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Stony Brook Lays in Motorola Passive Optical Network

Stony Brook University in New York has deployed a passive optical network (PON) in its Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. A PON configuration cuts down on the amount of fiber and other equipment required for operations compared to a traditional point to point architecture. Because this infrastructure requires a major capital investment, it is viewed as a networking solution in environments seeking a long-term LAN strategy.

Stony Brook's installation uses gear from Motorola, which it brands as a passive optical LAN (POL). The POL solution includes the Motorola AXS1800 enterprise aggregation switch, the Motorola ONT1120GE workgroup terminal (WGT), the WT21004 WGT with power-over-Ethernet (PoE), and the Motorola AXSvision--an interface for monitoring and managing the network.

Motorola partnered with Verizon Business and ADC to implement the all-fiber enterprise LAN infrastructure. Benefits, according to the company, include rapid return on investment, high security, reliability, and reduced energy requirements compared to a traditional LAN architecture.

The Center of Excellence at Stony Brook is a $250 million partnership between the State of New York, academia, and businesses.

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