Designing and Installing Fiber Optic TAPs in your Network

  • Wednesday, 04/05/2017: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Room: 515B
  • Session Number:  SEC1:


Fiber optic port tapping is a smart way to monitor network traffic for performance, to identify network trouble spots, and to analyze security risks in the organization. Designing and installing Fiber Optic TAPs presents multiple challenges as you need to minimize the loss associated with additional network connections, keep the length of your network channels within TIA limits, and you want to minimize the rack space required to do it. Fiber Optic Network TAPS are valuable tools in today’s data centers, enterprise networks and government installations. The capability to monitor and analyze network traffic can be invaluable in protecting your organization's security, optimizing existing networks resources and determining appropriate tech upgrade requirements. But designing and installing network TAPs can be a chore. You want to take advantage of the benefits of the network TAP without sacrificing the flexibility and performance of your network. This presentation covers techniques and tactics to install Fiber Optic Network TAPS, while maintaining your link loss budget, staying within TIA network channel lengths, and maintaining network polarity throughout. We also cover the pros and cons of both active and passive TAP systems, as well as stand-alone rack-mounted systems vs. integrated TAP devices.

Learning Objectives

Understand the impact of additional connection points and channel distance of network TAPs; the difference between integrated TAP devices and stand-alone TAP devices; and the range of TAP device options and network design techniques.


Dave Mullen

Senior Product Manager, Fiber Optic Systems
Leviton Network Solutions