Category: Connectors

MultiFiber Pro- Optical Power Meter and Light Source: By Fluke Networks

Fluke’s MultiFiber Pro tests MPO fiber trunks without the use of fan-out cords. The tester offers automatic scanning and testing of all 12 fibers in MPO connectors and ensures correct end-to-end connectivity of MPO fiber trunks with built-in polarity verification. The tester features a simple user interface that displays all 12 fibers and the ability to drill down to a single fiber test result.

Basic Knowledge of Fiber Optic Connectors

An optical fiber connector has three major components: the ferrule, the connector body and the coupling mechanism. Generally made from ceramic, metal or high quality plastic, the ferrule is a thin structure (often cylindrical) that holds the glass fiber. The connector body is a plastic or metal structure that holds the ferrule and attaches to the jacket and strengthens members of the fiber cable itself. And the coupling mechanism is a part of the connector body that holds the connector in place when it gets attached to another device.

New High-Density Fiber Connectors Challenges

In response to the need for higher density in data centers, a couple of new fiber connectors have recently been introduced to the market. Because these connectors are new, test equipment with these interfaces has not yet been introduced, which presents some Tier 1 testing challenges and a shift from the traditional recommended 1-jumper reference method. Let’s take a closer look at these connector types and how to test them.

Webinar: High-Capacity Cabling Systems

To support applications that demand both high bandwidth and large number of connections, installers and technicians are now working with cables containing thousands of optical fibers. This Webinar on High Capacity Cabling Systems looks at the challenges of working with high fiber count cables to support bandwidth intense and high connectivity systems. Learn about the practical implications of terminating the individual fibers and managing the installed plant. Earn one BICSI CEC.

Why Fiber Test Tools Are Helping Contractors Win More MPO Business

The rise in multi-fiber #MPO connectors is changing the dynamics of installation. The recent release of new purpose-built MPO test solutions has become a game changer for many contractors not only helping contractors get jobs done faster by reducing test time by up to 80%, but also greatly simplifying the test procedures, as technicians are no longer forced to deal with the complexities of breakout cables and the added steps involved when referencing and testing with devices that were built for single or duplex fiber connections.

Tips for Inspecting APC Fiber Connectors

If you are a technician who is new to working with fiber, a video microscope is a great way to accustom yourself with what a clean or dirty fiber looks like. Working with angled physical contact (APC) connectors — whether duplex or MPO/MTP® — requires different camera tips than those used for physical contact (PC) connectors. The angle at the end of the APC connector changes the focal depth, and in turn requires an angled camera tip. Note that all single-mode MPO/MTP® connectors are APC. The cleaning supplies will be the same between PC and APC, only the camera tips need to change with APC inspection.

Blog – Fluke Networks Singlemode Fiber is on Rise

The use of singlemode fiber is on the rise, driven by benefits such as increased distance and bandwidth, the connection to carrier networks and emerging SMF applications in development. With SMF comes more stringent testing requirements, because of the small core size, the need to test at 1310 and 1550 nm, and the proliferation of APC singlemode connectors, which require that the cleaning apparatus be aligned at the same 8-degree angle of the connector

A clean sweep for 5G | Fibre Systems

Clean fiber interconnects are essential to 5G performance. A fiber is only slightly thicker than a human hair, so the smallest speck of dust is detrimental to its signal path. Any contamination found on the core of the fiber – where the signal travels through – can cause back reflection, insertion loss and equipment damage. Causes include fingerprint oils, lint, moisture, exhaust fumes or simply dust.