APP ICON: SEL ICON Integrated Communications Optical Network

Course Length: 2 Days (PDHs: 15)
Course Based Fees: $1,000*
* Plus Applicable Tax


The SEL ICON Integrated Communications Optical Network is a versatile multiplexer purpose built for power systems communications networks. The ICON efficiently supports time-division multiplexing (TDM) and Ethernet traffic on a single platform and can also transport this traffic over SONET links.

The APP ICON course is interactive and activity-based. During this course, you will configure and implement a realistic OC-48 communications scheme and configure various circuits over SONET. Each unit of this course will guide you, step-by-step, through provisioning this comprehensive communications and protection scheme.

For information on advanced topologies, view the APP ICON ADV-1: SEL ICON Advanced Topologies course.


This course is intended for utility IT personnel, regulatory agency personnel, power system communications and automation engineers, and advanced technicians.


Day 1

  • Review of Multiplexing and Time-Division Multiplexing
  • Network Topologies
  • SEL ICON Overview
  • SEL-5051 Network Management System Software Introduction (with exercise)
  • Hardware and Configuration Overview
  • Ethernet Communication Fundamentals
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Provisioning an Ethernet Channel With the Standard Line Module Exercise (with exercise)
    • Provisioning an Ethernet Channel With the Protected Line Module Exercise (with exercise)

Day 2

  • Nx64F Channel Programming (with SLM or PLM exercise)
  • Circuit Wizard Configuration (with transfer trip exercise)
  • DS1 Async Module Exercise (with exercise)
  • DS1 Sync Module Exercise (with exercise)
  • 422 Sync Submodule (with exercise)
  • PLM DS0 Grooming and DS1 Sync Overview
  • NMS Client/Server (with unprovisioning exercise)
  • Transport Technologies
  • Introduction to Virtual Synchronous Network (with exercise)
  • ICON Assessments

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students can:

  • Identify the major features and functions of the SEL ICON.
  • Set up a node to configure, test, commission, and troubleshoot the following communications circuits for an OC-48 ring network using SEL-5051 NMS Software in a standalone environment.
    • IEEE C37.94
    • Transfer Trip
    • 10 Mb Ethernet
    • 100 Mb Ethernet
  • Configure GPS time source inputs for SONET frequency (SSM timing) and distributed time-of-day synchronization.
  • Configure security parameters in the SEL ICON to help meet NERC CIP requirements.
  • Perform commissioning tests to validate alarming and switching between nodes and around the ring.
  • Evaluate the differences between a standalone environment and a client/server environment with the SEL 5051/SEL-5052 Client/Server NMS Software.

Optionally, students will be able to:

  • Convert a SONET-based network to a virtual synchronous networking (VSN)-based network.
  • Groom DS0 circuits.
  • Configure, test, and commission other access modules.

Course Preparation

Make sure your laptop has the following features and updated software:

  • SEL-5051: The software download will be provided with your digital course materials 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • Ethernet port.

Please ensure that your laptop does not have any installation blocks before you come to class.

Additional information is on the Course Policies and FAQ pages.

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