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Hello this is Britt. Today I am going to give a brief overview of Optical Zonu’s JS14 managed switch module. Independent of management and control, the JS14 is a 5-port layer 2 managed Ethernet switch. There are four RJ45 ports on the JS14 and a 5th Gigabit Ethernet port is realized by Optical Zonu’s patented small form factor pluggable optical transceiver (SFP). There is also an RJ45 connector for local console management and control. There are status LEDs that provide the status of the switch as well as the SFP and the JS14 module itself. There is a USB connector to connect to various chassis that are to be monitored and controlled. Optical Zonu’s SFP is a standard MSA transceiver that will communicate with any other SFP. The SFPs incorporate Optical Zonu’s patented micro-OTDR technology. Using this technology, fiber faults can be quickly located and repaired. Optical Zonu’s Gigabit Ethernet SFP is an MSA compliant module, so it will communicate with any other SFP. When used together with another Optical Zonu SFP, Optical Zonu’s patented micro-OTDR technology may be employed for quickly locating and repairing fiber faults.

The JS14 module plugs into a variety of Optical Zonu chassis including the 1RU J-Chassis, the single slot J- module enclosure, and the newer 3RU J3U chassis. A major advantage of using the JS14 managed switch module, is its capability of managing multiple Optical Zonu chassis, and perhaps even multiple racks of chassis. Some systems may require a dedicated management module in each chassis and then perhaps a dedicated IP address for each chassis. Optical Zonu’s JS14 module may reside in a single chassis and be connected via serial USB to multiple other chassis to be monitored. If the JS14 module is to manage and control a single chassis, a dedicated USB connection would be made from the JS14 module to a mini-USB connector in the chassis to be monitored. If the JS14 module is to monitor multiple chassis, or multiple racks of chassis, there would be a dedicated serial USB connection from the JS14 to a dedicated USB hub which in turn would connect to all the Optical Zonu equipment to be monitored. All these Optical Zonu chassis that can be managed have a mini-USB connector. On the 1RU J-Chassis, that mini-USB connector is on the front. On the 3RU J3U chassis, the mini-USB connectors are on the back. Both the eFiberSat indoor unit (IDU) as well as the OZC9500 chassis may be monitored and controlled via USB connection. Also, the single slot J-Chassis enclosure may be monitored with a mini-USB connector. The eFiberSat outdoor unit can also be monitored with the S14 via an optical datalink connection between the SFP in the eFiberSat outdoor unit and the SFP in the eFiberSat indoor unit.

After all Optical Zonu equipment to be monitored is connected to the JS14 module via serial USB, there are four ways for the user to interface to Optical Zonu’s management and control. First is a simple console command line interface which can be accessed over the Internet or locally via the RJ45 on the JS14 module. Optical Zonu also supplies an embedded web user interface which shows basic tables of information for the system. One may interface via Optical Zonu’s graphical user interface (GUI), and the JS14 module supports SNMP v2 and v3. Now I will show some actual examples of the user interfaces.

The basic ways to interface to the JS14 managed switch is via SSH application by opening a terminal into the switch and communicating via command line interface (CLI). One may also log into the IP address of the JS14 managed switch and use a simple tabular web user interface. One may use Optical Zonu’s graphical user interface. One may develop their own application using SNMP v2 and/or v3. All the applications reside within the agent of the JS14 module, so no external program is required other than a web browser.

With the command line interface (CLI) one may set up the network IP addresses and add user accounts to the JS14 managed switch. One can show all the chassis currently being monitored by the switch. One can display the details of a specific chassis as well as the specific slots within a chassis. One may display the status of the JS14 switch ports, and one may set SNMP parameters, among other things.

The tabular web user interface presents the same information essentially as the command line interface. One may get a listing of all the chassis and devices currently being monitored by the JS14. One can look at the inventory or essentially the status of all the modules currently housed by a particular chassis. We can track all the alarms currently being reported by the system. One can see the status of the switch itself – all the switch ports and the SFP. We can adjust the settings of the SNMP v2 and v3. We can set up all JS14 addressing and connections to network time servers. We can perform firmware updates remotely.

Using the Optical Zonu J-Control graphical user interface, we can look at the system at multiple levels. We can define multiple racks of equipment. We can look at the particular characteristics of a specific chassis within the system. We can drill down to see specific parameters and status of a particular module within a system. This module happens to be a dual receiver so there are subslots within this module – receiver 1, receiver 2. We can also get status on the switch itself as well as on the power supply. The graphical user interface also saves a complete log of events for the entire system.

This has been a brief overview of the Optical Zonu JS14 managed switch module. For more information, please visit our website at Thank you.

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