What are the Different Types of Fiber-Optic Equipment?

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There are numerous types of fiber-optic equipment from splitters to routers to modems. A fiber-optic transceiver includes a transmitter and receiver to help transform and transmit electrical signals over optical fibers.

A patch cord is a type of fiber-optic equipment that may be custom made. These cords may also be laser optimized. Cable break-out kits generally vary in color code, length, and fiber count. Some of these cables include four or six fibers, while the larger models may contain 12.

Fiber-optic splice-on connectors may be the bulkhead or patch panel type. A fiber-optic coupler is another type of equipment used for connecting two or more devices. The fiber-optic coupler needs to be aligned correctly in order to function properly.

The fiber-optic microscope is a type of equipment often used in laboratories and research facilities. An inspection microscope utilizes advanced fiber-optic technology. Its powerful magnification and high resolution enables the user to inspect small details easily.

A power meter is a type of fiber-optic equipment that enables precise read outs. These are used to take measurements of fiber-optic cables and are generally powered by a rechargeable battery or power adapter. Most of these meters feature a backlight as well.


Some fiber-optic tool kits include the basic tools needed for repairs of fiber-optic equipment, while others are more sophisticated. Cable cutters and buffers are typical tools included in a fiber-optics kit. Sheers are another tool that may be used for fiber-optic repair and installation jobs. Splicing tool kits are also used in fiber-optic maintenance.

In addition to equipment, fiber-optic accessories are also widely used. For instance, there are various types of cleaning solutions for fiber-optic equipment. Cleaning tools also help remove dirt and dust from fiber cables. A dry cloth cleaner is another type of product used for fiber-optic equipment. Optic preparation cleaning tissues may be considered a type of fiber-optic accessory.

Many other types of fiber-optic equipment may be used for various purposes. Pulse suppressors, launch test cables, fiber rings, and attenuators are a few miscellaneous pieces of equipment. Splice cases and splice trays are other common pieces. Fiber-optic polishing equipment may include pucks, polishing film, and polishing pads. Fiber-optic devices such as Ethernet converters, media converters, and modules are used as part of a computer network.


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