OSP Expert: Don McCarty

Field Test Sets for Provisioning and Maintaining the Copper Infrastructure

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Round 4 This column is the 4th in a series about test sets. I began by writing about the 965 — an industry favorite that will no longer be produced. Then I moved to a few of the test sets that are excellent replacements including: the Megger HT1000/2, the JDSU HST3000, and today I write about the EXFO MaxTester 635. If you asked which of these 3 is best, I could only answer that each of them is an excellent option and which is best depends on your specific needs: The capabilities of the techs using it, the most common…

Field Test Sets for Provisioning and Maintaining the Copper Infrastructure

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Round 2 To recap from last month’s column, field technicians use many different test sets from multiple vendors to provision and maintain the copper infrastructure. Last month, I reviewed the test set that seemed to me to offer a good combination of features, dependability, accuracy, price and ease of use: the Dynatel 965AMS. I also wrote that beginning with the next column, I would begin looking at “replacement” sets given the 965 is no longer produced. In writing about alternative test sets to the 965, I’m hoping that we can begin a dialog about what features you most want to…

Field Test Sets for Provisioning and Maintaining the Copper Infrastructure

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To provision and maintain the copper infrastructure, field technicians use many different test sets from multiple vendors. Field technicians and managers constantly ask me which is my favorite multi-functional test set and I consistently maintain my objectivity and neutral stance. There are always upsides and downsides to each test set — it’s how the vendors differentiate and market their products. I wish I could take the best features from every vendor’s set and put them in one test set with a simple step-by-step flow chart for using any feature, that would be my favorite, but that doesn’t happen — and…

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