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The new FOA Online Reference Guide To Fiber Optics is now ready for use. Go Here!

What is This?
    The FOA has created a new online reference site for fiber optics that is the most comprehensive collection of information on fiber optics available anywhere. This unique reference site was created as a complement to traditional textbooks like the FOA's Fiber Optic Technicians Manual since it can be kept up to date more easily, can be accessed anywhere and is much less expensive than printed books. The new FOA site was created as a reference site for schools and students studying for FOA certifications and as a readily available reference for FOA-certified technicians needing a refresher course or to find information they need while on the job.
    The site is comprised of basic reference materials in conventional web pages, topical tutorials in slide-show format and reference documents formatted for easy printing. For example, from the site you can read about fiber optic termination, watch a slide show tutorial on termination and see a “virtual hands-on” step-by-step lesson on how to actually perform the termination. Typical hands-on processes like cable preparation, termination, splicing and testing are covered in great detail.

iphone accessing website

    The FOA fiber optic reference site is organized to make it easy to find information through a linked table of contents. Recognizing the growing use of portable web-enabled devices like the iPhone and other smart phones, most of the site is formatted simply so the pages can be viewed easily on a small-screen web device as well as a larger computer screen. Access by portable web devices means the site can be accessed from the job site by techs needing some information or advice.
    The FOA website is available to FOA-approved schools and their students and current FOA CFOTs. For those interested in the site but not currently CFOTs nor interested in becoming one, FOA associate membership will be available which includes unlimited access to the site.

The Table of Contents shows the extent of this online reference.

What's It For?
    Goal of this online "textbook" is educating students, network users, designers, installers, etc. on the proper usage of fiber optic communications systems. In creating the materials, we considered the needs of many readers and attempted to provide for their special needs. Everyone, of course, needs knowledge of the basics of fiber optics and skills in the processes used in designing and installing systems.
    Besides those basic issues, we expect that
network owners/users will be better able to understand their networks and work with contractors and installers to optimize their networks and maintain, restore and upgrade them properly.
    Contractors/designers will better understand how fiber is used properly, how to design efficient systems and how to communicate with their customers.
Installers will find the basic information on fiber optic components, how fiber optic cable plants are installed, including tutorials of hands-on installation practices and how different types of installations require special skills and procedures.
    This reference covers the differences in fiber optic applications, e.g. communications vs. lighting or inspection, OSP vs premises, etc. to provide readers with knowledge about the varied applications of fiber in today's world.
Special types of users, e.g. MIL/govt, utility, industrial, FTTx, will find special sections covering the particulars of those applications and how that affects design, installation, etc.

    The organization of this material is chosen to make it appropriate for teaching fiber optic technology, manufacture, installation, design, testing and other related topics and to provide a reference for the FOA certification exams. As a referrence book, the Table of Contents will allow anyone to find topics of interest. A complete Table of Contents which is the master link to the material is here and linked on every page.

Remember, as an online reference, this material is going to be updated regularly to reflect changes in technologies and applications.

Access to the FOA Online Reference Guide To Fiber Optics will require a login and password. When ready, that will be provided to schools and CFOTs. Others wishing access will be able to subscribe to the service using the FOA Online Service.

Our Appreciation To:
    The material has been produced and reviewed by a number of contributors whom we wish to thank for their work in contributing, creating and reviewing the materials included here: Bob Ballard, Joe Botha, Craig Bowden, Duane Clayton, Tom Collins, F. Douglas Elliott, Jorge Garcia, Bill Graham, Arnie Harris, Karen Hayes, John Highhouse, Ron Leger, Eric Pearson, Jim Underwood, Chuck Vella, and many more.

Disclaimer: This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to those interested in designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using fiber optic communications systems or networks. Accessing this site requires the user to agree to the terms of use. It is intended to be used as a overview and guidelines and in no way should be considered to be complete or comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for creating their own documentation, specifications, etc. The FOA assumes no liability for their use.

The new FOA Online Reference Guide To Fiber Optics is now ready for use. Go Here!

 The Fiber Optic Association has been organized as a international non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry. Its charter is to develop educational programs, certify fiber optic technicians, approve fiber optic training courses, participate in standards-making processes and generally promote fiber optics. The FOA has certified over 25,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over 200 approved training organizations worldwide. Join us!


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