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A low-cost man-portable free-space optics communication device for Ethernet applications

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Authors
Perera, Janaka P.
Subjects
Free-space optics (FSO)
Ethernet communicator
Laser communicator
Fast-Ethernet device
Advisors
Karunasiri, Gamani
Yun, Xiaoping
Date of Issue
2004-12
Date
December 2004
Publisher
Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This thesis sought to design and implement a low-cost, portable, Free-Space Optics (FSO) communications device for Ethernet applications. Under some circumstances such a device would have utility at a Combat Operations Center (COC), a Field Artillery Position, or wherever else fiber optic cable is used in garrison or field. The design was based on commercial off the shelf components originally designed for fiber optic applications. Based on a 155 megabits per second (Mbps) media converter, the design used two fiber optic transceivers, coupled to collimating lenses to pass data over free-space. Sustained data rate of 100 Mbps was achieved with full network functionality on the optical bench with a low-power (0.5mW) laser diode transmitter without focusing optics on the receiver. The laser diode power(mounted on device), was measured with acceptable losses up to 300 ft during testing using a photodiode with focusing optics. The findings indicate that the system with proper collecting optics could be optimized for free-space communication at short to moderate ranges.
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Thesis
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Department
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
xvi, 52 p. : ill. (some col.)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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