Fiber Node Troubleshooting

Making an optical signal convert into RF signals carried over coaxial cable is the “special sauce” that defines the Hybrid Fiber Coax network. But as the node grows more complex, so do the attendant challenges as operators push the bandwidth envelope to 1GHz — and even farther beyond. While the basic role — conversion — is still the main role of an optical node, troubleshooting the node needs to look past just the flashing red LEDs indicating a problem. Fortunately, there are tangible steps to take to find the heart of the issue.

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Making an optical signal convert into RF signals carried over coaxial cable is the “special sauce” that defines the Hybrid Fiber Coax network. But as the node grows more complex, so do the attendant challenges as operators push the bandwidth envelope to 1GHz — and even farther beyond. While the basic role — conversion — is still the main role of an optical node, troubleshooting the node needs to look past just the flashing red LEDs indicating a problem. Fortunately, there are tangible steps to take to find the heart of the issue.

In this installment of Best Practices, Tom Gorman, Founder and President of opXL, LLC, takes you through some key troubleshooting tips to make the fiber node — the key to the HFC system— back online, quickly.

This issue of Best Practices is sponsored by ARRIS.

Fiber Node Troubleshooting
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