Optical Local Area Networks are some of the new “buzz words” in the telecommunications industry. Commonly known as “OLAN” or “PON” (Passive Optical Network), these connections are gaining the attention (and sometimes even some raised eyebrows) from many IT professionals. Although extremely simplistic in their structure, these connections come with a list of benefits from their low costs, easy upgradability, as well as user-friendly standardization options.
What Makes an Optical LAN Different?
To deploy a more traditional infrastructure that could support video, voice, and data, it would require the installation and management of multiple networks with different cables, conduits, hardware and network support. This is not only time-consuming but costly as it requires a tremendous amount of energy and space to support the system.
PON allows you the ability to consolidate all your communications into a single network set up that’s easy to install and more cost-efficient to construct and maintain. It’s low maintenance, robust, fast, as well as highly secure. It does so by using optical fibers to support the entire permanent cable.
How Long Does Installation Take and Will it Impact the Office?
An OLAN installation is a less labor-intensive process, but the actual time frame will depend on the needs of your specific business. The good news is that a single optical fiber replaces about 8 other cables. The reduction in cables requires fewer racks and patch panels. Contractors generally report that installing an OLAN system is a relatively simplistic and …