How to design Optigo Connect Spectra

Your shopping lists for high-rises, redundancy, and wide-footprint buildings
Optigo Connect Spectra shopping lists for high-rise and wide-footprint buildings

What’s the problem with a “one-size fits all” solution? It usually fits nothing. 

That’s why Optigo Connect networks are highly customizable and adaptive. With a wide variety of ways to alter the network design, Optigo can support all different building types. 

Check out our projects to see our work on stadiums, high-rises, data centres, and much more. 

Whether you’re working on a high-rise, a building with a wide footprint (e.g. data centre, shopping mall, and campus environments), or anything in between, the Optigo Connect family has you covered. 

Optigo Connect Spectra and Hybrid are two very different solutions, designed for all building projects. Not sure what you need? Learn more about the differences between Optigo Connect Hybrid and Spectra

To design a Spectra network, check out our shopping lists for high-rises, high-rises with redundancy, and wide-footprint buildings. 


Optigo Connect Spectra high-rise shopping list

The Connect Spectra high-rise is tremendously flexible, with the ability to stretch vertically and support a high device density on each floor. Here, we used a passive daisy chain topology to connect the Edge Switches. 

With Passive Optical Splitters, you can add a switch to every third floor only, and extend the reach up to 3x. Simply split where you need to make the most of your fiber’s reach. 

You can also add density with more ports per switch. We recommend starting with a 4-port switch, because it’s easy to upgrade to a larger model at anytime. You can increase your density up to 12x by installing switches with a greater port count, to support more devices now and well into the future. This makes the Optigo solution highly scalable for the unknown future. 

Download the complete high-rise shopping list.

High-rise with redundancy

Optigo Connect Spectra shopping list high-rise with redundancy

On high-rises with critical infrastructure, there are two options for redundancy to increase network reliability: Aggregation Switch and Path Redundancy. 

Generally, Aggregation Switch Redundancy is sufficient. It ensures that if one Aggregation Switch has a failure, a second Aggregation Switch will continue to drive the building.

Path Redundancy provides additional reliability by protecting failures of the Aggregation Switch and in the fiber path. Simply connect each end of the fiber to a Spectra Aggregation Switch, creating a ring. If the fiber is cut somewhere in the ring, the second Spectra Aggregation Switch will continue to drive the section of the network that would otherwise be dark.

Download the complete high-rise with redundancy shopping list.

Wide-footprint building

Optigo Connect Spectra shopping list wide-footprint

On buildings with a wide footprint — think shopping centres, data centres, campuses, airports, stadiums, and the like — Optigo Connect Spectra easily adapts to the building’s shape. Here, we used a star network topology. 

Passive Optical Splitters mean you aren’t restricted by limited cabling, or cabling space. Run a single line of fiber, split where you need switches, and easily span distances of up to 20km (12.5 miles).

Download the complete wide-footprint building shopping list.

Optigo Connect Spectra is very flexible for big building projects of any shape. Whether a high-rise or wide building, a critical infrastructure or fault tolerant network, Optigo is the smart building solution. 

Reach out with any questions about designing Optigo Connect Spectra, or Connect Hybrid.

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Recent Projects

Data center expansion with OTI and Optigo Connect


Stack Infrastructure is a portfolio of hyperscale computing data centers. OTI completed work on Phases I and II, and returned for the Phase III build-out of a 4-megawatt data hall and brand new central plant. The Optigo Connect network put in place in Phases I and II was expanded on this project. The team achieved quick roll-out of a large, multi-service redundant network using the Optigo OneView management interface. Going forward, the facility management team can use OneView to remotely monitor equipment, manage power usage, and meet up-time goals.

Optigo Connect MR Soluciones The Landmark


The Landmark is a sophisticated mixed-use high-rise in Mexico. The owners wanted to integrate all OT systems in the skyscraper, while maintaining separate networks for each application. The Landmark is the fourth joint project between Optigo Networks and MR Soluciones. Together, these companies provide robust services to meet any challenge.

Australian Bureau of Statistics at 45 Benjamin Way with Delta Building Automation


Delta Building Automation (Australia) had a big job renovating the Headquarters for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at 45 Benjamin Way. The building owner wanted to improve the building’s energy use and increase their National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) score to more than 4.5 stars, out of a possible total of six. Securing the network both internally and externally was a big priority, as well.

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker looked at Penn State University’s Navy Yard network, he saw huge issues. The system was busy and loud, to the point where the overrun network was bringing down the entire building. Because this was happening on the MS/TP network, pinpointing the problem would mean boots on the ground to segment and test the chain, piece by piece.

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker first started working at Penn State University four years ago, there were a lot of network issues. Buildings were dropping offline. Broadcast traffic was pushing 90,000 packets per hour. Walker was on the phone almost every single night because devices were down or had to be reset.


Torre Manacar Mexico City Optigo Connect


When MR Soluciones began work on Torre Manacar, they knew they needed a flexible and scalable network infrastructure to support a wide array of integrated systems. Optigo Networks was a natural fit for the massive project, designing a robust network at a competitive cost.



Short Pump Town Center, an upscale retail center, underwent a complete renovation in 2014. The flexibility of Optigo Networks’ solution meant the retail center’s unknown final design was not a barrier to placing IP surveillance equipment in the field.



Optigo Networks connected New York-based Boulevard Mall’s security surveillance devices in December 2015, using a Passive Daisy Chain topology.

Visual BACnet tech support team


One tech support team at a manufacturer purchased an account with Visual BACnet in April 2017, for technical problems around the world.

Aster Conservatory Green Optigo Connect


The Aster Conservatory Green is a community comprising 352 residences across 24 low-rise buildings. The buildings use advanced surveillance and access control technology, including 40 HD video cameras and 60 FOB-access-tele-entry points for access control.