Clean Cords are Reliable Cords

Or, what a minor obsession with reliability looks like.


Fluke Networks is 25 Years Old This Month!

Twenty five years ago this month, a highly animated character popped into my cubicle at Fluke.He had a mandate:find a new business opportunity for Fluke within 100 days.To assist this effort, he also had $100,000 and the authority to employ anyone in the company in the crazy scheme.For some reason, he wanted me, and for some other reason, I couldn’t resist his proposition.


Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips from the Experts

Let’s face it.Spring cleaning stinks.I mean, does anyone actually enjoy cleaning?I don’t know about you, but I certainly am not counting down my winter days until I can scrub the house top to bottom only to have it quickly soiled by muddy feet and paws, beach sand, cut grass and whatever else wanders in with the warmer weather.

But dirt happens.And while cleaning may not be a barrel of fun, there is always some sense of satisfaction when it’s done and everything is looking its best. 


Where and Why Will I Be Testing Category 8?

By now you probably know that Category 8 cabling was approved by the TIA TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Subcommittee, and maybe you've even heard that Fluke Networks introduced the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer, the first field tester independently verified and endorsed to meet all of the requirements for the Cat 8 field testing standard.


101 Series:Understanding Copper Cabling’s Balancing Act

 You have likely heard copper network cabling referred to as balanced twisted-pair copper cabling, and maybe you’ve heard of the testing parameter referred to as DC resistance unbalance.But what does all this balance-related terminology really mean, and why should you care?

It’s All About Balance


What’s the Deal with OM5?

Guest Posting from Corning Optical Communications

OM5, previously known as wide band multimode fiber or WB MMF, has been quite the hot-button topic as the standards have been widely debated and are now finally concrete.

So what is OM5 exactly?Most simply, it’s a version of the OM4 fiber with additional bandwidth characterization at 953 nm.


To bend or not to bend, that is the question*…

Lately, I have been getting questions about why bend insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF) can’t be used in test cords.The argument is that non-BIMMF (e.g., “traditional” fiber) is becoming more difficult to procure and installers need the flexibility to buy something off the shelf.Additionally, requests are being made to change one IEC testing standard to not mandate the use of non-BIMMF in test cords.Let’s examine this closer and explore the consequences.


What does this button do?

No, not what Deedee would ask Dexter in his lab, what does that button do on the bottom of the FI-1000 video inspection camera?It turns out it has a really helpful function that I want to share with you here.


ファイバー:Not Just for the Backbone Anymore

In recent years, passive optical LANs have gained significant popularity as an alternative to horizontal copper structured cabling in a variety of enterprise spaces.

The technology brings fiber out of the riser backbone and data center, and with that comes the need for fiber technicians to test these systems out in the horizontal space.

Let’s take a closer look at these passive optical deployments.

How Do They Work?



先週のブログでは、40 Gig デュプレックス・マルチモード・アプリケーションについて取り上げました。これは今日のデータ・センターがスイッチ間の光ファイバー・リンクをコスト効率よく広帯域化するための数多くある方法の 1 つです。実際に本当に多くの方法があります。


40 Gig デュプレックス・マルチモジュール・アプリケーションについて


波長分割多重方式 (WDM) をサポートするために、840~953 ナノメーター波長を規定する OM5 ワイドバンド・マルチモード・ファイバー (WBMMF) が業界規格で認められたため、デュプレックス・マルチモード・ファイバーを使用した 40 Gig イーサネットを実現するソリューションが何かと話題になっています。


MPO コネクター付きのケーブルのテスト - 最新情報

光ファイバー・ケーブリングに関連する多様な規格が存在しているにもかかわらず、MPO コネクターで成端された光ファイバー・ケーブリングの試験用の規格が発表されていないことに驚かれる方もいることでしょう。当筆者により、このようなテスト・ガイダンスが提供されるテクニカル・レポート(TR)が 2017 年 6 月についに発表される予定です。このガイダンスを TR/IEC 61282-15 と呼びます。テクニカル・レポートは、特定のトピックについてガイダンスを提供するものの、国際規格や ANSI/TIA 規格などのように要件を示してくれません。


話題の LP とは?


最近話題の PoE(パワー・オーバー・イーサネット)向けの LP 認証ケーブルを耳にし、自社の PoE 環境にこのケーブルが必要化どうか知りたいと思っていませんか?この新しい UL 認証規格、2017 National Electric Code(米国電気工事規程)との関係、策定された理由、そしてテストしなければならない理由について詳しく見ていきましょう。



101 Series:Getting the Picture on Delay Skew

You may have heard that propagation delay and delay skew parameters are important for IPTV, surveillance and video conferencing, and many vendors may tout delay skew performance for these video applications.

But do you know why these parameters are important for video applications?As part of our Cable Testing 101 series, we thought you might want to know more.



Wolfenstein 3D のゲームが大人気だった頃、当社は BICSI カンファレンスで Cat 5 リンクにノイズを引き起こすことで障害を発生させる試みを行いました。私たちは、蛍光灯安定器、大きな電動機、エンジンのかかった車の点火コイルの近くにケーブルを配置するなど、さまざまなやってはいけないことを試しましたが、それでもリンクはエラーフリー同然の 100BASE-TX パフォーマンスを提供しました。当時、ほとんどのケーブル敷設環境では、遮蔽付きのケーブルの利点はそれほどないように思われていました。


#ICYMI:Highlights from 2017 BICSI Winter


The 2017 BICSI Winter Conference wrapped up last week in Tampa where thousands of ICT professional from around the world had a chance to gain valuable industry knowledge and check out the latest products from nearly 180 vendors in the exhibit hall – including our new DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer.


The Road to a Category 8 Tester

On January 23, we announced the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer™, the first true Category 8 tester. You may be wondering what is required for a “true” Category 8 certification tester and why we launched it now.


Wire Map Testing:It’s Not All About Color

A wire map test may seem like the most basic test for copper network cabling and therefore one of the least important, but it is actually one of the most critical.And while the pair colors of blue, orange, green and brown might help you pass wire map testing, the test itself really doesn’t care about color at all.



CCA:Not Worth the Savings or the Risk


So you came across some Category 6 cable available online for practically half what you've been paying for that brand name.It claims TIA-568-C compliance, includes the UL listing mark and even has a ETL verification legend printed right on the cable.Before you get too excited, you might want to make sure that cable isn't made with copper clad aluminum (CCA).


Twisted Pair Cabling Measurements – New Poster from Fluke Networks


Goodbye 2016.You Weren’t ALL Bad


All over the news and social media, 2016 has gotten a pretty bum rap.

With everything from shootings, terrorist attacks and the weirdest presidential election in history, to exploding cell phones, scary clown threats and numerous celebrity deaths, 2016 has been denoted as the worst year ever.


The Smart Choice for Any Environment

The only way to get correct values when performing Tier 2 testing of duplex fiber links with an OTDR is via bidirectional testing that averages the measurements taken from both ends of the link.

Bidirectional testing used to involve testing the fiber from one end, walking the OTDR to the other end to test again and then averaging the two values to get the results—and it had to be done for each link.


Happy Holidays from All of Us at Fluke Networks!

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the LAN, 
the channels were tested except for the SAN.
MPOs easy with MultiFiber™ Pro,
gave me hope I'd be done before fallen snow.
With SmartLoop letting me to test from one end,
I knew that I'd soon start my weekend.


2017 年はテスターにとって試金石となる年です。



言うまでもなく、モノのインターネット(IoT)はこれからもすべてのネットワーク配線において最も重要な要因になります。LAN のメタル線ツイストペア・ネットワーク・ケーブルには今まで以上に多くのデバイスが接続されます。また、より多くのデータにアクセスし、送信、保存する必要性に迫られる企業が増えるなか、データセンターの高速光ファイバー・リンクに対する需要は拡大していきます。


That Jacket Isn’t Waterproof – adventures in troubleshooting installed cable with the DSX-5000

It felt like a Monday morning when the call, actually an e-mail, came in.“I think my DSX is broken!”As you know, they are really tough machines and, when it looks like the Fluke is wrong, usually it isn’t.

“What makes you think it is broken?”I asked, “How does this failure manifest itself?”

“The tester is failing links that used to pass.”


損失測定の不確定性 - 改定

光損失測定セット (OLTS) を使用して損失測定を行い、その結果、合格になった場合、マージンが示されますが、その場合、どの程度のマージンが許容されるのだろうか、ということついて考えたことはおありでしょうか。


Much to be Thankful for

There is much to be thankful for in our industry these days as market growth continues to be fueled by the IoT and big data driving the need for LAN and data center upgrades.


Bi-Direction Testing with an OTDR



Cable Testing 101:How to Read the Details of Your LinkWare™ PC Report

In our last 101 Series Blog, we took at closer look at everything in blue at the top of your LinkWare Report.But what if your customer wants you to explain the detail and those pretty charts to the right?

Let's dive deeper so you're prepared for that possibility.


Cable Testing 101:What's at the Top of Your LinkWare Report?

So you used your DSX-5000 to test some recently installed copper network runs for your customer.You can easily see on your tester if the link failed or passed for the application you were testing, but now your customer wants a customized report showing the detail. 


Beware of Ghosts and Dead Zones!

It’s that time of year again with a chill in the air, falling leaves and all things spooky.

In the spirit of Halloween, we thought it apropos to take a look at two of the most confusing (and perhaps scariest) OTDR events--ghosts and dead zones.

When You See What Doesn't Exist


Wide Band Multimode Fiber – an Update

Recently, there has been some buzz about Wide Band Multimode Fiber (WBMMF).The 2016 edition of document TIA-492AAAE, released on June 1, is available.This document/standard is the detailed specification for 50 μm graded index multimode optical fiber with laser optimized bandwidth characteristics specified for wavelength division multiplexing.So, from an installed cabling testing perspective, what is the difference between WBMMF and other multimode fiber and how should you test it in the field?


Cable Testing 101:There's No Gain with "Gainers"

Akin to water flowing from a small pipe into a large pipe, gainers are essentially perceived increases in optical power that occur at splice points due to variations in fiber characteristics, including core diameter, numerical apertures, mode field diameters and backscatter coefficients.


A Closer Look at 8-Fiber MPO Solutions

The use of plug-and-play 12-fiber MPO solutions for multimode fiber backbones in the data center has been popular for several years, starting with 10 Gigabit Ethernet where 12-fiber MPO assemblies connect MPO-to-LC cassettes or modules that transition the 12-fiber MPO connections to 6 duplex LC connections.


Shed Light On Your High Density Fiber Inspections


Over the past decade, the amount of fiber in the data center has increased significantly due to the need for higher bandwidth between switches and the ever increasing amount of equipment requiring fiber uplinks to storage area networks (SANs), not to mention the demand for maximum availability that calls for redundant primary and secondary fiber network connections to every piece of equipment.


Category 8 Approved.今後の展開。」を参照してください。


TIA TR-42.7 メタル配線分科委員会は最近、現在開発中の IEEE 25GBASE-T および 40GBASE-T のアプリケーションをサポートするための最新のツイストペア・カッパー・システム、カテゴリ 8 配線(TIA 568 C.2-1)の仕様を承認しました。

With all the buzz surrounding Category 8, you and your customers might be wondering how exactly it will impact the deployment and testing of cabling infrastructures.

Let's take a closer look at where it will be deployed and some of the key characteristics that impact installation and testing.


Cable Testing 101:Crosstalk Near and Far


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If you're at all familiar with copper cable, you've probably heard about crosstalk--the phenomenon by which a signal transmitted on one pair or one channel creates an undesired affect on another pair or channel.


Just Now Upgrading to 10 Gig

Just Now Upgrading to 10 Gig?We Didn't Forget About You

While upgrading backbone cable plants in the LAN to support 10 Gig has been going on for several years since the release of the 10GBASE-SR standard for fiber, many enterprise businesses did not previously require these types of speeds, until now.


NBASE-T Alliance Releases Guidelines for Evaluating Your Cable Plant’s Readiness for NBASE-T


Set up Gotchas

Getting the right setup to ensure the best test results with your DSX-5000

If you turn up to a new installation with your new DSX-5000 then it might be up to you to ensure the DSX-5000 is set up correctly.So what do you have to do?

Well, if it’s brand new out of the box, then you need to do a basic set up.But, with every new project there may need to be changes if you make installations tests in other countries or time zones with different requirements for date or time differences, or different formats for them or numbers.


Cable Testing 101:Insertion Loss Matters for Fiber and Copper

I The amount of energy that a signal loses as it travels along a cable link used to be referred to as attenuation--the verb attenuate being defined by Merriam Webster as "to reduce the force, effect or value of something."


I can’t see the end of my fiber that has an APC connector attached when I do an OTDR test, so how can measure the loss in the APC connector and the whole link?

This question often gets asked in my classes at the same time as when talking about launch methods using launch and tail fibers.So let’s talk about launch fiber compensation.


POH:The Power Behind HDBaseT

 Last month we posted a blog about HDBaseT that explained the application and how testing isn't really any different since standards-based Category 5e, 5 or 6A will support it.But maybe you've also heard about power over HDBaseT, or POH, and you're wondering how that differs from power over Ethernet (PoE).

A Little Bit More


Cable Testing 101:Mixing Multimode Fiber Types


Blogpost Series IconIn our last Cable Testing 101 series, we covered the difference between OM3 and OM4 50µm multimode fiber -- primarily the fact that the fiber core of OM4 has been constructed to provide better attenuation and higher bandwidth, thereby allowing for longer link lengths.


Field testing misconceptions:Alien crosstalk, do we test or not?If so, how and what’s the process?

Alien crosstalk is a relatively new measurement that’s widely misunderstood.I’m often asked why it’s an important measurement and if it’s required to be measured by the standards.Also misunderstood is the sampling criteria for alien crosstalk measurements, which are applied so that not all links have to be tested?


Cable Testing 101:What is the Difference Between OM3 and OM4?


Blogpost Series IconOM3 and OM4 multimode fiber are two common types of fiber used in local area networks--typically in backbone cabling between telecommunications rooms and in the data center between main networking and storage area network (SAN) switches.


New Versiv Version 4.8 Build 1 code and LinkWare PC 9.6 now available

New Versiv Version 4.8 Build 1 code and LinkWare PC 9.6 now available

We’ve just released a new version of code for all Versiv models and we think you’re going to like what you see.


Cat 8 is approved.So where’s my tester?


Need to Streamline Cabling Labeling?There's a New App for That!

While probably one the least talked about standards, and one that is often considered voluntary, the TIA-606-B labeling standard exists for a reason.

An unlabeled infrastructure results in an unmanageable mess that ultimately makes every reconfiguration and troubleshooting task a time-consuming, frustrating and costly tracing game of hunt and peck.


That Little Something In Between

Maximizing productivity in today's fast-paced workplace is essential.新規ファイバー・リンクのインストール、あるいは既存ネットワークのトラブルシューティングなど、迅速な対応や修復のためには、迅速な障害検出が必要です。しかし、ファイバー、コネクター、そしてパッチコードなどによって複雑化したネットワークに直面するとき、言うは易し、行うは難し、というのが現実でしょう。


HDBaseT:Same But Different

So your customer has decided to deploy HDBaseT for ultra high definition video displays and digital signage.If you're already experienced in deploying a copper cabling infrastructure for IP-based Ethernet applications like voice and data, you have little to worry about.

But it's still important to know the basics and best practices required for HDBaseT performance and error-free video transmission, and what's required when it comes to testing.


Getting in Your Testing Comfort Zone



Verification, Qualification, Certification:Which Do I Need?

When it comes to testing a cabling installation, there are essentially three choices--verification, qualification and certification.

While some features overlap between test tools as you move up the hierarchical ladder from verification to certification, each type of testing answers one of the following questions to help you make the right choice.


初めての MultiFiber Pro。最後のファンアウト・コード


規格の最新情報:400 ギガへの道のり

この 10 年間で、光ファイバー配線が目覚ましい進歩を遂げ、対応距離の拡大から 40 および 100 ギガに達するスピードの向上が見られています。

ファイバー損失要件が厳しくなる一方で、ファイバー数を減らしながらもファイバー帯域を増やすための取り組みが行われ、すべてが 400 ギガへのロードマップ通りに進んでいます。



Dumb Things #6 and #7:Using a Non-EF Compliant Tester and a Two-Cord Reference



TR-42.7 分科委員会と IEEE の共同の取り組み

IEEE 規格がスピードと PoE 供給電力に対する需要に応える中、TIA も先例に倣って IEEE とともに協力し、IEEE が進めるアプリケーションをケーブル配線基盤が十分にサポートできるように取り組まなければなりません。

分科委員会での最近かつ重要な標準化活動、そしてこれが IEEE の規格策定にどのように関係しているのか見ていくことにしましょう。


What's New with Versiv?

We repeatedly try to drive home the need to keep your tester up to date with the latest firmware, and for good reason.Not only do we want to make sure you don't miss out on the latest features that can help you test faster and more accurately, but as standards change, so must your tester.


Get On Board!SmartLoop™ Just Got Smarter

Tier 2 (OTDR) 試験におけるファイバー・リンクの双方向試験は、保証のために業界標準やほとんどのメーカーで求められるだけでなく、リンク全体の実損失を知る唯一の方法でもあります。それは、ファイバー・コネクターやスプライスのの損失に加え、全体のリンク損失の測定が、試験をどの方向から実施するかによって異なるためです。Testing a fiber link in one direction can give you different results then testing the same fiber link in the opposite direction. 


How Much Time and Money are You Losing?

夕方近くになり、チームの皆が仕事を終えたばかりです。Now it’s time to gather up the testers and head back to the office with the results.But if that's your white box truck back there sitting in miles of traffic, how much will it cost you?


The Dirt on Fiber Connector End Face Analysis

The performance of an installed optical fiber link hinges on the condition of the connector end faces.Test suppliers have been pushing end face inspection for good reason – most service calls are due to problems with connectors.Standards bodies are busy making improvements to their documents on visual inspection.This work is being done in subcommittee 25 working group 3, the working group responsible for developing standards for customer premises cabling.Recent developments on end face inspection is the topic of this blog.


Dumb Things #2 and #3:Neglecting to agree upon marginal test results and specify all test parameters upfront


Let’s take a look at the #2 and #3 Dumb Things that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— Neglecting to agree upon marginal test results upfront in writing and failing to specify all test parameters to be tested.


ちょっとした判断ミス #8:BIMMF テスト・コードと一般的なマンドレルの使用


ネットワークのケーブル配線システムをテストする際に賢い人がやってしまう「#8 愚かなこと」—BIMMF(曲げ不感マルチモード・ファイバ)テスト・コードと一般的なマンドレルの使用— について見てみましょう。


ISO/IEC 11801 の規格化動向

ISO/IEC 11801、情報技術 – 構内情報配線システムは全面的に見直されつつあります。前のバージョン、第 2.2 版は 2011 年に発行されました。このバージョンでは ISO/IEC 11801 は、1 つの包括的な文書としてまとめられていました。その後の規格の規模拡大により、規格は次の 6 つの部分に分けられました。


If Anything Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will

How we communicate and share information today is all done via networks, and every day our world becomes more connected.The Internet of Things (IoT) is placing more IP-based devices on the network than ever before--from digital displays and LED lighting, to security apparatus and building automation systems.


Your Burden of Proof Lies in the Documentation



Dumb Thing #1:Specifying Channel Testing When Installing Permanent Links


Let’s take a look at the #1 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— Specifying channel testing when installing permanent links.


What’s Your Best Asset?

To maximize return on investment, your test equipment moves from jobsite to jobsite.At any given moment, several of your skilled technicians can be testing and certifying network cabling with multiple testers for multiple concurrent projects in multiple areas—a real recipe for mixing up and misplacing test equipment.


ちょっとした判断ミス #5:Forgetting to Enable Plot Data


Let’s take a look at the #5 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems—forgetting to enable plot data


Tips for Taking on the Top Tier of Fiber Testing

Unlike required Tier 1 testing for attenuation (insertion loss), length and polarity that can be achieved with an optical loss test set (OLTs), few technicians in the field find themselves faced with Tier 2 testing and the need for an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

But every now and then, there is that one customer or consultant who specifies Tier 2 testing—especially as fiber networks have ever-tighter loss budgets and less room for error.Or there may be the need to gain more insight into the performance of a link component for troubleshooting purposes.


ISO/IEC 14763-3 の現状

ISO/IEC 14763-3 の第 2 版は 2014 年に発行されました。この規格は、光ファイバー配線の検査・テストに使用されるシステムやその手順を指定し、構内配線におけるケーブルの敷設と運用をサポートします。2015 年に正誤表が発行されました。 さらに補正を行うため、現在改訂が検討されています。また、改訂には補足も追加されました。


ちょっとした判断ミス #9:Relying on a Duplex Tester for Certifying MPO Trunks


Let’s take a look at the #9 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems—relying on a duplex tester for certifying MPO trunks.


ちょっとした判断ミス #4:“Winging it” on Alien Crosstalk Compliance


Let’s take a look at the #4 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems— “Winging it” on Alien Crosstalk compliance.

On the Hook of Off?


Get the Warranty the First Time Around

Virtually all of your customers are going to want the system warranty offered by their cabling manufacturer.It also lowers risk for architects, consultants and engineers by proving that the system meets the intended performance to support the customer’s applications, while helping to avoid finger pointing and callbacks that are every contractor’s worst nightmare.A system warranty is essentially your best insurance policy.


Best Practices for Cleaning Up Your Fiber Cleaning

While it seems we can’t drive the point home enough that the number one cause of fiber network issues and failures is contaminated connectors, we hope by now that all fiber technicians at least know that they are SUPPOSED to clean and inspect every fiber end face before making that final connection.

But are you cleaning those fiber end faces correctly?Let’s take a look at some best practices.


ちょっとした判断ミス #10:Skipping Out on Proper Fiber Inspection


Let’s take a look at the #10 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems—skipping out on proper fiber inspection.


Is Your Network Ready for Collaborative Open Office Environments?

Today’s office environments are changing drastically in regards to where and how people work.Gone are the days of segregated work areas for each employee with siloed spaces featuring strictly wired connections for a computer and a phone.

Companies today are striving for more open, harmonious work environments and taking advantage of new trends such as collaborative work spaces, BYOD and a combination of work-from-home policies and office hoteling—the practice of reserving work space when needed rather than assigning permanent spaces to employees.


Be in the Loop about Smarter Bidirectional Testing

When it comes to Tier 2 testing using an OTDR, measuring the loss of specific events like connectors and splices, as well as overall link loss, depends on the direction in which the measurement is made.


Is your cabling ready for next-generation Power over Ethernet?

IEEE 802.3bt continues to specify higher power levels to be delivered along cabling that was traditionally designed for purely data distribution, presenting exciting possibilities for the future, however PoE is only part of today’s bigger picture regarding how we are transmitting power.


Are you really checking for DC Contact Resistance issues?


Testing Wide band Multimode Fiber

Multimode fiber (MMF) dominates in local area networks and data centers.Electro-optic converters (e.g. transceivers) used for transmitting and receiving data are less expensive than those used for transmitting over single-mode fiber.Network capacity has increased over the years through the use of parallel transmission – using multiple fibers and multiple transceivers.As the need for capacity continues to increase, the use of multiple fibers and multiple transceivers needed for parallel transmission may increase network cost.


The Golden Rule of Fiber Inspection Keeps Up with the Times

Contaminated connections remain the number one cause of fiber related problems and test failures in data centers, campus and other enterprise or telecom networking environments.


Standard Update:25GBASE-T Joins the Party!

Since the development of 40GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bq) began a few years ago, most of us believed that the next Ethernet data center speed for twisted-pair copper cabling beyond 10 Gb/s would be 40 Gb/s.


The Best Just Got Better—at Both Ends

How long are the fiber links you need to test?Is it a short 50-meter multimode data center link, a longer 550-meter backbone, or maybe even a 130-kilometer singlemode link?

With contaminated connections remaining the number one cause of insertion loss and back reflection that inhibits optical transmission and causes havoc with expensive transceivers, it’s vital that fiber end-faces at both ends of a link are visually inspected.


Help!My Copper Cabling Link Failed

You’ve just finished a copper cabling installation for a customer, your DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer is properly configured and you’re ready to start testing.With a press of the “TEST” button, you’re off and running.

Link after link, the tester displays a “Pass” and you’re feeling really good about the quality workmanship of your installation.


Certification vs. Qualification:A Closer Look

cer·ti·fy \ˈsər-tə-ˌfī\ verb 1:to attest authoritatively  2:to officially recognize someone or something as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards

qual·i·fy \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī\ verb 1:to have the necessary skill or knowledge to do a particular job or activity  2:to have the qualifications to do something


フルーク・ネットワークスがケーブリング・インストレーション・アンド・メンテナンスの 2015 イノベーターズ・アワード・プログラムによって表彰される

Last week at the opening of the BICSI Conference in Las Vegas, the editors of Cabling Business Magazine announced that Versiv and LinkWare Live have each won the Cabling Installation and Maintenance Innovator’s Award.These awards recognize the most innovative projects and products in the structured cabling industry.専門家としての幅広い経験を持つケーブリングおよび通信システムの仕様書作成者、設計者、統合者および管理者が審査員を務めました。


What is Your Loss Measurement Uncertainty?

Testing structured fiber cabling to international standards such as ISO/IEC 14763-3 has been defined.In the last few years, the question of loss (attenuation) measurement uncertainty has been raised.Since 14763-3 specifies test limits, the user of the standard may need to know the amount of uncertainty in the measurement.Experts from IEC, well-versed in fiber metrology and uncertainty calculations, were requested to provide simplified guidelines, a table of sorts, that a user such as an installer might find useful.


Tier 1 Testing using an OTDR on Installed Fiber Cabling?

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is committed, by formal consensus, to develop standards for the benefit of industry and is represented by hundreds of companies.While participating companies cooperate to develop standards, each have their commercial business interests to protect.Sometimes, these companies over-reach to meet their business goals.Fortunately, the TIA voting and balloting process works well as a means to check and balance sometimes rogue proposals.


Testing Installed Fiber Cabling Terminated with MPO Connectors

Several published standards describe how to perform attenuation measurements on installed fiber optic cabling.However, no standard exists that provides guidance for testing installed fiber optic cabling terminated with MPO connectors.Currently, a technical report (TR) is being drafted that provides such testing guidance.


What You Need to Know About Testing BIMMF

Developed for use in data centers and enterprise network applications with a very tight loss budget, bend insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF) is able to withstand tighter bends with substantially less signal loss than non-BIMMF.

A BIMMF design tightly confines the higher-order modes that are more likely to escape the fiber core during bending.The design achieves this by adding a specially engineered optical “trench” between the fiber core and cladding.


HOML as a Source Qualification Test

TIA adopted IEC 61280-4-1, the standard defining attenuation measurements of installed multimode fiber cabling, as ANSI/TIA 526-14-C.

In IEC 61280-4-1, the encircled flux launch is defined as normative (required) for these cases and there is no intention to change requirements in the next edition:
Case 1 - 50 μm core fiber at 850 nm,
Case 2 - 50 μm core fiber at 1300 nm,
Case 3 - 62.5 μm core fiber at 850 nm,
Case 4 - 62.5 μm core fiber at 1300 nm.


Revision to IEC 61280-4-1 Ed 2.0, Fibre-optic communication subsystem test procedure – Part 4-1:Installed cable plant – Multimode attenuation measurement

This primary international standard provides guidance for measurement of attenuation using power meters, light sources and OTDRs on 50/125 µm and 62.5 µm multimode fiber cabling that may include connectors, adapters and splices.Various test methods and cabling configurations are described.This report gives important information regarding upcoming changes for anyone needing to specify testing.Architects, Consultants and Engineers may use this information to learn of changes in IEC, anticipate customer concerns and gain insight to cabling testing trends.


規格の最新情報:The Four A’s of Harmonization

With ANSI/TIA being a North American standards body and ISO/IEC considered international, some often question why we need both, especially considering the similarities between the two.

But there are also plenty of differences—from terminology and spelling, to policy and codes.The good news is that with technology having made our world a much smaller place, TIA and IEC are fast at work harmonizing standards.


The End of Era:Saying Goodbye to DTX

それは 2004 年の出来事です。The hottest mobile device was the Motorola Razr flip phone, Pierce Brosnan was still able to pull off a James Bond role, Facebook was a website nobody’s parents knew about, and The Red Sox won the World Series.It was also the same year that Fluke Networks introduced the DTX CableAnalyzer.


規格の最新情報:Copper on the Move

In the 2009/2010 timeframe, copper standards got a lot of attention with the publication of the TIA-568-C standards and ISO 11801 2nd edition for 10-gigabit copper cabling, as well as IEEE 802.3at for PoE Plus.

While more applications and devices continue to take advantage of that technology, there has been plenty of standards development action taking place behind the scenes that is keeping copper on the move.


規格の最新情報:The Four A’s of Harmonization


With ANSI/TIA being a North American standards body and ISO/IEC considered international, some often question why we need both, especially considering the similarities between the two.

But there are also plenty of differences—from terminology and spelling, to policy and codes.The good news is that with technology having made our world a much smaller place, TIA and IEC are fast at work harmonizing standards.


New DSX-5000 Endorsements:Eurolan & Furukawa Industrial S.A.

We’re very excited to announce that two more manufacturers have endorsed the DSX-5000 this month!Eurolan has over 1,000 certified installers and engineers, and is a major supplier in Russia and the CIS countries.Furukawa Industrial S.A, is a major supplier with Centre of Excellence for Latin America in the manufacture of optical and metallic cables and has over 37 years of history in Brazil .This brings the total of number of manufacturers worldwide who have provided their endorsement to:a whopping 26!


Slash Fiber Job Completion Time with New Fiber Testing and Certification Tools

The datacom industry is fast adapting an “all-for-fiber, fiber-for-all” mantra.Fiber developments and growth are everywhere, from high-speed data centers to bandwidth-hungry enterprises to Google Fiber. 


No More “Dang It!”moments – Analyze and Manage Copper or Fiber Test Results Anytime, Anywhere

At Fluke Networks, we take test and measurement seriously.Proving that point, we recently announced the world’s first cloud-connected cable certification tool.That’s right, we unveiled LinkWare™ Live, a cloud-based service that enables contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyze certification test results from cabling projects – anytime, anywhere.


Introducing the Versiv Family Yearbook:Class of 2014

For most structured cabling professionals, the days of nostalgically flipping through the pages of a school yearbook have passed.But Fluke Networks has introduced the next best thing – The Versiv Family Yearbook:Class of 2014.


10GBASE-T およびデータ・センターへの注目傾向

ネットワーク・エンジニアは業界での新しい傾向に注意を払う必要があります。In a report published earlier this year, “Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report,’ Crehan Research Inc. predicted that the data center switch market will grow to $16 billion by 2017, and Ethernet, including Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet, will become an ever-increasing portion of the overall market.


Prevent Errors, Limit Complexity and Reduce Cost Associated with Cable Certification

Perhaps the last thing a buyer of cable test equipment thinks about when looking for a product is how to prevent testing errors—and that’s a big mistake.While issues such as cost, standards and specifications including bandwidth and test speeds are important, decision makers should not ignore the issues of project errors and the subsequent delays they can cause.


ETL 検証の重要性

 If you’re in the cable testing business, you should know about ETL Verification.


New Infographic on What's Really Going On in the Minds of Structured Cabling Professionals


新しい標準に対応する新しいテスター:認証ツール、Versiv ファミリーのご紹介


無料のケーブル・テスト管理ソフトウェア – LinkWare™ の利点を得る

現在のケーブル設備の検証は、1 つの現場で先進的なカテゴリーの 5e テスト・レポートに含まれるデータ・フィールドが 400 をゆうに超えるようになり、検証結果の評価は非常に複雑化しています。何百、何千という数のリンクを含む一般的な作業では、ネットワーク・エンジニアがすべての結果を調べて合格と判断しても、なお重大な問題が残っています。試験仕様やアダプタに誤りがなかったかどうかを調べるにはどうすればよいのでしょうか?すべてのテスターに適切なソフトウェア・バージョンが使用されたでしょうか?期待通りのマージンが得られ、そのマージンは安定していたでしょうか?


Encircled Flux でマルチモード・テスト精度を高める方法

Anyone who’s ever tested a multimode fiber optic link with light sources from different equipment vendors will know that the loss measurement can vary by as much as 50 percent.適切なコントロールがなければ、マルチモード光源によるマルチモード・ファイバーへの光の注入に変化が出ます。  同じメーカーの光源であっても異なった立上げ条件の下では、多様なリンク損失が測定され、異なった、そして多くの場合混乱するテスト結果につながります。


Encircled Flux – Encircled Flux とは?気を配らなければならない理由とは?

LC/MPO カセットのような低損失光ファイバー・コンポーネントの導入に伴って、予定損失(テスト制限)はますます小さくなりつつあります。結果として、敷設業者は、ファイバー・テストに関する従来の方法や前提がもはや成立しないことに気付いています。

米国電気通信工業会 (TIA) は、現在もコネクターあたり 0.75 dB を許可していますが、工場で研磨されるコネクターは 0.2 dB 前後です。そのため、敷設業者が TIA の制限をテストする際には、測定にかなりの不確実性が認められています。つまり、このようなテストを実施することは妥当ではあっても完璧ではないということです。


Finding the keys to success in the MPO datacenter

増え続ける多数のビジネス・アプリケーションをサポートするために、会社が IP トラフィックの高まる要求に対応することで、多くの会社では、サーバー、スイッチ、およびストレージ・エリア・ネットワーク間の 10G または 40G イーサネット接続と、コア・スイッチングおよびルーティング・バックボーン向けの 100G イーサネットをサポートする光ファイバー・ネットワークを持つデータ・センターを設計しています。


Need to test MPO cabling?問題ありません。-New MultiFiber Pro Optical Loss Tester reduces test time by 95%


LinkWare 7 –A good thing just got a lot better!

What do Albert Einstein and Michael Jordan have in common? No, they’re not both LinkWare users… They focused on continuously learning and pushing the envelope even though they were already far ahead of everybody else.Just like our engineers who worked tirelessly to rebuild LinkWare from the ground up and make the best even better.Improvements include:


This one is for the ages!New OTDR redefines enterprise fiber testing.

By now you will have heard about the new OptiFiber Pro OTDR  and that’s a relief for me because I’ve been biting my tongue for a while! Now that its been announced, let me share my impressions and an overview of what makes the product unique. I will also include some links to more detailed information. Take this from a guy that has spent five of the last seven years playing with OTDRs… I’ve used them all. And this one is going to change everything!


For the Good Times.-Looking back on the DSP Series one year after the retirement of repair and calibration services.

The end of March marks one year since calibration and service was available for the DSP 4300, and an end of an era for technicians certifying cabling with the Series. It was a long love affair.The DSP 100 was the first of the Series.It was introduced in 1995. That year the DVD was selected as the home video format, a gallon of gasoline cost $1.09, and we all had to undure the infamous OJ Simpson trial.


Would you fight this speeding ticket?The 10% rule explained.

Ironically my desire to speed in traffic evaporated when I bought a real sports car. But this story is not about me and my desire to push the limits. It’s about you.



I received my new RCDD certificate, good through the end of 2014, in the mail last week.My reaction was more pensive than the elation I experienced after first passing the exam in 2003.


Why a Cat 6A Patch Cord Adapter has that funny little “A” next to the 6

If you’ve seen a set of Category 6A  Patch Cord Test Adapters, you may have wondered why the “A” is subscripted. It has to do with the standards that the adapters support.The little “A” denotes that the adapter meets the ISO/IEC specifications for a patch cord test.


VoIP for the masses…the end of “voice grade cabling”

When I was a cable installer, we often built redundant networks for voice and data communications. The data cabling was terminated on patch panels, and the voice grade cabling was terminated on wiring blocks.There are thousands of installations done this way. And there were lots of reasons for it, including cost. But I think the major reason we kept installing separate “voice grade cabling”  was that , deep down, the key influencers of cabling installation design didn’t believe that the end of voice circuits  would ever happen.

Product Registration...Whats the point?

I don't register products that I buy. I am not worried about another email or phone call, black helicopters, or any of that. It's just that most of the stuff I purchase isn't worth the effort to fill out a form, find a stamp, and mail it to the manufacturer. And like you, I am really busy with other tasks that seem more important. For example, by the time I got ready to mail the registration form in for my Bose headphones, the only apparent benefit (the rebate) had lapsed. So am I a hypocrate to sa


The Truth about Twisted Pair Patch Cords

Non compliant cabling products have been the subject of magazine articles, discussions at conferences, publicized lawsuits, and government agency investigations during the last few years.

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