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SOC’s are an excellent way to achieve low-loss connections
Prior to the introduction of fusion splicers, it was common for fiber optic installers to hand-polish connectors in order to minimize optical loss.

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With the ever-increasing demand for the bandwidth needed to meet today’s expectations; how we design, install, and maintain our fiber optic networks must evolve with that same demand.

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A good way to start, is to eliminate “human error”. For example, if the problem is in a LAN, ask if anyone has recently disconnected, reconnected or moved network equipment, especially PC’s. Perhaps the connector was contaminated when the fiber optic cable was reconnected to the PC, or maybe it was reconnected improperly or maybe even not at all!

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The old adage, “You get what you pay for” applies to most purchases that you make in life. Fiber optic cleavers are no exception! When choosing a fiber optic cleaver there are two types of devices to consider: Precision or Mechanical.

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Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) are a valuable tool for measuring the performance of optical cables. They are often used to create a "picture" of a fiber optic cable when it is first installed so later comparisons can be made to help with troubleshooting network problems. How do they work?

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Your clients or bosses have tasked you with fusion splicing fiber optic cable. Or the job in hand involves splicing and terminating various types of fiber optic connectors. But your project specifications demand the use of fusion splicing to join or terminate the fibers while minimizing loss and reflectance. What kind of splicer machine are you going to use to obtain a high quality splice?

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The question I seem to be asked over and over is “What fiber optic connectors are used when I have non-standard size multimode and singlemode fiber”? The frequency of this question led me to write this blog.

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In our last post we talked about choosing the right fiber optic connector type best suited to your application. In this article we will talk about the various termination methods for your connector choice. The termination method you choose is just as important your connector choice. Here are the most common termination methods.

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Randomly choosing fiber optic connectors is a lot like throwing darts blindfolded. You’ll miss the requirements of your target application if you leave things to chance.

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Do you need to test for Fiber Optic Dispersion? Today’s thirst for bandwidth is higher than ever before and it does not appear that it will slow down any time soon. Read on to see if you should be including fiber optic dispersion testing in your network certification routine.

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