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FTTX: Fiber To The Home, etc.

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Lesson # 3: FTTx PON Types

Level: Technician

FTTx PON Types

Objectives: From this self-study lesson you should learn:
  • What is a FTTH PON?
  • What are the differences between BPON, GPON and EPON?
  • What are RFOG and WDM PONs?
  • What is a POL and who is using it?

A PON (passive optical network) utilizes a passive splitter that takes one input and splits it up to broadcast to many users to cut the cost of the links substantially by sharing one set of electronics and an expensive laser with up to 32 homes. There are three main types of PONs, BPOB, GPON and EPON that are standardized and in widespread use today.

This Fiber U self-study program will introduce you to the three types of PONs and explain how they work..

The course leads you to read online or printed materials (with an emphasis on the online using the FOA Guide), watch FOA YouTube Videos, complete some activities and take the quizzes. Each lesson plan will be self-contained. Lesson plans open in new pages so the course overview page stays open to lead you to the next lesson or you may use the link at the bottom of the page.

Student Assignment

Read the references, watch the videos and take the quizzes (Test Your Knowledge)

FOA YouTube Videos, Fiber To The Home,  Slides 10 to 15
You may, if you wish, watch the entire video and then watch the referenced sections for a second time for greater comprehension.

Online FOA Reference
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, FTTx PON Types 


Reference Textbook
FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Appendix B,  Pages 232-6

Extra Credit Reading
Assignments beyond the basics required for the course will be listed as extra credit.

Test Your Knowledge
Online Quiz

Next Lesson:
Lesson Plan No. 4, Installing FTTx Networks


Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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