Configuration tool speeds network tasks

Aspen Optics today unveiled the Aspen Optical Ethernet Configurator, a configuration tool for systems integrators and Internet service providers (ISPs) that generates recommendations on how to connect fiber optic networks.

The configuration tool is available at http://www.aspenoptics.com. Users select the switch models they want to connect and the distance between them. The configuration engine will recommend the best options to connect based on customer input. For each scenario, the tool will take into account the specifications of the hardware, compatibility, interoperability, transmission mode and the distance to be connected, Aspen Optics officials said.

As an open platform, systems integrators, ISPs and distributors can contact Aspen Optics if they want to use the configuration tool on their own Web sites, company representatives added.

Questions about how to connect optical networks with copper or fiber cables can be answered with a few clicks, Aspen Optics said. The configurator dramatically speeds up tasks that used to require considerable trial and error, company officials said.

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