Fiber Optic Installation

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Fiber Optic Cabling Installation For The
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The Bridge Cable team has multiple Fiber Optic Cabling Specialists on board for any fiber project that you are in need of. Our expert team understands which options are best for you and your environment.

Single Mode Vs. Multi-Mode

As the name suggests, when using a single mode fiber optic cabling, this only allows one light mode to pass versus the multiple modes in a multi-mode fiber optic cable. Other than maybe an obvious difference based off of the names themselves, a multi-mode fiber optic cable has a larger core, no matter the multi-mode cable option (see below).

One of the biggest differences that is the factor that needs to be highly considered before your start of project is the distances in which your bandwidth can go. Due to the fact that a single mode fiber optic cable only has one mode passing through, it can be utilized at a longer distance with less signal loss than if you were to choose the multi-mode option.

Fiber Optic Tools
When coming in contact with fiber optic cables, you will also come in contact with multiple tools that will assist you in your installation. Check out some of the Bridge Cable team’s favorite go to’s!
  • Crimper – A handheld mechanism used during the termination process that ensures that force is transferred to the connector itself as opposed to the fiber optic glass.
  • Cleaver – Coming multiple options, a cleaver allows you to cut a freshly stripped fiber optic cable in a straight fashion.
  • Fusion Splicer – A machine that will take two ends of cleaned a cleaved fiber optic cable and fuse or weld the two ends to create one unified cable. **Check out this exclusive step by step tutorial on using a fusion splicer.
  • CertiFiber Pro Optical Loss Test Set – A FLUKE Networks product that allows you to test your installed fiber optic cables.
Optical Multi-Mode Options
OM1
  • Jacket: Typically orange
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: 10GB up to 33 meters
    • Note: The only core diameter that isn’t 50 micrometers but 62.5 instead
OM2
  • Jacket: Typically orange
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: 10GB up to 82 meters
OM3
  • Jacket: Typically aqua
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: 10GB up to 300 meters
OM4
  • Jacket: Typically aqua
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: 10GB up to 550 meters
OM5
  • Jacket: Typically lime green
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: 10GB up to 550 meters
    • Note: Due to it being designed for 40GB/s & 100GB/s transmission, it reduces the fiber counts for high speed transmissions
Fiber Optic Cabling Fun Facts
      • Décor Feng Shui When installing fiber optic cabling in a residential space, or even in an office space, visual presentation means a lot to the customer. While this should be a factor in all projects, for fiber optic cabling, we recommend using the InvisiLight MDU Solution due to the fact that it is less prominent in areas that may have a lot of high foot traffic or guests. All in all, it is very easy on the eyes and the décor!
      • Termination Terminology Below are a few options when it comes to terminations for a fiber optic cable but are not limited to:
            • Epoxy & Polish – While this option may be the lowest cost, it does require some skill to pull off accurately. In addition, the process will take longer than other termination options. At the current moment, this is only available via a single mode termination.
            • No Epoxy & No Polish – Opposite the epoxy & polish option, this requires little professional skill to pull off accurately. This can also be arguably the shortest termination time, however, once again only offered for single mode.
            • Splice On Connector – For this option, it is recommended to have a skilled professional perform this termination. Luckily, the time taken for this isn’t too long and you can utilize this for both single more or multi-mode!
            • Fusion Spliced Pigtails – This option is at a higher cost, however, the short amount of time it takes pays off.
      • APC vs. UPC
            • UPC:
                • Polish Angle: No angle
                • Light Reflection: Any light would then be reflected back to the light source, leading to a lower dB return loss
                • dB Loss Standard: -50 dB
                • Color: Typically blue
            • APC:
                • Polish Angle: 8 degree angle
                • Light Reflection: Any light would then be reflected back at an angle, leading to a higher dB return loss
                • dB Return Loss Standard: -60dB
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