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