9 BENEFITS In nine ways, this manual simplifies and accelerates your fiber optic network design process. First, it leads the designer through an organized and logical, 14-step process. The author developed this process from training more than three thousand professionals during the last 22 years. Second, it provides an extensive list of specifications that the designer needs to consider for each component. Third, it provides typical values for these specifications. Fourth, it identifies the situations in which such specifications are appropriate. Fifth, it provides a package of forms that the designer can use in his design activities. These forms accelerate the design process by including information that would take months to develop. Sixth, it includes subjects, like range testing and certification strategies, that are not found elsewhere. Seventh, from conversations with more than ten thousand designers, end users, installers, fiber optic professionals and clients, it includes the lessons learned, both by successful design activities and oversights. Eighth, it includes many practical considerations. Ninth, it provides review questions for most chapters, so that the designer can test his understanding of the material presented. This manual helps the designer avoid overlooking important considerations, determine a combination of components that achieves low total installed cost, design to meet future bandwidth requirements, and design a network based on existing standards.