FOA’s Fiber Optic “Loss Budget Calculator” iPad App
Next time you are out on a jobsite testing a fiber optic link and you need to know whether your test results are within reason, or better yet, make a pass/fail determination, you can simply whip out your iPad and use the FREE iPad app: FOA LossCalc. The Fiber Optic Association ( a not-for-profit professional society of fiber optics) offers this free application in the iTunes store.
The FOA also states that by using this program, designers of a link can determine if communications equipment will operate of the link.
So how easy is this app to use? Simply put in your data:
- Multimode or singlemode (the app has default specs or you can create your own)
- length of the fiber
- number of connections/splices
and the calculator will return the end-to-end loss of the link.