Category: MSO

Dirty Fiber? Let’s Take Care of That!

We’ve all heard it a thousand times. Make sure you clean your fiber. Really, how important is it? If you have a brand new fiber that you’ve just taken out of the package, can’t you just skip cleaning? Just this once? I know you’re not likely to have the discipline to clean every fiber at… Read more »

The Structured Approach to Network Troubleshooting

Have you been on the receiving end of a call informing you that there was an “impacting event”, “service-affecting outage”, or “mission-critical failure”? If so, it probably came at the least opportune time; sitting down at a restaurant, just as you’re getting off work, or even in the middle of the night. This inspires a… Read more »

Top 5 Essential Tools Every Technician Needs

Having the right tool for the job is such a common-place phrase for good reason! Whether you are a network technician, a plumber, or a dentist, having the proper tools in your tool kit makes you more effective, efficient, and can help guarantee the highest quality of the job at hand. For a network technician,… Read more »

Bottlenecks Be Gone! Unleashing the Potential of 5G

            5G is here, and the world-wide rollout is ongoing. 5G is more than simply a faster signal to your cellphone. It’s an evolution across the entire network ecosystem. It promises blazing fast speeds, lower latency, and improved overall coverage to support the full potential of the growing Internet of Things (IoT)…. Read more »

What’s New in 2022?

We’re all tired of hearing about “these unprecedented times”, but the pandemic has introduced some challenges and novel situations. Increased demand in the telecommunications and automotive industries paired with procurement, shipping, and delivery issues gives us the constricted supply chain we have now. This results in some pain when trying to get things done on… Read more »

Easily Upgrade Your Network with the SFP28

When thinking about choosing the SFP+ to SFP28 transceiver upgrade path, think of buying a brand new house, with an unfinished basement. It may not be ready for use upon move-in, but the potential to add those finishing touches are there! You have the capacity to do so much more with your house than they’d… Read more »

Seamless Integration with Semi-Custom Optics

When it comes to network architectures, there is never a one size that fits all solution. Distance, data rate, and density of the network connections can vary from one deployment to the next which ultimately drive your optical requirements. All of these requirements can also drive a network engineer crazy! Trying to reach those extra… Read more »

QSFP-DDs: The Benefits and Realities

The March of Time There was once a time when T1 speeds of 1.544 Mbps were considered a blazing uplink and a 10Mb half-duplex LAN got the job done. However, time and technology do not stand still and 200Gbps and 400Gbps links are in production networks now around the globe. These link speeds are moving… Read more »

Our Suite of Smart Coder’s and 5 Best Use Cases

Whether you’ve been using Integra’s Smart Coders for years or you’re just getting started, our suite of Smart Coders help customers save time and money by efficiently sparing optics and optimizing workflows. Having the ability to recode transceivers to different platforms and select channels on tunable optics decreases your need for a large pool of… Read more »

Top 10 Tips: How to Ensure Your Fiber Serves You Well

Selecting fiber for your project is not always as easy as you would hope it would be. With so many variations available, picking the correct ones can seem to be an overwhelming task. You also are focusing on making sure your selection is going to be reliable for as long as possible for as long… Read more »