FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Network Design
And Study Guide To FOA Certification
 FOA Guide To Fiber Optic Network Design

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 FOA Guide to network Design Spanish edition

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April 2016

7.0" x 10.0" (17.78 x 25.40 cm)

Paperback, Black & White on White paper

220 pages

ISBN-10: 153088635X

ISBN-13: 9781530886357

$24.95, Kindle $9.95

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Available in Spanish Online 

A new textbook for training or studying for FOA CFOS/D and other certifications, and...
An up-to-date reference on fiber optic design for the contractor, installer, designer, project manager, facilities manager and user.

  • New reference book and textbook for FOA CFOS/D certification classes
  • Based-on and complementary to The FOA Online Reference Guide
  • Arranged logically for teaching  or use as a reference by network owners, project managers, facility managers, installers and technicians
  • Overview of fiber optics for those new to the technology (Chapter 2)
  • Keyed to available FOA Instructor curriculum materials 
  • Available from the FOA  FOA eStore or worldwide
  • Reasonably priced, discounts for teachers
The purpose of this book is to provide a reference guide to those involved with the design of fiber optic networks or those teaching the personnel who will do this work. This book is also the reference guide for FOA CFOS/D Design Specialist certification.

As defined here, a fiber optic network is a communications system that operates over fiber optics, but is likely to also include copper cabling and wireless. With a subject so broad, it’s impossible to cover every aspect of the topic in depth. What will be covered in this book is primarily the basics of design of both premises and outside plant fiber optic cabling to support practically all types of communications systems.

It is assumed that the reader is familiar with basic fiber optic technology used for premises and outside plant networks at the level of a CFOT. If not, you should begin by studying general fiber optics using Chapter 2 - Jargon in this book, the other FOA textbooks, FOA Online Guide ( or take the basic self-study course at Fiber U (

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc., the nonprofit professional society of fiber optics, has become one of the principal sources of technical information, training curriculum and certifications for the cabling industry.

The FOA has always tried to provide the world with sources of technically correct, unbiased information on fiber optics using both print and electronic media. The FOA Online Reference Guide on the FOA website is probably the largest and most used reference site on fiber optics on the Internet. The FOA Online Reference Guide provides a readily-accessed reference for FOA certifications for those schools using electronic texts. For those who prefer printed materials, we offer this book, a basic reference for fiber optics and a study guide for FOA certifications. Supplementary materials with even more depth on many subjects, of course, will be on the FOA website.

The new FOA book uses state-of-the-art "publish on demand" technology where the book is printed when you order it using the latest printing technology. This new technology is less expensive than conventional publishing plus the cost of inventory is no longer an issue. We can also update the book easily to keep up with new technology, applications, and FOA programs. And using a web ordering and delivery system saves even more costs associated with the overhead and distribution of a conventional publisher. The FOA, a real non-profit organization working for the good of the industry, is passing these savings directly on to you!

Companion Curriculum
The FOA Reference Guide To Outside Plant Fiber Optics has a companion curriculum available from the FOA for trainers who want an instructor's guide, PowerPoint Slides, Student Lab manuals, etc. 
Contact FOA for more information.

Answers to chapter questions.

About the Author
Jim Hayes, current FOA President, has over 40 years experience in the fiber optic communications industry as an technologist, entrepreneur and trainer. He is a co-founder of the FOA, author of 8 textbooks on fiber optics and cabling and a columnist for several trade magazines.

Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Chapter 2 - Jargon
  • Chapter 3 - Standards And Codes
  • Chapter 4 - The Communications System
  • Chapter 5 - Cabling For The Application
  • Chapter 6 - Planning The Project
  • Chapter 7 - Project Documentation
  • Chapter 8 - Choosing Components
  • Chapter 9 - Power And Loss Budgets
  • Chapter 10 - Testing The Installed Network
  • Chapter 11 - Planning And Managing The Installation
  • Appendix A - References
  • Apprndix B - Definitions Of Terms
  • Appendix C - Estimating
  • Appendix D - Standard Project Management Processes
  • Appendix E - Case Studies


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