Low cost fiber optic network node

The node includes plural optical receivers and transmitters. Each receiver and each transmitter of the node is connected to a user terminal by fiber optic cables. The output of each of the node receivers is electrically combined. Splitting logic is also included for splitting the electrical output of the receivers to serve as an input to the plural optical transmitters. The node may be used as an expansion mode or as a head-end unit. The optical receivers and transmitters have a low cost so that the overall node is approximately one fifth the cost of comparable nodes utilizing passive optical stars.

Patent #: 4805234 Issue Date: July 14, 1989