Fiber Optic Closure for Splicing

Designed with versatility in mind, the LightGuard (LG) 55 sealed closure from AFL offers a variety of solutions including repair, distribution splicing, grounding for Fiber-in-the-Loop applications, and for use as an isolation gap with armored cables.

Here’s a great look from our YouTube channel.

This closure accepts stranded loose tube, Uniflex or ribbon fiber cables in either armored or dielectric configurations and can be utilized in a butt or in-line configuration. The LG-55 closure incorporates a unique cable clamp design sealing the cable, allowing both of the cover halves to be removed without disturbing the contents. In addition, AFL’s Peel & Seal Grommet System is incorporated to ensure a tight fit on various cable diameters, fully sealing the closure and protecting the fiber while eliminating cumbersome tape and washers – making installation fast and easy.

Dielectric Armored Fiber or Aluminum Armored Fiber

There’s a dielectric armored fiber cable that’s been on the market for a couple of years now and it has not taken off as well as I expected. Let’s take a look at this cable from our YouTube channel.

I think maybe one of the issues is when a customer wants an armored cable, they want the most protection they can get. As mentioned in the video it has 4 times the protection compared to the aluminum armor that has 7 times the protection according to the manufacture. My personal belief, I think the aluminum has more than 7 times. The aluminum is so strong and durable and another issue that comes up is the end user is worried about the cable being cut by accident and the aluminum armored is no easy task. There’s even a tool to help you cut it open.

The other issue is grounding, sure the aluminum armor needs to be grounded but it’s fairly simple and it’s also talked about in one of our previous post.

On the other hand I can see this being a great choice for a location where you want a little more protection than your standard indoor cable and maybe there’s no convenient way to ground the fiber cable. The ball is in your court.

Overview of ADSS Pole Attachment Hardware for Fiber Optic Cable

Today let’s take a quick look at the Mini Bracket from our YouTube Channel.

Mini Brackets are used for short and medium spans of ADSS fiber optic cable as well as Aerial Drop cables. Mini Brackets are sized to fit specific ADSS diameters. Standard Mini Brackets are employed with fitted bushings to provide a good support/groove fit and to prevent the support from damaging the cable. The bolted supports are supplied with aluminum captive bolts to simplify installation with no loose parts.

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250um color buffer vs. 900um color buffer

If you’re new to fiber optic cable one of the things you have noticed when looking at different cables, some have a 250um buffer and others have a 900um buffer. How do they look different? Here’s a great video from our YouTube channel.

Best Practice of Safe Disposal of Fibers

While splicing or terminating optical fibers, pieces of fiber are cleaved off or can break off in the stripping process. This glass is very small, sometimes nearly microscopic. It is difficult to find, harder to remove and can get stuck in clothing, onto hands, and into the skin. If they were to end up in your lunch, they could lead to internal bleeding and conceivably death. The fiber technician not only has the responsibility for his or her own safety, but for the safety of others who may come in contact with this fiber.

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Fiber scraps should never be thrown on the ground, on a floor, or openly placed in wastebaskets. Fiber debris should be confined in a special container or bagged in a zipper storage bag, sealed and then placed into a trash bin separate from those handled by the office cleaning staff.

Having trouble cleaving fiber cable? This might be why.

You just received your fiber optic cable, connectors and new tool kit. You get started and you hit a snag with your cleaver not appearing to work properly, you’re doing it according to the instructions included in the tool kit and you’ve watched the how-to video provided by the manufacture. So what’s the deal? This is the most common issue when contractors are new to terminating fiber optic connectors and after numerous conversations regarding the same common issue we’ve made a troubleshooting video that will solve your problem.

Let’s check it out from our YouTube channel.

I recall one of our recent cleaver troubleshooting phone calls where the contractor was about to raise the blade! Don’t do it! When you first receive your new cleaver it’s set and should last you a while before a blade adjustment is needed. Here’s a overview on a cleaver by AFL that also you shows how to make that blade adjustment.

If you purchased your fiber cable, fiber optic connectors and tools from us, thank you. If you have any further questions regarding fiber you may contact Mercy Salinas at 888-797-3697 extension 232.

Broadcast Fiber Optic Cable? What’s up with that?

If your looking for a fiber optic cable for a highly congested people application and you’re worried about damage to the cable look no further. Let’s check out a cable by AFL.

Let’s go over some of the applications for this type of fiber optic cable.

– Field deployment in abusive environments

– High traffic areas

– Security and sensing applications

– Broadcast deployments

– Installations in harsh environments

– Sporting and media events

– Temporary installation of of critical lines where quick retrieval and re-use is necessary

So if your looking for a fiber optic cable that is ideal for use in installations where extreme environmental conditions are present, something designed to be deployed and retrieved in the field, a cable that is highly resistant to damage caused by repetitive impact of harsh conditions this broadcast fiber cable is what you’ve been waiting a lifetime for.

On a separate note, if your in the broadcasting industry you should probably watch is video. It’s at a February SMPTE meeting with Jerome Farnan, the director of fiber optics with Winchester Electronics giving a presentation on fiber optic link reliability.

Questions on Broadcasting Fiber contact Mercy Salinas EX232 888-797-3697

Dual Rate Multimode and Singlemode SFP fiber optic converter

Check this out, these have a built in 10/100/1000 switch that enables the fiber optic cable connection to operate at 1000 Mbps connected to either a 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, or a 1000BaseT network, while remaining completely 1000BaseSX/LX or 100BaseFX/BX standard-compliant for the fiber optic connection. You can also operate your fiber optic connection in full duplex mode whether the RJ-45 port is connected to a full duplex switch or a half duplex legacy hub!

Let’s check out a quick video on this cool media converter!

Here are some of the key features:

– Dual Rate 1000Base or 100Base SFP capability for maximum flexibility in legacy networks

– 802.3 10 BaseT, 802.3u 100BaseTX, 802.3ab 1000BaseT, 802.3z 1000BaseSX/LX

– Extremely low latency (<1.6 us, FIFO, worst case) supports larger multi-hop networks

– Extremely high reliability; MTBF of 1,857,775.35 hours (212.07 years)

– Gigabit transmission supports 9K bytes jumbo frames

– Supports 802.3x Flow controls: Flow control for full duplex and back pressure for half duplex

– Auto-Negotiation, Auto-MDI/MDIX

– DIP switch configuration for Link Fault Signaling and SFP 100Base or 1000Base modes

– Full wire-speed forwarding rate

– Packed with-speed forwarding rate

– Packed with 12VDC external universal power supply

Now that you have a better feel for this converter and if you need to connect carrier-based networks by converting SX Multimode distribution fiber to LX Singlemode fiber or LX Singlemode to LX Singlemode fiber you now can! The SFP modules that are available from Signamax are Two-Strand Gigabit, Single-strand Bi-Directional WDM, 10G XFP, SONET OC-3 and all kinds of other modules are available.

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Easiest way to field install fiber optic connectors

If you’re a contractor and looking to expand your business by offering fiber optic networking, it’s definitely an easier process than what it once was. Gone are the days of syringing, baking, polishing and pulling your hair out. AFL has taken care of that part of the fiber connectorization process and left us with the easy part. Let’s hear a word from the manufacture about their FAST connectors.

FASTConnect field-installable connectors are factory pre-polished connectors that completely eliminate the need for hand polishing in the field. Proven mechanical splice technology ensuring precision fiber alignment, a factory pre-cleaved fiber stub and a proprietary index-matching gel combine to offer an immediate low loss termination to either single-mode or multimode optical fibers.

FASTConnect connectors are compatible with 250µm and 900µm optical fibers, as well as 900µm, 2mm and 3mm cordage. All primary fiber types are supported, and each connector is color coded per industry-standard requirements to aide in identification during and after installation. A factory-installed wedge clip (included with each connector) is removed and discarded upon completion of the termination. Incorporated into this device is an innovative, translucent wedge enabling the use of a common VFI to provide a “pass/fail” signal once physical contact is achieved.

The AFL FAST Connector sounds great, let’s take a look at how to install these connectors on the cable.

Whoa! That is easy. If your current need is to connectorize a few strands and you don’t need to install fiber again for who knows how long, you might want to consider a pre-terminated cable for a pull, plug and play solution.

If you have any questions or need an estimate contact Mercy Salinas at EX232 888-797-3697.

Need to Certify Fiber Optic Cable

Many fiber optic network bids and Requests For Quote (RFQ) are citing cabling standards to specify the set of guidelines (such as fiber length) that the network installer must follow during the network installation. Adherence to such standards is meant to ensure the quality of the installation and guarantee that the network will perform as it was designed. The process of testing a network installation to ensure its adherence to specified standards is called certification, and often requires hard-copy documentation as proof of adherence to standards. The OWL 4 BOLT Quad Test Kit contains the tools necessary for certifying fiber optic links against a myriad of popular cabling standards in singlemode and multimode networks without the high cost of  a comparable Fluke Fiber Certifier.

The Fiber OWL 4 BOLT contains a user-friendly Fiber Link Wizard that performs link budget calculation (including integrated fiber link length testing), and sets a reference value using the characteristics of the link. This reference is the PASS/FAIL threshold and is calculated against the chosen standard. Up to 1000 fiber runs may be stored, then downloaded to a PC for report generation using our OWL Reporter software. It also includes intelligent automated testing functions, such as automatic dual-wavelength storage and auto-wavelength recognition, which reduce testing time and human error.

Its quad-wavelength outputs are temperature-stabilized for accurate measurements. The WaveSource Quad has a built-in auto-wavelength switching protocol designed to synchronize the wavelength of the Fiber OWL 4 BOLT with the current output wavelength.

So, this tester has a ton of features for the price now let’s see it in action. Here’s an example of a Multimode test.

Here’s an example of a Singlemode test.

For more information on the OWL 4 BOLT Quad Test Kit visit Discount Low Voltage or you can contact Mercy Salinas at 888-797-3697 ex232.