Typical fiber connectivity requires dual strand fiber for two endpoints of the optical full-duplex network; the first one is used for transmission and the second for reception. However, this can be optimized by using single strand fiber optical transceivers that enable Bi-directional full-duplex operation of transmit and receive signals over a single strand fiber by using separate wavelengths – e.g. 1310nm/1490nm or 1310/1550nm. While BiDi transmission systems save fibers they make monitoring the data traffic more difficult. How to distinguish between TX and RX direction?
The CUBRO optical BiDi TAP is the right answer to this challenge. On the one hand it passes the BiDi Traffic fully transparent through while on the other hand it features two independent monitoring outputs – one for each direction. Thus it allows capturing, decoding and troubleshooting per direction. Moreover, the CUBRO optical BiDi TAP is also available with Aggregation Converter functionality. In this case the link traffic of both directions is aggregated and converted to a single 1000B-T monitoring output.
The network section of the CUBRO optical BiDi TAP is broadband. That means it covers every wavelength between 1290 and 1610nm. Thus it can be used for different TX and RX wavelength combinations such as 1310nm/1490nm, 1310nm/1550nm or 1490nm/1550nm.