The MPS-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter and MPS-850RX Forward Path Receiver comprise a CATV link designed to provide transmission of Telephony, High Speed Internet and analog signals in the 40 MHz - 860 MHz range over broadband fiber optic networks from a single head-end point or hub to multiple distribution nodes within the Hybrid Fiber/Coax (HFC) network. The OFW-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter is offered in a standard 19 inch, 1U rack mountable unit or in configurations such that it may be placed in a Head-End cabinet, a DTX Chassis or an Outside Plant optical node. The robust system design has a high MTBF with an internal system architecture allowing for components to be easily expanded in order to meet the changing needs of the HFC network. The OFW-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter can operate at industry standard wavelengths required for operation and successful integration to all commercial CWDM or DWDM systems. The OFW-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter can be integrated with other MPS products to provide flexible system configurations and expansion. The OFW-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter, when coupled with the OFW-800RX Forward Path Optical Receiver, the MPS-2300 Optical Splitter and the MPS-2700 Wavelength Division Multiplexer (WDM) provides a highly reliable forward path link in HFC networks. In addition, both the OFW-800TX Forward Path Optical Transmitter and OFW-800RX Return Path Optical Transmitter can support the simultaneous transmission of network management information over an auxiliary data channel facilitating system diagnostics reporting, network monitoring and a means of seamless redundancy switching. The OFW-800TX and OFW-800RX are offered in optional 1 GHz configuration to allow for expanded data capability necessitated by industry progression to providing multi services.