10 Tips for Fiber Planning and Design

2. Use the same fiber in backbone and patch cords

This recommendation sounds like a “no-brainer.” However, the subtleties of OM3, OM4 and bend-insensitive fibers can make this a necessity. Field horror stories support the use of the same fiber type (OM3, OM4, bend-insensitive) from the same manufacturer to avoid unexpected bandwidth or loss problems.

I didn’t know exactly what I would be doing at my current job with the University of Texas at Austin when I was hired. Now that I am one year into the job I have a better understanding. One of my biggest responsibilities is helping design and document the fiber installations the University owns between buildings. This article directly addresses the types of decisions that I help make.

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

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