Fiber Testing Best Practices

The Fiber Best Practice Series was designed by Fluke Networks to educate about important optical fiber best practices, including:

  • Fiber inspection and cleaning
  • Loss-length (Tier 1) fiber certification
  • Fiber plant characterization and troubleshooting (Tier 2 certification)

With 40G/100G infrastructure deployments in the data center quickly becoming reality, the shrinking loss budgets of optical fiber cabling due to increasing bandwidth demands mean that reliable and efficient initial installations are now more important than ever.

To minimize costly installer/contractor callbacks, network technician troubleshooting time, and unnecessary network downtimes, fiber-handling best practices should always be followed.

The Fiber Testing Best Practice Series was designed by Fluke Networks to educate about important optical fiber testing best practices. To build your foundation for fiber testing best practices, we recommend these three white papers below.

Fiber Inspection and Cleaning

This white paper will help you understand what to look for and when, how to inspect and clean and best practices for installation. While inspecting and cleaning fiber connectors is not new, it is growing in importance as links with increasingly higher data rates are driving decreasingly small loss budgets.

Loss-length (Tier 1) Fiber Certification

By conducting loss-length certification of the cabling infrastructure, you are ensuring that it can support the associated bandwidth demand and network applications according to prescribed specifications.

Fiber Plant Characterization and Troubleshooting (Tier 2 Certification)

In gaining full visibility into the fiber plant's attenuation, insertion loss, and reflectance at connectors, splice locations, and unanticipated loss events, an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) provides valuable insight into a fiber installation that cannot be obtained from an optical loss test set (OLTS). Such an ability to pinpoint events is critical for troubleshooting and rooting out potential cabling component problems in the fiber plant to prevent or minimize costly network downtime.