Deploying fiber optic cables can be daunting. Just uttering the words “fiber optic” makes some people nervous. There's no need for that all you need to know if you are going to install fiber optic cables are a few basic ground rules and you will be fine!
The tip of the fiber connector, where the fiber optic glass actually protrudes is the most common area for damage to occur. Leave the protective caps on until you are ready to plug it into the equipment. Prior to plugging it in, inspect the end face, clean and repeat if necessary!
The fiber optic glass underneath the jacket performs best when it is running straight. In reality, however, the cables need to bend in many different directions in order to go from source to destination. There is a term called “bend radius” and each brand of fiber optic cables will have a different measurement to follow. Luckily, there is an easy rule of thumb within the industry. Watch this short video to easily understand the key factors.
If the cable is too short, don’t try to stretch it! It may seem pretty obvious, but pulling will probably lead to a break in the fiber optic cable or connector.
Most fiber optic cables have color coded jackets to make it easy to avoid this problem. To understand more about fiber core sizes, watch this video.
Pinching the fiber optic cable can squeeze the glass and ruin performance. Don’t use zip-ties, use Velcro!
Want to Learn More?
Check out the Fiber Optic Cabling Installation Best Practices Guide