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By michael ·
We have had the fortunate of getting a 48 strand length of single mode fiber burried between two facilities. It is now up to us (me) to terminate the fiber and make use of it. Hence my questions: Do I use a fiber patch panel? Which termination kit to buy (crimp, hot or cold glue) or should I hire someone to terminate the connections? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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by NTOz In reply to Terminating single mode f ...

If you have never terminated a fiber connection and your getting the raw end, I would recomened that you have someone who has done it before perform the termination. Terminating fiber as you know is not nearly as easy as CAT 5. Its definately a learned skill and unless you plan on doing it for a living, much better to have someone do it for you! As far as terminating it, if you plan on using all 48 pairs, its best to have it terminated to a fiber patch panel and then having convergence point inthe same area.

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by michael In reply to Terminating single mode f ...

Thank you all for your advise. I contacted a company that terminated the cable for us at both locations. We also encased any exposed sections of the cable in conduit to prevent accidental damage.

Michael

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by ckilday In reply to Terminating single mode f ...

I agree with NTOz...if you don't have the training or the equipment, pay someone to terminate the fibers in a patch panel. Have them test the fibers for loss once they have been terminated and have them certify the results. You don't want this to be a point of failure! You will need to make a decision on whether to use ST or SC type connectors on the patch panels. Check with your router/switch/NIC vendors to find the best match for your equipment. However, once the patch panels are installed, all you have to do is purchase pre-terminated fiber jumper cables to run between your equipment and the patch panels. Future installations will be a breeze! Best wishes.
- ck

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by Naamor In reply to Terminating single mode f ...

I agree with the first 2 answers.
However, this would be a great learning opportunity. If your company is willing to pay for it, why not have them send you to a fiber-optic class. Corning Cable Systems offer this. You can get more information at
http://www.corningcablesystems.com/web/college/traser.nsf/%28vwAllKeys%29%7CvwAllKeys/7C4E56652C4E7D718525698B004E76E3?OpenDocument

Good Luck

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by OTL In reply to Terminating single mode f ...

Get someone to terminate it for you.
I work with Fiber multiplexing equipment and unless you have all the correct tools and test equipment you will never know where the problem is. It only takes .001 inch to loose 80% of your signal or 1 grain of dust causing reflection or refraction.
You will need 2 fiber patch panels for terminating both ends of the cable, the 48 strand cable will terminate on the back side and you can run, clean, and replace the jumpers between the patch panels and your equipment to your hearts content. Fiber patch cables can be easily replaced, the cable can not. Hopefully you have "armored" the cable from the conduit to where it will be terminated with inner-duct, this helps protect the cable from crushing andover-bending.
BTW a reputable fiber splicer will provide you with a minimum test result on db loss for each strand, the lower the better. An outstanding splicer will provide a range of db loss based on the frequency of the light they were using to test it. Too many variables to go into detail.

GOOD LUCK !

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