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Fiber Optic Network Restoration

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MiniCourse: Fiber Optic Network Restoration
Level: Intermediate

Fiber Optic Network Restoration 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:
The typical causes of fiber optic network outages
How to design networks to reduce the chances of outages
How to plan for restoration
How to troubleshoot and repair outages

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 exam on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The test cost for a Fiber U MiniCourse is $10US.

All networks are susceptible to problems that affect communications. A consequence of fiber optic systems’ high bandwidth, long distance capability and security is the extreme dependence of users on the non-stop operation of these systems. They can transmit large amounts of data long distances with immunity from signal degradation and extremely high reliability, so these systems usually carry the most critical data. By critical data, we’re not talking about just telephone conversations, Internet access or TV signals, we’re also talking about connections for data centers, utility grid monitoring and control signals, surveillance CCTV systems, traffic control systems, airport monitoring and security, and the like.

fiber optic network restoration
If something happens, it’s important to not panic. You should have a plan, tools and components set aside for repair and knowledgeable people on stall or a contractor on call. When you design the network, restoration planning should be part of the design. If you did not do that, now is the time to do it before something happens.

For this lesson plan you will be instructed to watch 3 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 51 Fiber Optic Restoration - Causes of Damage To The Network   
FOA Lecture 52 Fiber Optic Restoration - Planning For Restoration

FOA Lecture 53 Fiber Optic Restoration - Troubleshooting And Repair 

FOA Guide
Fiber Optic Network Restoration
Test Your Comprehension
Fiber Optic Restoration 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 "Fiber Optic Restoration" 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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