be sure you know at what level you want to attenuate your signal and then choose what type will work best for you. Attenuators are available in either fixed or variable levels of attenuation, and as pigtailed devices, bulkhead adapters, or male-to-female hybrids. Taking the time to choose the right one cans save you big time.

If you have any more questions about Fiber Optic Network upgrades contact the experts at Motion Micro Systems.

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