Based on the standardized and widely deployed passive optical network (PON) architecture, passive optical LANs (POLs) have been deployed in enterprise networks for several years. Heralded as space- and money-saving systems, POLs can be put to use in a variety of vertical markets as well as physical environments. This webcast seminar, produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, focuses on the passive optical LAN’s physical infrastructure, including the network’s components, the system’s design, and its information-carrying capabilities.
This presentation describes the active components of a passive optical LAN—the optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminals (ONTs). It focuses on how, through the OLT, a passive optical LAN can provide high-density networking capabilities serving a number of different user environments. It also describes the characteristics and capabilities of ONTs, which facilitate the connection to the user.
A passive optical LAN’s high-density capacity can require a high number of fiber-optic connections in the network. This presentation discusses the passive fiber-optic connectivity that can be used in a POL. From splitters to fiber enclosures and preterminated assemblies, there are a number of connectivity choices to make when deploying a POL. The presentation describes these connectivity options, their functions, and their placement within a passive optical LAN.
Optical splitters facilitate the high-density, long-distance transmission capabilities inherent in a passive optical LAN. This splitter-based architectural setup makes testing the system’s installed fiber links a different process than what’s used for a LAN with a hierarchical star architecture. This presentation provides practical hands-on information for installers, test technicians, network owners and others about how to test a passive optical LAN’s infrastructure.