By nature fiber cables are very strong. Not saying that I would use a fiber cable to tightrope across the Grand Canyon…but strong nonetheless. Kevlar® is used as a strength member in fiber optics. Since cables are most often pulled into place it is critical that they are strong.
With that being said…how can you know you have a strong and quality cable? Reliability is a starting point. Does your cable meet the industry standards for dB loss? Are you within your loss budgets? You must consider these factors when installing your cabling. You need to have reliable cables, that work every time!
What is the dB loss of the cable? Why does this make a difference? Loss occurs over cabling distance and at mating points where connections are made. Connections contribute to increased dB loss. You need cabling products with low optical loss rates to ensure your cabling environment is running at its peak. When comparing dB loss rates you want to look for “maximum” not “typical” loss rates. You want to know the maximum possible loss of each connection, so you don’t exceed your loss budgets.
So, I tell you that our maximum loss is 0.15 for LC connectors. Why should you believe me? Well…we send our test results with every Skinny-Trunk fiber cable.
This is a picture of an LC/LC Uniboot cable, just out of the bag.