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Calculating the EX 8200 series Switch Fiber-Optic Cable Power Budget

Calculate the link's power budget when planning fiber-optic cable layout and distances to ensure that fiber-optic connections have sufficient power for correct operation. The power budget is the maximum amount of power the link can transmit. When you calculate the power budget, you use a worst-case analysis to provide a margin of error, even though all the parts of an actual system do not operate at the worst-case levels.

To calculate the worst-case estimate for fiber-optic cable power budget (PB ) for the link:

  1. Determine values for the link's minimum transmitter power (PT ) and minimum receiver sensitivity (PR ). For example, here, (PT ) and (PR ) are measured in decibels, and decibels are referred to one milliwatt (dBm).

    PT = –15 dBm

    PR = –28 dBm

    Note: See the specifications for your transmitter and receiver to find the minimum transmitter power and minimum receiver sensitivity.

  2. Calculate the power budget (PB ) by subtracting (PR ) from (PT ):

    –15 dBm – (–28 dBm) = 13 dBm


Updated: 2009-04-09

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