Designing FTTx Networks
Objectives: From this self-study lesson you should learn:
- Issues applicable to OLAN design
- How to get started on the network design
- Sources of more information on fiber optic network design
- How to do a simple exercise in OLAN design
OLAN network design is not something you can summarize in a few paragraphs as you learned in the lesson about installation. With numerous network types and architectures, component choices and, of course, the uniqueness of each local network, one must first learn the background information before beginning to design a project. If you have completed the first five lesson plans, you should have a good ideal of what is involved in an OLAN. For this final lesson, we will send you to some sources of basic information on fiber optic network design and provide you with a simple OLAN network that will illustrate some of the issues you will face when designing real networks.
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, Slide 22
You may, if you wish, watch the entire video and then watch the referenced sections for a second time for greater comprehension.
Other FOA YouTube Lectures Relevant To This Lesson Include:
FOA Lecture 9: Fiber Optic Network Design, Part 1
FOA Lecture 10: Fiber Optic Network Design Part 2
FOA Lecture 11: Fiber Optic Network Design Part 3
Watch the ones which relate to issues you need to learn more about.
Online FOA Reference
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, Fiber Optic Network Design Overview of fiber optic network design
FOA Reference Guide Premises Cabling (2014), Appendix B
Test Your Knowledge
Online Case Study: OLAN
When you finish the assignments and case study, you can take an online exam on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The exam cost is $20US.
Go here to take the Fiber U OLAN Certificate of Completion Exam. Here are detail directions if this is your first time taking a Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam.
FOA Fiber U Self-Study - OLANs - Home Page
Lesson Plan No. 1: What is an OLAN?
Lesson Plan No. 2, Centralized Fiber Networks
Lesson Plan No. 3, Passive Optical LANs
Lesson Plan No. 4, Installing OLAN Networks
Lesson Plan No. 5, Testing OLAN Networks
Lesson Plan No. 6, OLAN Design, Case Study
When you finish, you can take an online exam on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion."