This also means, of course, that more fiber is being installed than ever before. While there appears to be an infinite demand for bandwidth, there is definitely a limit in available space to deploy optical fiber. In fact, rollable ribbon technology is one of the most exciting developments in outside plant cabling technology in years. Rollable ribbons originated, and were first used, in Japan.
Important Considerations in Fiber Optic Installation Fiber optics offers major advantages for communications systems including security, distance and bandwidth.
Proper application of fiber optic technology will lead to highly reliable systems. That means the user must install an appropriate cable plant and test every component, all following appropriate industry standards.
This guide is designed to provide to those directly involved in planning and installing the fiber optic network the information necessary to ensure proper installation and usage of fiber optic systems. Every project needs "paperwork" to define the project for both the user and the contractor.
See the FOA page on Paperwork for a rundown of the important documents and what they mean. This list only concerns itself with the project steps unique to fiber optic systems, but many OSP applications require obtaining permits, easements or rights-of-way.
That is beyond the scope of this document! Do a complete design before beginning cable plant installation. Establish criteria for the install, based on the communications paths required b. Plot the cable route and determine cable lengths e. Show how installed premises, buried, conduit, innerduct, underwater, pole locations for aerial, etc.
Mark termination and splice points g. Attach data from link loss budget and use it as a guide for testing h. At the same time, design the facilities for the communications equipment, including locations, allowing for adequate spaces, power and grounding and HVAC as needed k.
Make complete lists of what components and hardware are needed and where they are to be used 4. Work with vendors on component specs to get best quality and price. Vendors usually have suggestions on components like cables or hardware that can facilitate design and implementation, but always get several opinions and compare their suggestions to what you understand you need.
Consider options like pre-terminated cables or air-blown fiber for short indoor cable runs c. Remember to plan for purchasing overages on components to cover extra cable for restoration or extra connectors necessary due to yields in termination d.
Be careful of industry or manufacturer "jargon" as not everyone uses the same term in fiber optics e. Once you have a design and component pricing, you can do a complete project cost estimate. Have all components available before beginning installation so crews may complete the installation promptly and properly.
Inventory everything received b. Check for shipping damage c. Store in a safe, dry place until used d.
Separate as needed for each work site e. While at the job site, consider using guards if components are left onsite overnight 4. Use only trained, qualified installers, preferably FOA-certified.
Installing fiber optics is not difficult, but has special issues familiar to those with experience b. Make sure the installers are experienced in the type of installation you are planning, as installers often specialize in aerial, underwater, or even singlemode installation c.
Review the design with the installer to familiarize them with the job and see if they have advice on how to make it easier or better but use your judgement regarding any changes suggested. Review safety issues and establish rules for the installation.
All installers and supervisors should be briefed on safety rules b. Ensure that you have copies of the documentation regarding your contractors bonding, insurance, workers compensation, OSHA certificates etc.
Install the cable plant. NECASection 5.
Watch for proper handling to prevent cable damage, especially cable tension and bend radius c. Remember OTDR testing is optional, but every link requires insertion loss testing with a meter and source. NECASection 6.
All splices and terminations should be placed in appropriate hardware for protection h. Remember to clean all connectors properly and keep dust caps on all connectors i. Carefully mark all cables and connections for identification in a manner consistent with the company documentation processes.
Dust caps from the connectors and couplings terminated in the enclosure belong to that enclosure and should be put in a small plastic bag and taped inside the cabinet for future use. Test and troubleshoot the cable plant.Data Installers Inc. is an IT infrastructure design, A/V, security, and network cabling installation Company.
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