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Re: transcievers/amplifiers for 150 km fiber run

  • From: Francois Menard
  • Date: Sun Oct 12 08:39:12 2008

or you buy some boxes from BTI Photonics that specialize into taking GigE around the world...


François D. Ménard
[email protected]

On 11-Oct-08, at 12:25 PM, Lamar Owen wrote:

On Friday 10 October 2008 14:50:11 Fletcher Kittredge wrote:
We are looking to light a two strand fiber link of about 95 miles (or
150km). It would be worth a lot to us not to have repeaters. We are
hoping for Gigabit Ethernet. Sonet is possible but a less attractive
solution. Are there options for this sort of distance? The longest
current link we have is about 65 miles. I understand the transmission
characteristics of the fiber will effect distance of transmission.

EDFA's can extend your power budget a few dB. Chromatic dispersion could
still be an issue, though.

Used units that had previous homes in CATV supertrunk applications should work
well, at least for GigE; up to 120mW is easily possible (I have a few 65mW
(18.1dBm) EDFA's that came as part of a donation). You hit the input of the
EDFA with your ZX (1550nm) transceiver's transmit on each end, and don't look
at the lit fiber or even a reflection of the lit fiber (IOW, wear laser
safety goggles). And don't even think about looping the EDFA output back
around without many dB of attenuation.

At this power level you will have to use angle polish connectors at the EDFA
output (the green SC/SPC or FC/APC ones) or you can burn out the pump laser
with the reflections.

You also will need to notify your carrier's tech department of the power level
with which you're lighting that fiber, as even several km down fiber from an
EDFA is in Class IIIB laser territory.

A bare Cisco ZX GBIC or SFP is rated to light 70km of ordinary singlemoder
fiber, and up to 100km of either premium (low-loss) or dispersion- shifted
(which is also low-loss) singlemode fiber. The rated output is between 0 and
+5dBm (1 and 3.2 mW) for the ZX laser. The link budget is 23dB for the
standard ZX optics. With a high-gain EDFA outputting 13 more dBm of power
(20 times the power) you can get a link budget for loss of 36dB; which could
increase your range 40km, on ordinary fiber.

So, in a nutshell, you'd take the TX from a ZX SFP or GBIC, a few feet worth
of jumper to an EDFA, and light the fiber (with APC connectors only) from the
EDFA output. You do this at both ends.