Reference Guide To Outside Plant Fiber Optics
And Study Guide To FOA CFOS/O Certification
The purpose of this website is to provide a reference guide to those involved with outside plant fiber optic networks, either in design, installation, use, maintenance or troubleshooting, or those teaching the personnel who will work with it. This website along with its companion book is also the reference guide for FOA Outside Plant Specialist Certification, CFOS/O. With a subject so broad, itís impossible to cover every aspect of the topic in depth. What will be covered is the basics of fiber optic applications for communications systems that utilize outside plant fiber optic cable as a transmission medium.
The Fiber Optic Association, Inc., the nonprofit professional society of fiber optics, has become one of the principal sources of technical information, training curriculum and certifications for the cabling industry. As technology has driven the rate of technical change ever faster, it has become a challenge to provide printed reference books that are not hopelessly out of date. Instead, many readers turn to the Internet for more up-to-date technical information.
The information on the Internet, however, is often biased toward commercial interests or application points of view, even that on supposedly non-commercial websites, and anonymous sources must be assumed to be untrustworthy or have a commercial agenda. The FOA is focused on education of technicians, not selling products, and we think itís important that every tech knows as much as possible about fiber optic technology without bias so they can deal successfully with design and installation in all types of applications.
The FOA created its Online Reference Guide to provide a more up-to-date and unbiased reference for those seeking information on cabling and fiber optic technology, components, applications and installation. Itís success confirms the assumption that many users prefer the Internet for technical information.
With the companion printed books, we address the needs for those who prefer printed books or who must have them to meet academic requirements. For those who want this printed version but also want access to the web for color graphics, self-study programs with automatic self-testing or links to even more technical information, we have this FOA Online Reference Guide website to find additional information on the sections covered in this book.
The FOA offers "Fiber U" as a free online training site for learning about fiber optics and cabling. It includes online self-study courses including OSP to help everyone learn about cabling and fiber optics.
If you have feedback on the website or book, feel free to email comments or questions to the FOA at <info @ thefoa.org>.
OSP Website Contents
Each page will open in a new window to keep this index open.
Check your comprehension: take the section quizzes! Links are at the bottom of each page.
Also see OSP Construction in the FOA Guide
The basic fiber book (blue cover) is also available in Spanish and French
The FOA OSP Civil Works Guide can be downloaded free from the FOA Website.
Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics