Real-world 1000baseZX distance

I work for a power company that runs fiber optic commincations on transmission
lines. The
fiber is contained in the "static" ground wire on the top of the transmission
line (above the
three conductors). We use this for both ethernet (1000Base[LZ]X) and Sonet
(OC-12 and OC-48).
We are planning a 56 mile run. The fiber team expects to have at least 55
splices, and
expects a best-case 22dB loss along the entire span.
Will a normal "ZX" GBIC reach that far? What can we do to improve our chances?
For example,
are there "better" types of singlemode fiber that we can run instead of the 9nm
core we
normally specify; or, perhaps, would I be better off using a CWDM gbic of a
particular color
instead of 1510nm?
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Daniel J McDonald
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lines. The
line (above the
(OC-12 and OC-48).
Howdy Daniel,
Sounds like a very interesting installation!
chances? For example,
particular color
The short answer is that some GBIC's might reach that far, others may not. And yes, there are better (low-dispersion and/or low-loss) fiber to be had.
The longer answer is that as you indicated, there are other factors in how long a span can be besides the "reach" that the optic is "rated" for. Not only do you have the particular model of optical module (with its power-output level, extinction ratio, receiver sensitivity and dispersion tolerance), but you have the fiber affecting the signal as well. I'm not an expert in that area, so for an application like this, I'd recommend doing more research... but for installation that would be as difficult as this one to work on, it might be worth researching something in like non zero-dispersion-shifted fibers (NZ- DSF).You have an advantage that you aren't trying to do 10G (at least right now)... so that helps the dispersion side of things a great deal.
On the module front, you might have better luck with SFP's. Since that is where all the growth is, optical vendors have put more R&D into further reach parts (you can find 120 km optics if you look hard enough).
I'd be very tempted to set up the exact fiber, with splices and connectors, if at all possible. I would also ask the fiber vendor and optical equipment vendor for advice. I'd hope that they would provide such advice for free - I expect some do and some don't. Just don't let them tell you that power level is all you need to worry about.
Good luck,
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You may get better results using non-zero dispersion shift SM fiber (alternating positive and negative shifts).
Considering the cost and the efforts involved in the project: I would NOT based my design on an advice I picked up on Usenet, no matter how valuable. Pick two vendors you'd go forward with - one for the fiber equipment and one for the active Ethernet equipment and have their engineers provide you with a design. In fact, you might already be using someone's equipment preferentially - so why don't you just give those guys a call and make them come up with a design they will stand behind in case you run into any unexpected issues there?
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"Dmitri(" wrote
also - see if you can get the number of field splices reduced - splice losses may well dominate the link budget with so many.
I have seen similar o/head fibre with 4 Km cable sections.
stephen - replace xyz with ntl
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