I am going to be putting in a CWDM network in the near future. Prior to deploying the gear I want to hook the stuff up and play with it.
I'll have two rings
Cat6500|MUX8A -> 3750E|OADM1-1490 -> 3750E|OADM1-1510 -> 3560E|OADM1-1530-> Cat6500|MUX8A
Then another using a second MUX8A
I have cabled everything using 3 ft cables but I have not turned it on. I have read about the signal being too strong on short runs and using attenuators.
I do have some of those (2db, 5db and 7Db) but I am not sure which I should use. I am afraid of burning out my SFPs in my test environment.
Can anyone shed some light on this and point me in a direction that'll allow me to turn on my test environment ??