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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking, Fourth Edition by Bill Woodward, Andrew Oliviero

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Chapter 32. Fiber-Optic System Design Considerations

Up to this point, you have learned about transmitters, receivers, couplers, attenuators, connectors, splices, and fiber-optic cable. These pieces are some of the building blocks of a fiber-optic system. A basic fiber-optic system contains a transmitter, receiver, fiber-optic cable, and connectors.

There are many ways to approach fiber-optic system design, and there are many different fiber-optic systems. Fortunately, there are industry standards that simplify fiber-optic system design. This chapter focuses on the basic design considerations for a fiber-optic system, compares optical fiber to copper, explains how to break down a fiber-optic link to analyze performance, and shows how to prepare ...

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