How many times did you hear that growing up? And what could that possibly have to do with fiber cabling? Keep reading, you'll find out soon enough.
Just like all good life lessons from mom, this one transcends underwear and goes directly to being prepared and being clean. In fiber cabling world terms, this means a clean fiber end face and having the proper tools to ensure cleanliness.
Fiber optic connector end faces can become very dirty with just one touch. Just like a glass window; dust, oil and other contaminants can accumulate and spread on the end face which will impede data traffic. This deteriorates or even stops the data transmission all together.
The first thing is to “inspect, clean, inspect – repeat if necessary.” You must have a way to look at the end face to know if it is contaminated or not. You also need to be able to properly clean them if they are in fact contaminated. There are simple, affordable and effective products on the market to complete this job.
See this short video for a demonstration and more information on the subject.
We all know that mom’s lessons are valuable. We ignored some and usually learned the hard way that we should have listened. Don’t become a statistic with this one, especially when it is so easy to avoid it!
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Remember to always #RespectLayerOne just like you would your own mother.