Contaminated connectors are the #1 cause for troubleshooting in fiber optic networks.
Inspect Before You Connect
While standards bodies have established acceptance criteria for the quality and cleanliness of fiber connector end faces, technicians still face challenges with implementing these practices. Without the right fiber testing tools, maintaining these standards or specifications is difficult and time consuming.
A single particle mated into the core of a fiber can cause significant back reflection, insertion loss and even equipment damage. Learn more about our “INSPECT BEFORE YOU CONNECT” process to ensure fiber end faces are clean prior to mating connectors in our fiber certification white paper.
Check out our 14-episode series:
- Episode 1: Inspect Before You Connect Introduction
- Episode 2: Proactive vs. Reactive Inspection
- Episode 3: Importance of Inspecting BOTH Sides of a Connection
- Episode 4: The Importance of Inspecting New Fiber Connectors
- Episode 5: The Importance of Inspecting Test Reference Cords
- Episode 6: Cleaning Stick vs. a Clicker
- Episode 7: Static Charge and Contamination
- Episode 8: Understanding Fiber Cleaning Solvents
- Episode 9: The Importance of Reliable Cleaning Tools
- Episode 10: Understanding the IEC-61300-3-35 Standard
- Episode 11: The Importance of Automated Pass/Fail Analysis for Fiber Inspection
- Episode 12: The Importance of Documenting Fiber Inspection Results
- Episode 13: The Importance of Investing in Inspection and Cleaning Today
- Episode 14: Understanding Inspecting and Cleaning MPO Connectors
Did You Know?
- A single particle mated into the core of a fiber can cause significant back reflection, insertion loss and even equipment damage
- Typical debris on a fiber connector endface can be 2 - 15µm and is only visible with a fiber optic probe microscope
- Inspecting BOTH sides of the fiber connection is the ONLY WAY to ensure that it will be free of contamination and defects
- Inspecting and cleaning connectors, test ports and reference cords before testing network connectors prevents cross-contamination
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