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OneMode Delivers when Supply Chains Don't

Nov 2021
Digital Buildings Enterprise
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Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 access points.  Adding HD cameras to conference rooms to enhance the videoconferencing experience for remote workers.  Employees watching the latest assigned training videos.  All these things require bandwidth, and a lot of it.

This means your fiber optic backbone needs an upgrade.

You and your team start planning a project to upgrade the fiber backbone.  The main aspect of the plan is to remove the existing multimode fiber and replace it with singlemode optical fiber.  This will allow the network to run at 10G now, and faster when you need more speed in the future.

As you continue planning the project, it turns out to be more complicated than you had hoped.  It will require pulling down some ceiling tiles, interrupting the day-to-day activities in the office.  The contractor has said to plan for at least two days for the rip-and-replace project to be completed, but he is not sure when they can begin the work.  Because all the optical fibers are lit up, i.e., in use, the project will require shutting down services, and that disruption needs to be carefully scheduled, so contingency plans can be in place.  Moreover, management is putting pressure on you to get the project completed as quickly as possible. There are a lot of balls to juggle.

Finally, plans are in place, the contractor is tentatively scheduled, the bill of materials is complete, and the needed materials are ready for ordering.  You order the materials, and your distributor responds that because of supply chain challenges, the lead time for the singlemode optical fiber is triple what it normally would be. Ouch!

Panduit’s OneMode™ to the rescue!

OneMode is a passive media converter that allows the use of singlemode optical modules over legacy multimode fiber.  Instead of pulling out the old fiber, the performance of the legacy multimode fiber is upgraded with the installation of OneMode.

OneMode works by shaping the singlemode laser light so that it uses only the fundamental mode of the legacy multimode optical fiber.  All the limitations of the multimode fiber disappear, making it behave as if it were a singlemode fiber.

Installation is quick and straightforward.  Deploying OneMode only requires access to the ends of the legacy multimode fiber.  The fibers can be upgraded within hours with minimal disruption to operations.  Given that OneMode takes much less time than a rip-and-replace project, it is less expensive to deploy.

Learn more about how this solution could work in your facility at Or reach out to your local Panduit sales rep for a demo to see if this is the solution that your building needs.


Tom Kovanic

Tom Kovanic joined Panduit in 2009 and is currently Business Development Manager with Panduit Ventures. Tom has spent his entire engineering and business career in the video and communications segments. He is well versed in video acquisition and manipulation, optical and RF communications. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University.