Provides step-by-step instruction on how to complete each fiber optic task. Enhanced with high quality graphics. When designing a fiber optic system, one of the most important design elements is the "Optical Loss Budget," a detailed calculation of the optical power available at the output of the transmitting source, the optical power required at the receiver's detector, and the dissipation or attenuation of optical power in the optical path between transmitter and receiver. In essence, the Optical Loss Budget is a statement of how the optical power available will be used. Learn how to do optical loss budgets for Local Area Networks per the TIA/EIA 568B standard, Wide Area Networks in telecommunications, and CATV networks using singlemode fiber. In addition, "not to exceed" loss budgets for contractors are demonstrated. Covers the System Design Process, Loss Budgeting Examples, and Review of Design Options.