Raspberry Pi Tower Monitor

Raspberry Pi Tower Monitor

Having active equipment run at remote sites has always been worrisome with heat waves, but typically you have a few spare devices that you just use to replace failed equipment. Now, cabinets do exist that provide heaters or air conditioning, but lets be real. Those are expensive. More expensive than a couple switch or UPS replacements over 10 years, and you have to perform maintenance on them every year. Has this ever happened to you? You are poor, and can’t…

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Historical ONT Light Levels

Historical ONT Light Levels

This feature has been requested for years by our team and I have never had the time to really dive in and add the functionality. Since the FMS has been transitioning to a microservice backend, it was further put off and continued to be put off as the FMS core functionality was migrated. Upon discussion in a Calix Community thread, it brought the idea back to the front burner. In addition, we’ve had a higher number of devices reporting low…

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Alpha 221c LED Sign

Alpha 221c LED Sign

Covid-19 is here, and I’ve been keeping to myself a lot more after work. For reference, our office is currently an old school that we have been squatting in for a couple years, and one of the old buildings had an LED sign that dated back to the late 80’s. This thing came with a power supply and nothing else. No documents and no keyboard to program it, nada. Also, no documentation was found for this specific model online. After…

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Calix AXOS Console Cable

Calix AXOS Console Cable

Recently we ran into an issue where we were required to get into a E3-16F with a console cable. This was due to a downgrade from R3.1.4 to R2.3.3.2. Such a downgrade causes the updated configuration file to not be read correctly and throws a running suspect alarm in the unit. The unit boots with no problem, but it was totally inaccessible from any interface. The solution was to use a console cable. Calix does not provide console cables, nor…

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Calix Activate Integration

Calix Activate Integration

Last year Calix released Activate under their compass suite. Activate was branded to be the next iteration of SDN for their AXOS enabled products. At first I was told that Activate was going to eventually take the role of what CMS currently does, but as it stands right now, is only used for managing E3 and E5 G.fast devices. Which is why I had to start using it. Late last summer we got a shipment of about 20 E3-16F units….

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FMS Q1, 2017 Checkpoint

FMS Q1, 2017 Checkpoint

I haven’t made a post since late October, and I felt one was needed. It won’t be long, I don’t have time right now, but I can give a quick update on what has occurred. I am currently in the winter term of my Senior year, and I am hoping to be done by June, 2017. I am taking Systems Analysis and Design, Networking and Telecom, Project Management and Marking. :-/ Given that, my gears are shifting. I am doing…

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Field Tech Console Update

Field Tech Console Update

Earlier this year, I made a post regarding ¬†a new module called the Field Tech Console. If you haven’t read it, I’ll give a quick breakdown of what it does. I’ve updated a few functions, so this is the latest rundown of its abilities: Tracks location and time of installer while they process a calendar event Allows provisioning of CXNK related ONT’s through the Calix Management System and Compass Allow management to manage by exception and view installer performance without…

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No light at the end of the tunnel

No light at the end of the tunnel

I figured it was time to update this blog a bit, give a quick update on changes I have been making within the FMS. I haven’t died, or quit, I have just been quiet. Since my last post, a few things have happened. Calix released E3 G.fast units. This is cool, but has been difficult to get around to. The FMS was built to work with CMS and its NBI. G.fast can hang under an E7 (or at least in…

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Possible future of the FMS

Possible future of the FMS

It has been a few weeks since I wrote a post regarding the FMS. I have actually been busy writing a new module for outside plant management. I have also been chugging away at my classes, anticipating being out for the summer. Finally, I have been thinking a lot about the future of the FMS. According to classic economic theory, I would be not be writing this system if my wages¬†outweighed the value of the system. It would be irrational….

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Field Tech Dashboard

Field Tech Dashboard

Well, as promised from my previous post, I am here to unveil the new module that will CHANGE THE WAY WE INSTALL FIBER CUSTOMERS (not really, but I like to think so). So naturally, after a fiber project is completely built out and operational, the time and effort needed to build a system is finally found and put to good use. During our initial build out, we hired contractors to assist in the deployment of ONT’s for our new fiber…

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