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FTTx Networks by Weyl Wang, Kevin Bourg, Brian Lane, James Farmer

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Chapter 6

Optical Layer Issues

Abstract

This chapter presents a fairly detailed description of the fiber optic cable itself and the performance you can expect out of it, and how to stay in the region where the system will work. It covers the fiber optic passive components you will use, and discusses problems you can get into and how to avoid them.

Keywords

Fiber cable; Fiber optics; Losses in fiber; Losses in splitters; Optical levels; Optical passives; Optical receivers; Optical safety; Optical transmitters; SBS; SRS; Wavelengths

Introduction

One of the key enabling fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technologies is, not surprisingly, the optics needed to make it all work. This includes cable, passive devices (splitters, wave division multiplexer [WDMs], connectors, ...

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