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I have recently taken over the roles and responsibiliteis of someone who spent the last 20 years managing our campus fiber backbone. As you can imagine, there was some knowledge that walked out the door. We are in the process making decisions on how many strands of fiber, and what kind, to pull to buildings going through renovations. Each of these buildings are getting new data closets with upgraded equipment. As a team, we decided multi mode fiber may not be needed in a couple buildings because of who will be occupying the location. Because of that, we are wonder what might be best practice in determining how many strands of single mode fiber we should pull in. In one building we have 4 strands of single mode going to a location where we are considering not pulling multi mode. So the question is…how many strands of single mode should we have going to that location with scalability and flexibility in mind? My immediate/limited experience with structured cabling has me wondering if anyone has come across this type of scenario, and what they did about it?
Mike Finnel | Technical Services Supervisor | Marquette University IT Services | 414-288-8010