Sept 2019 Updates

As of 9/11, we added the VerTek LLC OSP Handbook and the Alpha XM2-300 User Manual (English) and the Alpha XM2-300 Quick Start Guide (Spanish). if you don't see something you need, let us know, admin@vertekllc.com

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Welcome - Reference Library

Cable construction is a demanding trade. It's part craft and part science. There's equipment, materials, tools, chemicals, electricity, ladders, bucket trucks and more. There's ALWAYS something new to learn. Don't GUESS IT -  KNOW IT! Start with the OSP Handbook. 

REFERENCE MATERIAL FOR COAX AND FIBER CONSTRUCTION

FIBER OPTIC ASSOCIATION

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COMMSCOPE FIBER TO THE HOME

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NEW - Will be up soon

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Arris Presentation: Plant Design - Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) and Remote-PHY

Pocket Guides & Other Handbooks

ARRIS

Arris, now part of CommScope, published a Cable Technician Pocket Reference Material Guide with SCTE.

ALPHA

Alpha and SCTE published guides in English and Spanish for technicians working on construction, maintenance, and repair of power systems for telecommunications.

SCTE

In 2008, SCTE published a handbook of graphic symbols used on construction maps and diagrams in the broadband industry.

CORNING

 Direct-Buried Installation of Fiber Optic Cable 

USER MANUALS

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ALPHA Distributed Power Systems

Construction Reference Material - Nodes, Amplifiers, Line Extenders and Aerial Wi-Fi require power from distributed power supplies located throughout a cable system. 

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Alpha XM2-300HP CableUPS

 When used in applications requiring less power than traditional outside plant powering, you will experience increased efficiency and reduced operating costs. This 300 Watt power system features a much smaller footprint and is engineered for use in multiple dwelling units (MDU), business parks and node segmentations, as well as Fiber Deep, N+0 and N+1 plant extensions. Rated at 300 Watts with a 12V inverter, this power supply features an XM2 smart display and an optional DOCSIS-based status monitoring card. 


Click here for the XM2-300 SPANISH Quick Start Guide

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ALPHANET DSM Communication Cards

Alpha XM2 and XM3 power supplies provide a slot for a status monitoring module (cable modem +).

This link will take you to the documentation page on the Alpha website.

VIDEOS - Fiber Essentials

Prepping a Fiber Splice Case - Essential Construction Skills. We like this video. It covers securing the strength member, securing the buffer tubes, and installing the watertight seals. Remember, always maintain a clean, well-documented, and organized splice case.

Splicing Fiber Quick Review. We like this video, and will probably add a few of our own. 

One of the best lasher training videos we've seen. Tip, when you connect your bug nuts tuck the loose end of the lashing wire into the top of the bug nut space to protect the next tech's fingers. Warning - Some foul language.

VIDEOS - Coax Essentials

Prepping and connecting hardline to a passive device is becoming a lost art. Watch this video and you'll be on your way to become a master.

An old (but still good) Belden animation about how to prep and use a 3-Piece Connector. Now you know what those markings on the housings are for.

Videos - CONSTRUCTION BASICS

A Construction Overview of Directional Drilling/Boring

A construction overview of Stitch (Pneumatic) Boring

VIDEOS - SAFETY

Construction Reference Material - OSHA Bucket Truck Regulations - Fall Arrest

Understanding and Using the FVD in OSP Construction, Maintenance, and Repair

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER

The materials presented here are freely available on the Internet. VerTek, LLC makes no claims as to the validity, safety, or usefulness of these materials. 


Your safety and the safety of everyone working or standing near you is our greatest concern on a job site. Make sure that you understand each and every procedure and safety feature of your equipment, materials, and tools, including, but not limited to:

  • Bucket Truck
  • Ladder
  • Boring Equipment and Materials
  • Personal Safety Equipment (PSE)
  • Foreign Voltage Detector (FVD)
  • Footwear
  • Tools
  • Materials