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Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) Certification Exam Guide

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Pass the FOI exam with a strong foundation in fiber optic technology

Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) Certification Exam Guide gives you a solid foundation in fiber optics and thorough preparation for the Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) certification. Endorsed by the Electronics Technicians Association, International, this guide serves as both a comprehensive self-study course and a useful desk reference for aspiring fiber optics installers. Coverage includes the basic principles of light, optical fiber construction, safety, fusion, mechanical splicing, connectors, fiber-optic light sources, transmitters, detectors, test equipment, and more. Each chapter meets or exceeds the ETA FOI knowledge competency, with key exam information highlighted for easy reference. Real-world scenarios illustrate how particular solutions are applied in common working environments, giving you a clear understanding of to use the tactics in the field. Chapter exercises and review questions offer plenty of opportunity for practice.

This book helps you prepare for certification, and more importantly, the everyday work the job entails.

  • Determine how much you already know with a pre-study assessment

  • Find key exam information and terms quickly with chapter-by-chapter objectives

  • Study real-world scenarios to understand how concepts are applied

  • Pinpoint weak areas with practice and review questions that test your knowledge

  • If you are seeking a strong knowledge base — and complete exam prep — you will find Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) Certification Exam Guide to be a critically useful reference.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright
    3. Publisher's Note
    4. Dedication
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Author
    7. Introduction
    8. Assessment Test
      1. Answers to Assessment Test
    9. Chapter 1: History of Fiber Optics and Broadband Access
      1. Evolution of Light in Communication
      2. Evolution of Optical Fiber Manufacturing Technology
      3. Evolution of Optical Fiber Integration and Application
      4. Broadband since the Turn of the Century
      5. Summary
      6. Exam Essentials
      7. Review Questions
      8. Chapter Exercises
    10. Chapter 2: Principles of Fiber-Optic Transmission
      1. The Fiber-Optic Link
      2. Decibels (dB)
      3. Absolute Power
      4. Summary
      5. Exam Essentials
      6. Review Questions
      7. Chapter Exercises
    11. Chapter 3: Basic Principles of Light
      1. Light as Electromagnetic Energy
      2. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
      3. Refraction
      4. Total Internal Reflection
      5. Fresnel Reflections
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
      9. Chapter Exercises
    12. Chapter 4: Optical Fiber Construction and Theory
      1. Optical Fiber Components
      2. Tensile Strength
      3. Manufacturing Optical Fiber
      4. Mode
      5. Refractive Index Profiles
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
      9. Chapter Exercises
    13. Chapter 5: Optical Fiber Characteristics
      1. It All Adds Up
      2. Dispersion
      3. Attenuation
      4. Bending Losses
      5. Numerical Aperture
      6. Equilibrium Mode Distribution
      7. Fiber Specifications and Standards
      8. Summary
      9. Exam Essentials
      10. Review Questions
      11. Chapter Exercises
    14. Chapter 6: Safety
      1. Basic Safety
      2. Light Sources
      3. Handling Fiber
      4. Chemicals
      5. Site Safety
      6. Emergencies
      7. Summary
      8. Exam Essentials
      9. Review Questions
      10. Chapter Exercises
    15. Chapter 7: Fiber-Optic Cables
      1. Basic Cable
      2. Cable Components
      3. Cable Types
      4. Cable Duty Specifications
      5. Cable Termination Methods
      6. Blown Fiber
      7. NEC Provisions for Fiber-Optic Cables and Raceways
      8. Cable Markings and Codes
      9. Bend Radius Specifications
      10. Summary
      11. Exam Essentials
      12. Review Questions
      13. Chapter Exercises
    16. Chapter 8: Splicing
      1. Why Splice?
      2. Splicing Safety
      3. Splicing Equipment
      4. Splicing Procedures
      5. Splice Performance Requirements
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
      9. Chapter Exercises
    17. Chapter 9: Connectors
      1. The Fiber-Optic Connector
      2. Connection Performance
      3. Connector Types
      4. Connector Termination
      5. Cleaning and Inspection
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
      9. Chapter Exercises
    18. Chapter 10: Fiber-Optic Light Sources and Transmitters
      1. Semiconductor Light Sources
      2. Light Source Performance Characteristics
      3. Transmitter Performance Characteristics
      4. Light Source Safety
      5. Summary
      6. Exam Essentials
      7. Review Questions
      8. Chapter Exercises
    19. Chapter 11: Fiber-Optic Detectors and Receivers
      1. Photodiode Fundamentals
      2. Other Types of Photodiode
      3. Photodiode Responsivity, Efficiency, and Speed
      4. Fiber-Optic Receiver
      5. Receiver Optical Performance Characteristics
      6. Optical Attenuators
      7. Summary
      8. Exam Essentials
      9. Review Questions
      10. Chapter Exercises
    20. Chapter 12: Cable Installation and Hardware
      1. Installation Specifications
      2. Installation Hardware
      3. Installation Methods
      4. Fire Resistance Bonding and Grounding
      5. Hardware Management
      6. Labeling Requirements and Documentation
      7. Polarity
      8. Electrical Codes
      9. Summary
      10. Exam Essentials
      11. Review Questions
      12. Chapter Exercises
    21. Chapter 13: Fiber-Optic System Advantages
      1. The Advantages of Optical Fiber over Copper
      2. Summary
      3. Exam Essentials
      4. Review Questions
      5. Chapter Exercises
    22. Chapter 14: Test Equipment and Link/Cable Testing
      1. Calibration Requirements
      2. Continuity Tester
      3. Visual Fault Locator
      4. Fiber Identifier
      5. Inline Optical Power Monitoring
      6. Optical Return Loss Test Set
      7. Stabilized Light Source and Optical Power Meter
      8. Patch Cord
      9. Test Jumper
      10. Launch Conditions, Mode Filters, and Encircled Flux
      11. ANSI/TIA-526-14 Optical Loss Measurement Methods
      12. Patch Cord Optical Power Loss Measurement
      13. Connector Insertion Loss Measurement
      14. Link Segment and Cabling Subsystem Performance Measurements
      15. Tier 1 Testing
      16. Tier 2 Testing
      17. Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer
      18. Emerging Testing Standards
      19. Summary
      20. Exam Essentials
      21. Review Questions
      22. Chapter Exercises
    23. Appendix: Answers to Review Questions
      1. Chapter 1: History of Fiber Optics and Broadband Access
      2. Chapter 2: Principles of Fiber-Optic Transmission
      3. Chapter 3: Basic Principles of Light
      4. Chapter 4: Optical Fiber Construction and Theory
      5. Chapter 5: Optical Fiber Characteristics
      6. Chapter 6: Safety
      7. Chapter 7: Fiber-Optic Cables
      8. Chapter 8: Splicing
      9. Chapter 9: Connectors
      10. Chapter 10: Fiber-Optic Light Sources and Transmitters
      11. Chapter 11: Fiber-Optic Detectors and Receivers
      12. Chapter 12: Cable Installation and Hardware
      13. Chapter 13: Fiber-Optic System Advantages
      14. Chapter 14: Test Equipment and Link/Cable Testing
    24. Glossary
    25. End User License Agreement