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How to use a fiber optic connector / adapter kit

In many components of optical network systems, fiber optic adapter may be the most inconspicuous components, IT managers and executives tend to be ignored. Although small, but we still can not deny the fiber optic adapter operating system is crucial for the entire optical network. Fiber optic adapters (also referred to as a fiber coupler) to the fiber alignment of each aspect of an optical fiber cable in the other cable plays a crucial role. For decades, it has been providing stable performance over the entire fiber optic cabling systems. Now is the time to let us clear and honest understanding of the important role of fiber optic adapters in the whole interconnection system plays.


Fiber adapter: Fiber System small but important part of

We say fiber optic adapter plays in optical communication systems small but crucial role, because of its important functions, for it must not be overshadowed by the connector.


What is a fiber optic adapter?

Fiber optic adapters are small devices used to connect fiber optic jumpers together. Fiber adapters may vary in shape, but they are all designed to perform the same function-connectors that connect and align two fiber jumpers. Fiber optic adapters allow fiber optic jumpers to be connected individually or in large networks, allowing many devices to communicate at once.


How does a fiber adapter work?

We know that the requirements for fiber optic connections and copper connections vary widely. Although two copper conductors can be directly connected by solder or by crimping or soldering to a wire connector, the key to fiber optic connection is the precise alignment of each fiber core. Moreover, this alignment is achieved by two precision components-a ferrule in each connector and an alignment sleeve in each adapter. On the one hand, most connectors are based on ferrules with a diameter of 2.5 millimeters, in which the fiber is located. The ferrule is both fixed and aligned with the fiber. On the other hand, inside each fiber adapter is a positioning sleeve. Its purpose is to put the ferrule of the two connectors together in the adapter's sleeve and about the midpoint.


Type fiber optic adapter

The diversity in composition and the optical fiber connector to connect two cables may be used many different shapes of fiber optic adapters. Depending on the type of optical fiber connector adapter, there are several common adapter: LC adapter, FC adapter, SC adapter, ST adapters, adapter E2000, MTP / MPO adapter.


Things to consider when choosing a fiber adapter With many different shaped adapters, how to choose the right fiber optic adapter can become a problem. To some untrained people, all of these adapters may look the same, but there are some very critical differences in adapter quality that can severely affect data center performance. In general, when considering the use of fiber optic adapters, the following two points should be considered.


Type of cable to be connected

If the shapes of the connecting cables are all the same, an adapter with a square, rectangular or circular input can be used. These adapters consist of two or more female connectors that plug into fiber optic cables. Also, if the connecting cables are different, a hybrid fiber adapter must be used, which can be designed to assemble any two types of fiber optic cables together. There are many different types of hybrid adapters, so it is important to know what type of cable you need to connect before buying.


Material of adapter alignment sleeve Alignment sleeves are the most important component of fiber optic adapters. Some manufacturers may choose a metal, sometimes called phosphor bronze. This alloy is known for its strength and stiffness in large marine propellers, springs and bolts. However, ceramic materials are ideal for making couplers. Ceramics are non-metallic, inorganic and crystalline structures. The crystal structure of ceramics allows very hard surfaces without deformation. Why is it so important? As we discussed, alignment is crucial. Softer metals, such as phosphor bronze, can deform over time, especially if the plug-in is reused. The ceramic will retain its original shape for longer. This makes couplers with ceramic alignment sleeves far superior to phosphor bronze.