Building a Splitter Favorite

A Splitter is a passive optical device that breaks light into a number of wavelengths to allow several users to utilize a single fiber. Splitters are also called fiber optic taps or even a last mile tap. They are utilized in passive optic networks (PONs) which are one type of network configuration to deliver fiber to the home (FTTH). A splitter has one or a few input ports and then a larger number of output ports. For example, a 1x8 splitter will have one input port to accept a single fiber and eight output ports that can be used to connect eight customers.

In Fiber Manager, a Splitter can be a stand-alone feature class; however, more commonly a Splitter is housed inside another component such as a Splice Case or Patch Location. To accommodate this setup, the Splitter is actually a related object to the other component. In the case of a Patch Location, the Splitter can belong to the Rack or directly to the Patch Location itself. If inside a Splice Case, the hierarchy of a typical Splitter looks like this:

  • Splice Case, which is the feature class sketch on the map

    • Splitter, which is considered a Passive Device housed within a Splice Case

      • Common Port, also known as an Input Port, which is where the incoming fiber is connected

        • Split Ports, also known as Output Ports, which is where the outgoing fibers are connected

Keep the following considerations in mind while building a favorite:

  • The best favorites are those that can be used repeatedly, so it is recommended to build your most common configurations first.

  • Building favorites occurs inside an ArcMap editing session. Save often!

The following topics build a 1 x 8 Splitter housed inside a Splice Case.

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