Passive Optical LAN


Passive Optical Networking

If your network is struggling to keep pace with an increase in demand for IP Services, MLR Networks may be able to help you look at it a different way?

MLR Networks helps businesses see technology the right way... such as a solution which allows all of a buildings voice, video and data IP services to be carried over a single fibre optic infrastructure instead of over multiple copper-based systems.


The demand for more connectivity often brings with it the demand for more data cabling. Whilst in new buildings, this may be easy to address, there are plenty of scenarios where installing new copper cabling isn’t practical. This may be because of the age of the building, the amount of disruption a large installation would cause or simply the cost of installing additional copper cabling and traditional Ethernet switches.


The solution may be a move away from a traditional copper based Cat5e or Cat6 cabling system to a passive optical networking (POL) solution. Copper cabling has evolved over time allowing greater throughput and better quality of IP services to be delivered. However, whether it be a legacy Cat4 or Cat5 network or the latest and greatest Cat6 or Cat7, it is still twisted pairs of copper that have the same restrictions in terms of distance limitations. By using a POL all of a buildings voice, video and data can be carried over a single fibre optic infrastructure instead of over multiple copper-based systems.


A passive optical LAN (POL) is a network that uses a single optical fibre to serve multiple locations. The network is distributed via a series of passive fibre optic splitters, usually located on every floor of the building. The splitters require no power, produce no heat, and can be installed in electric closets, in their own dedicated closets or behind access doors in walls or ceilings.

From each splitter up to 64 additional single fibre optic cables can be run to other locations where an optical network terminals (ONTs) will be used. The ONTs work like small switch and provide local Ethernet connectivity to a range of devices and where necessary, deliver PoE. Installing the network in this way reduces power consumption, extends of the overall distance of the network and keeps additional copper cabling to a minimum.



A Passive Optical LAN solution from MLR Networks provides compelling benefits over the traditional copper LAN approach. Tremendous savings are realised in every aspect of a deployment.

Lower Capital Costs versus Traditional Copper Based Solutions

No Remote Cabinets or Switches

Lower Operational Costs - No HVAC for Wiring Closets

Highly Secure and Reliable

Massive Reduction in Floor and Rack Space consumption

The combination of capital and operational cost savings equate to significant benefits – CAPEX, OPEX and TCO.



A passive optical LAN (POL) can replace multiple copper cables with a single fibre optic infrastructure to carry voice, video, and data, via a series of passive splitters, removing the need for remote cabinets.

A passive optical LAN (POL) will help to reduce ongoing monthly costs, as it uses less power, produces less heat and can reduce energy consumption by up to 84%.

A passive optical LAN (POL) is a revolution in IP connectivity; contact MLR Networks to see how this exciting new technology could help your business.