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WEBSITE DESIGN KUDOS(Re: Cabling Systems' new website design)I thought I would share with you my comments on your new website update. Outstanding job! I found it to be very well done.Congrats on keepi...


May 1, 2002  


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WEBSITE DESIGN KUDOS

(Re: Cabling Systems’ new website design)

I thought I would share with you my comments on your new website update. Outstanding job! I found it to be very well done.

Congrats on keeping it fresh and usable.

Joe A. Hite, RCDD/OSP

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A NOTE ON ODTRS

(Re: “Awaiting Fiber To The Desk”, March/April issue)

All in all, [this was] a very well written article, but I must take exception to the quote from Roberta Fox regarding test equipment.

First, optical time domain reflectometers (OTDRs) are not common test gear for premises cabling installers, only for the outside plant (telco or CATV) installations. FTTD links may never need an OTDR because the links may be too short for an OTDR to be useful, unlike longer backbone or outside plant cables. And OTDRs are priced much lower than the $50,000 quoted, even in Canadian dollars!

Figure about $12,000 (US) for a nice mini-OTDR or $7,000 (US) for a PC-based OTDR. These FTTD links need only a simple optical loss test using a test kit available for under $1,000 (US). And while a simple copper cable wire mapper may be available for $400 (Canadian), you will spend between $4,000 and $10,000 (US) for a Cat 5/5e/6 certifying tool, required to test every one of those copper runs to the desk.

Actually, premises multimode fiber is much cheaper to test than copper these days!

Jim Hayes, CFOS

PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE FIBER OPTIC ASSOCIATION


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