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Fiber Optic Media Conversion MiniCourse

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MiniCourse: Fiber Optic Media Conversion
Level: Basic

Fiber Optic Media Conversion MiniCourse

Fiber U MiniCourses are courses on a specific topic that you can take in about an hour or less. They are based on questions people ask FOA all the time, so the topics are recommended by our readers.

Level: Intermediate

Intended For:
Designers of fiber optic communications networks
Users of fiber optic communications networks
Contractors and techs who install, operate and maintain them.

Objectives: From this self-study program you should learn:
Communications devices are electronic but backbone connections are by fiber optics
How fiber optic links work
How transceivers and media converters interface electrical and optical communications media

You will need a basic understanding of fiber optics, e.g. training and a FOA CFOT certification or at least a familiarity with fiber optic technology.
For an quick, simple overview of fiber optics, you can use one of these three options: 1) the Fiber U self-study program Fiber Optics in Communications and How It Works, 2) the FOA YouTube Videos Fiber Optics and Communications and How To "Talk" Fiber Optics or 3) Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics  

For more comprehensive preparation, see the Fiber U Basic Fiber Optics self-study program or the printed FOA textbook FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics.

Fiber U Certificate of Completion
When you finish, you can take an online test on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The test cost for a Fiber U MiniCourse is $10US.

Electronic devices communicate internally using electrons on conductors and communicate with other devices using copper cables. radio waves (wireless) or fiber optics. Most hardware like  computers  comes with an Ethernet port for connecting to the Internet or LANs that requires a Category 5/5e/6/6A unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable connection. Laptops, smaartphones and tablets include a wireless (WiFi) connection also. Video cameras usually have a coaxial cable connection. All of these often require connections into fiber optic networks since fiber optics is the backbone of the world's communications.

Conversion to fiber is also desirable sometimes because of fiber's immunity to electromagnetic interference or ability to communicate over long distances.

This Fiber U MiniCourse will explain how fiber optic links work, how transceivers in many types of equipment make the conversion to fiber optics and how media converters can convert electronic signals to fiber when needed.

For this lesson plan you will be instructed to watch the videos, read the references and take a quiz (Test Your Knowledge) to complete the course.

Lesson Plans
Watch the videos, read the section in the FOA Guide and take the quiz. For this course, we recommend watching the videos first and then reading the FOA Guide page on Restoration. There is a short quiz you can use to check your comprehension. The Certificate of Completion test is based on those materials.


FOA Lecture 58 Fiber Optic Media Conversion  

FOA Guide
Converting Other Media To Fiber Optics Using Media Converters  

Do-It-Yourself Lab: Build a working fiber optic link with media converters.

Test Your Comprehension
Fiber Optic Media Conversion Quiz

Fiber U Certificate of  Completion
When you finish all the assignments you can take an online test on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The test cost is $10US.

Go here to take the "Fiber U - Media Conversion" Certificate of Completion test. Here are detail directions if this is your first time taking a
Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam.

This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to those interested in teaching, designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using fiber optic communications systems or networks. It is intended to be used as an overview and/or basic guidelines and in no way should be considered to be complete or comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for learning, as a reference and for creating their own documentation, project specifications, etc. Those working with fiber optics in the classroom, laboratory or field should follow all safety rules carefully. The FOA assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.


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