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Fiber Optic Patch Cables: Here's All You Should Know

Do not consider fiber optic patch cables with normal cables. Hereu2019s what you need to know about fiber optic patch cables to select the right one for you. Read https://www.sfcable.com/blog/fiber-optic-patch-cables-all-know/<br>

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Fiber Optic Patch Cables: Here's All You Should Know

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  1. Fiber Optic Patch Cables: Here's  All You Should Know    The basic definition of patch cables means an electronic cable                     which connects electronic devices. It allows the transmission                 of data between them. There are different types of patch                     cables in the market with fiber optic patch cables being one of                         the types. Other types include microphone, headphones, RCA,                 and ethernet.        Fiber optic patch cable, cord or often known as optical jumper,                       is a fiber cable terminated with fiber optic connectors (LC, SC,                       MTRJ, ST, and more) at each of their ends. These connectors                       allow the cord to stay connected to an optical switch or other                         computing devices. These cords are ideal for indoor use in                     1​​

  2. server rooms, data centers, medical imaging, mechanical               engineering, LAN applications, Cable TV networks, Telephone               lines, and more.    If you are looking to buy fiber optic jumper for your system,                         first you should be aware of its types and functionalities. And                       then choose according to your requirements.    Let’s dive in!    Armored Fiber Patch Cord: It is stronger than the standard                     fiber patch cord containing all its features. Armored fiber                   patch cord is resistant to adults’ stepping and is anti-rodents.                     It is as flexible as a standard fiber optic patch cord.    Bend Insensitive Fiber Patch Cord: It is resistant to bend                     related damages. It contains a small cable bending radius and                     prevents additional bend damages by its inventive core design.                   And also because of its low macro-bending sensitivity. It                   2​

  3. supports data center, FTTH applications, and high-density               cabling that have to be wrapped and adjusted in the tight                       corners.    Mode   Conditioning   Fiber   Patch   Cord:   It   is   a   duplex   multimode fiber patch cord which has a small length of single                       mode fiber at the starting point of the transmission length. It                       is to solve technical issues involved when using single-mode                   equipment on the existing multimode cable plant. This type of                     cables’ major aim is to drive the distance of installed fiber plant                         beyond its original applications as well as to improve data                     signal quality.    3​

  4. Low Insertion Loss Fiber Patch Cable: ​It looks similar to common patch cable by its appearance. But its connectors at                                         the ends contain relatively less insertion loss.    Uniboot Fiber Patch Cord: These cords terminate with                 specially designed LC uniboot connectors. This fiber patch                 cable unites two fiber in a single cable which delivers high                       better performance in the high-density cabling environment.               It cuts down the cable count up to 50%. It represents the best                           fit for places where there’s a scarcity of place.    Switchable Fiber Patch Cord: It enables fast polarity change in                     the field without needing special tools or training. With a                     compact design, switchable ​fiber patch cord attributes to more efficient cable management                         in   high-density   environment.  4​

  5. And Here’s How To Choose The Right Fiber                 Optic Jumper:  Step 1: Choose The Right Connector Type    The   ends   of   fiber   optic   patch   cord   contain   different   connectors including LC, SC, ST, FC, MPO, and MTP. Kindly                     note that these connectors are for different devices. If you                     want to connect similar ports type devices, use connectors                   with the same type of connectors on both ends such as LC-LC,                         SC-SC, MPO-MPO. If you want to connect different ports type                     devices, LC-SC, LC-ST, LC-FC cables might help.    Step 2: Consider The Mode    These   patches   are   available   in   two   types   of   modes:   Single-mode and multimode. Single-mode patch cables are               ideal for long-distance data transmission. If you are looking for                     5​

  6. relatively shorter distances, multimode ​fiber optic patch cord could be an ideal choice.                        Step 3: Simplex Or Duplex Cable?    Simplex means the fiber patch cable contains a single strand of                       glass or plastic fiber. It is generally used where only a single                         receive or transmit line is required between devices. Duplex                   means two fiber patch cables put side by side for common                       6​

  7. transceivers. Duplex cable type contains two strands of glass                   or plastic in comparison with the simplex cable.    Step 4: The Right Cable Length    These cables come in different length. Starting from 0.5m to                     50m. It is of utmost importance to choose an appropriate                     length according to the distance between the devices you wish                     to connect.    Step 5: Connector Polish Type    There are two connectors available. APC and UPC. APC                   connectors are suitable for applications like FTTx, passive                 optical   network   and   wavelength-division   multiplexing.   However, it is more expensive than UPC connector. For less                     sensitive digital system, UPC connects would be ideal.    7​

  8. Step 6: Choose The Cable Jacket Type    There are three jacket types: Polyvinyl chloride, Low smoke                   zero halogen, and Optical fiber nonconductive plenum.    ● PVC is ideal for horizontal runs from the wiring center.  ● LSZH is good to use between floors in commercial or                     residential buildings.  ● OFNP is good for vertical runs between floors and other                     applications.    Fiber products offer a wide selection of fiber optic jumpers                     with a variety of connectors, length, and cable types. The main                       thing is to consider your key requirement and choose the                     correct cable according to that to make the most out of it.    Do not consider fiber optic patch cables with normal cables.           Here’s what you need to know about ​fiber optic patch cables to select the right one for you​.                                    8​

  9. If you found this blog post useful, here are some other blog                         posts that may be of interest.      Know the Right Time to Adopt Fiber Optic Technology  Fiber Optic Cables Vs Ethernet Cables: What Is the Difference?  Fiber Optic Cables and Their Multiple Benefits!  Everything You Need to Know About Fiber Optics Cable  What Makes Fiber Optic Cables Better Than Copper Cables?    9​

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