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How to Select Fiber Optic Cable

How to Select Fiber Optic Cable

Author:Utoptical Date: 06/14/2018

How to Select Fiber Optic Cable 



Fiber optic cable is an assembly similar to an electrical cable, but containing one or more optical fibers that are used to carry light. The optical fiber elements are typically individually coated with plastic layers and contained in a protective tube suitable for the environment where the cable will be deployed. Different types of cable are used for different applications, for example long distance telecommunication, or providing a high-speed data connection between different parts of a building.


Fiber optic cables can be used in a huge variety of applications, from small office LANs, to data centers, to inter-continental communication links. The data lines are made of fiber optic cable strung underneath the ocean. types of cables found in those small-scale networks closer to home and in particular to pre-terminated cables ,which called” fiber optic jumper” or “fiber optic patch cord”.


Optic jumper or fiber optic patch cord is a fiber optic cable capped at either end with connectors that allow it to be rapidly and conveniently connected to CATV, an optical switch or other telecommunication equipment. Its thick layer of protection is used to connect the optical transmitter, receiver, and the terminal box.



Low insertion loss;

High return loss;

Good repeatability;

Good interchange;

Excellent environmental adaptability.


Transmission medium

Single-mode fiber is generally yellow, with a blue connector, and a longer transmission distance. Multi-mode fiber is generally orange or grey, with a cream or black connector, and a shorter transmission distance.


Color coding

The buffer or jacket on Optic jumper or fiber optic patch cord is often color-coded to indicate the type of fiber used. The strain relief "boot" that protects the fiber from bending at a connector is color-coded to indicate the type of connection. Connectors with a plastic shell (such as SC connectors) typically use a color-coded shell.



Optic jumpers or fiber optic patch cords are classified by transmission medium (long or short distance), by connector construction and by construction of the connector's inserted core cover.

When choosing patch cords LC,SC,LC ST and so on. If you're able to determine which of these characteristics you need, it's highly likely you will make the right choice when shopping for fiber optic patch cables.



Optic jumpers or fiber optic patch cords are used for connections to Cable Television, telecommunication networks, computer fiber networks and fiber test equipment. Applications include communication rooms, Fiber to The Home, Local Area Network, fiber optic sensor, Fiber Optic Communication System, Optical fiber connected and transmitted equipment, Defense combat readiness, etc .


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