Fully Integrated Network Management for FSO Systems

March 12, 2003
Hannover Germany and Vancouver, Canada, March 12, 2003. fSONA has introduced a fully integrated and embedded network management system for the SONAbeam FSO product line. fSONA's new Integrated Network Management (INM) provides network operations personnel with unprecedented control and monitoring of their FSO equipment via a directly IP addressable connection to the SONAbeam embedded processor.

Hannover Germany and Vancouver, Canada, March 12, 2003. fSONA has introduced a fully integrated and embedded network management system for the SONAbeam FSO product line. fSONA's new Integrated Network Management (INM) provides network operations personnel with unprecedented control and monitoring of their FSO equipment via a directly IP addressable connection to the SONAbeam embedded processor.

Carrier customers as well as emerging and progressive service providers managing evolving or large scale deployments of FSO systems will find the integrated network management features in fSONA's INM essential.

SONAbeam Integrated Network Management (INM) allows network engineers to assign an IP address to each terminal for monitoring and management over the Internet. In addition, each terminal keeps internal logs of fundamental performance parameters such as received signal strength, clock recovery status, and transmitter output power, as well as internal temperatures and assorted diagnostics, without the need for an external PC.

Advanced troubleshooting is provided through internal loop-back capability for both the near and far ends, which allows technical personnel to check the operation of a link at different stages along the data path for more efficient installation and performance assessment. The proprietary software included with each SONAbeam for monitoring and control of each terminal has also been upgraded with an enhanced graphical user interface that is highly intuitive.

In addition to the standard features that are included with every SONAbeam, the new management program offers two options. A fully embedded SNMP agent (i.e. no external proxy box required) is offered for management of multiple network devices. And 'Far End Terminal Management' allows the network manager to access monitoring information through the Free Space Optical link itself. This means that a network manager need only connect one side of a link (via RS232 or IP address) to the network to access both the near and far end terminals.

For more information, visit www.fsona.com .

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