- The FOA Guide To Fiber Optics & Premises Cabling
- Complete Table of Contents
- Reference Topics
- Fiber Optics, The Basics
- Outside Plant Fiber Optics
- Premises Cabling
- Applications of Fiber Optics
- Fiber Optic Technology and Standards
- Fiber Optic Components
- Designing Fiber Optic Networks
- Installation of FO Cable Plants
- Testing & Troubleshooting
- Using fiber optic systems
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- For Instructors: Teaching a CFOT Course Using This Website
- Study Guides For FOA Certifications
- Preparing For the CFOT Exam
Preparing for the OSP Fiber Optics Specialist Exam
- Preparing for the CPCT Premises Cabling Exam
- Fiber U - "Fiber University" Online Training
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This is the FOA Online Reference Guide To Fiber Optics and Premises Cabling. It has been created by the Fiber Optic Association, Inc., the non-profit professional society of fiber optics, as a free service to the fiber optics and communications industries. Everyone can use this as a reference source for fiber optics and premises cabling. Students at FOA-Approved Schools can use this as a reference textbook for FOA certifications and those already certified can use it for a refresher course or reference on the technologies or practices.
The goal of this guide is to provide an extensive, reliable, non-biased source of information on fiber optics and premises cabling (copper, fiber and wireless) for 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 reference book, the Table of Contents will allow anyone to find topics of interest. The Table of Contents is the master link to the material and is linked on every page.
The Table of Contents has an extensive selection of "Self Study" programs for those wanting guides to follow in studying the materials.
The format of all this material is simplified to allow fast loading with any browser and use on most portable web-enabled devices like this iPhone, any smart phone or tablet.
Remember, as an online reference, this material is going to be expanded, and updated regularly to reflect changes in technologies and applications. It's always going to be incomplete, since we're always finding new things to add to it. It you have suggestions on how to improve it, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOA Reference Books
If you like printed books or read eBooks on your iPad or Kindle, we have created three new FOA books to be used in training for FOA certifications and as reference books for contractors, installers and end users of fiber optics. Click on the book images for more information.
New FOA Videos on
- The FOA has created a special FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc, where we're posting instructional videos for everyone's use. We have videos on fiber optic cable preparation and, for those working on premises cabling, termination of UTP cable. Watch for lots more!
Fiber U - "Fiber University" Online Training
Fiber U offers free online training and tutorials based on the materials from the FOA Guide.
A Note Of Appreciation
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: Jim Hayes, Editor, Reviewers: 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, Craig Getchel and many, many more.
Note: 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. It is intended to be used as a overview and/or basic 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 learning, reference and creating their own documentation, project specifications, etc. The FOA assumes no liability for their use.
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