IDEAL Networks offers guidance for Tier-1 and Tier-2 fibre optic testing


Author : Molokini

To help cable installers and maintenance technicians select the correct fibre optic testing equipment, IDEAL Networkshas published a new, free White Paper which offers guidance on the different tiers for certifying fibre optic cabling.

“Unlike copper cabling, there are two tiers available when certifying fibre optic cabling and these dictate which type of tests must be performed, and therefore which testers should be used,” says Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager for IDEAL Networks.

“To remove confusion around which type of test should be used, and whether performing Tier-2 certification also meets the requirements of Tier-1 certification, the White Paper clarifies the different requirements in detail as well as looking at the advantages of different testers and how they work,” continues Dan.

Tier-1 certification is a measurement of the total insertion loss (or attenuation) of cabling from one end of the link to the other and either uses an optical power meter and optical light source (PM/LS) or an optical loss test set (OLTS) for testing.  Tier-2 certification provides loss information about each component of the link and uses an OTDR (optical time domain reflectometer) to perform certification, providing a useful graphical representation of each connection, splice and cable segment in the link and their performance.

When certification is required, it is good practice to perform a Tier-1 test, and optionally conduct a Tier-2 test.  Although an OTDR can show the total link loss like an OLTS does, Tier-2 certification cannot replace Tier-1 certification as there is a subtle distinction between the total link loss reported by the two devices.  

An OLTS, such as the IDEAL Networks OC ITier-1 fibre cable certifier, measures the true optical loss of the link which makes it the most accurate way to determine end to end loss of a link and a requirement for Tier-1 certification.  However, an OTDR, like OTDR IIfrom IDEAL Networks, characterises the link under test and can offer additional advantages, such as advanced troubleshooting for faster repairs.

“Ultimately the required testing is an agreement between the cabling contractor and their customer,” says Dan.  “However, in order to provide customer satisfaction, it is essential that fibre optic installers understand the different tiers and therefore which certification reports will provide the necessary assurance.”

To learn more, installers and technicians can download the full White Paper ‘Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 Fiber Optic Certification’, here: https://www.idealnetworks.net/UK/EN/Education.aspx

Latest Client News

Hyster® Shows 6-16T Lift...

01/01/1970

On 21st September delegates from the wood, steel, construction and logistics industries visited Weeze in Germany for the Hyster Europe Big Solutions Showcase 2017

Career progression...

//21/09/2017

Driver CPC Periodic Training is frequently overlooked as a tool for progressing the careers of professional LGV drivers, says RTITB, the largest Driver CPC Consortium in the UK and Ireland.

Hyster® Develops 48 Tonne...

//19/09/2017

Hyster Europe has revealed more details about its zero-emission, high-capacity, electric trucks, announcing that a 48-tonne capacity Hyster® laden container handling truck powered by electric motors is being developed.

Cargo Incident Notification...

//

The Bureau International des Containers (BIC) is pleased to announce that the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) has won the 2017 BIC Award. Presented annually, the award honors an individual or organization for notable contributions to safety, security, standardization, or sustainability in containerized transportation.  

Hyster Lowers Handling Costs...

09/04/2017

In 2015, collection and recycling in Europe increased by almost one million tonnes of paper in just 5 years

7 reasons to have qualified...

//04/09/2017
Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. Laura Nelson of RTITB explains some of the benefits of in-house instructors. 
 

Latest Molokini News

Maersk joins BoxTech...

01/01/1970

Global container shipping company Maersk Line has uploaded the technical details of its entire container fleet to BoxTech, the fast-growing database provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC).  Following the upload, the BoxTech database now holds details of more than 7.5 million shipping containers, approximately 30% of the global container fleet.

The Crucial Role Social Media...

//18/07/2017

By nature, luxury brands create a distance between the brand and their customers, generating the elusive aura and scarcity that rationalises the price tag.  So, though it’s all too easy to assume that the luxury brand persona doesn’t exactly mesh with social media, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Here are just a few ways that luxury brands can benefit from an active social media presence...

Molokini promotes Talent in...

01/01/1970

Molokini Marketing is the lead marketing agency promoting the 2017 Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards. 

Cox Powertrain Launches New...

01/01/1970

This new site will be the primary source of information, events and resources related to the CXO300; the most powerful, professional commercial diesel engine ever developed.

Full-Time Web Developer in...

01/01/1970

With expansion on the horizon, we’re hoping to find someone who can start at 9:00am tomorrow… alternatively, sending in an application by the 1st of September would also be acceptable.

Designing Websites for...

01/01/1970

Harnessing the power of a website for any organisation is crucial, even for businesses that may consider themselves as primarily offline. Manufacturers, construction firms, engineers, transporters or other industrial businesses often measure success by their ability to build offline relationships – but the web plays a huge part in developing those face-to-face relations.