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Testing Fiber Optics?
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EDUCAUSE Network Managers,
While seemingly rare, we have recently had some issues with our fiber optics network and I am wondering what options many of you use for testing fiber optics when necessary. We have mostly multimode though there is some single mode.
1. Do you simply call in a contractor or electrician with appropriate fiber testing equipment to do your testing when needed?
2. Do you own your own equipment? and if so, what equipment do you have? Roughly how much does it cost?
3. Or do you just do crude testing with a flashlight or something before calling in an expert if necessary?
4. Given the tightness of our budget, do any of you use anything under $1k that you would suggest gives value in testing, or are the practical fiber optic testing equipment well over $1k?
Thanks in advance for any responses.