issue 29SUMMER 2017
Tester’s Choice - Essential Fiber Optic Test EquipmentFor those people who are new to fiber optics, our featured article, covers the basic equipment and methods for testing fiber optic links. Similarly, future issues of WaveLengths will shed light on installing and testing wireless and copper-wire segments of a network.
issue 28SPRING 2017
5G Wireless - All it's cracked up to be?The BIG news is that 5G will enable the widespread deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT). Be sure to check out my featured article our featured article, which reveals how profoundly 5G and IoT will affect our lives.
issue 27WINTER 2016
2017 Wavelengths Technology PredictionsIt’s that time of year again, when many publications are making predictions about the year ahead. Those discussions invariably focus onthe Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and a dozen other topics for which much has already been written.
Continue to read more about it in our featured article.
issue 26FALL 2016
Pipe Dreams: Advances In Cable JettingEssentially, microducts are a bundle of small tubes through which micro cables can be easily installed, and removed, via cable jetting. By using microducts, you can swap out fiber when the time comes to upgrade your system. You can also leave some of the microducts empty, which enables you to add additional fiber when you need to add bandwidth capacity or route fiber to new applications.
Read all about it in our featured article, which further explains microducts and cable jetting, and their growing appeal for in-building (premise) applications.
issue 25SUMMER 2016
Public Safety DASIn an emergency, the situation worsens with every tick of the clock. Public Safety DAS enables first responders to provide life saving assistance more quickly. Read all about it in our featured article.
issue 24SPRING 2016
Lighting Dark FiberHunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, predicts explosive demand for carrier-neutral broadband networks. Hunter shares his insights in this exclusive WaveLengths interview.
issue 23WINTER 2015
Drones - Telco Take FlightMajor telecommunication companies, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, are investing heavily in drone technology. Some of these firms have been purchasing drone manufacturing companies and are working with government agencies, including NASA, to get their drone initiatives off the ground. --> Read More
issue 22FALL 2015
A Tale of Two (Smart) CitiesBecoming a “Smart City” is an objective of many cities today. Smart City technology promises huge savings for city governments while enhancing the quality of life for city residents.
Smart Cities rely on computer networks, sensors and automated control devices that enable the precise, coordinated control over all functions of a city. These functions include traffic control, dispatching, power distribution,
waste management and lighting systems to name just a few. --> Read More
issue 21SUMMER 2015
From Mind to Marketplace in 24 HoursEmpowered by new tools and technologies, independent product designers are poised to give traditional manufacturers a run for their money.... --> Read More
issue 20SPRING 2015I once thought that “preppers” were odd people. They always seemed focused on preparing for some unlikely disaster of one kind or another. I couldn’t understand their obsession and their belief that some type of major disaster was inevitable.
Now I Get It... --> Read More
issue 19WINTER 20152015 is the year in which solar energy reaches price parity with fossil fuels. Let that sink in for a moment; the implications are enormous.
Almost overnight, every home, business and vacant lot has become a potential energy source. Solar panel systems on homes and businesses are being tied to the power grid, helping our nation meet increasing demand for energy without having to invest in new power plants, or even fuel for that matter. On the consumer side, the prospect of "selling" energy back to the power company seems too good to pass up. Many consumers are eager to enter into solar energy contracts now being offered by third-party Solar Services Providers.
However, before you sign on the dotted line, there are important things you should know about these contracts. This issue of WaveLengths will shed sunlight on the matter.
issue 18FALL 2014A NID (Network Interface Device) is a device that is used to interface two different types of networks so that they can communicate with one another. For example, in communities that have fiber to the home the NID is that little box on the side of each house; it is used to interface long haul optical fiber with the copper wire inside the home.
A unique type of NID is now under development. This device will interface full-scale classic networks with tiny networks that operate on the molecular scale. Read all about emerging "nanonetworks" in our exclusive article.
issue 17SUMMER 2014You may have noticed that recent issues of WaveLengths Magazine have included manufacturing topics. Increasingly, network technologies are being deployed within manufacturing facilities and processing plants in lieu of single-purpose computers and equipment. This issue's exclusive article about Industrial Ethernet explains what is happening, and why this represents new opportunities for network contractors and technicians.
Our fall issue will go even further. We plan to be the very first publication to provide a comprehensive look at how nanotechnology will affect communication networks. The pace of change is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, and WaveLengths is committed to keeping you, our valued reader, informed.
issue 16SPRING 2014Well, spring has sprung, and we eagerly await the appearance of those first signs of mild weather. Keep an eye on the willow trees. They’re usually the first to pop.
Another thing popping up everywhere these days are LED’s. Now used extensively for lighting, LED’s are on the verge of becoming a key communications technology as well. Be sure to check out the article on page 10, which explains how conventional LED’s can transmit data wirelessly (via light) without taking up one iota of space on the radio frequency spectrum. It’s called Li-Fi, and may replace Wi-Fi in many applications.
In theory, any household electrical device that has an LED can transmit data. Now excuse me, I see a light flashing on the coffee pot in the kitchen. Either my coffee is ready or someone is sending me an email.