The Trouble with Patch Cords

The performance of a fiber optic network can be severely undermined when the patch cords used for interconnects and connecting communications equipment are mistreated.

Over the years, we’ve come to realize that it’s all too easy for IT organizations to take patch cords for granted. Because they’re relatively inexpensive and viewed as a commodity, they’re usually not tested properly (if at all) and often get mistreated.

The 3 main patch cord issues we see most often involve:

  1. Quality
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Condition

Some users hang their patch cords on the sides of the equipment racks which leaves them highly susceptible to damage. Also, most people mistakenly assume that all of the patch cords they buy are of good quality and only shop on price. This a HUGE misconception. We’ve seen way too many cheap imported patch cords with locking mechanisms that would not connect because they were improperly made and connectors with losses that tested at 1 dB even though the label said 0.2 dB.

The team at TiniFiber® wants to ensure that our users receive the best armored cable experience that money can buy. That’s why we’ve designed our Micro Armor Fiber™ as an end-to-end solution that provides a flexible, high-quality cable that ensures a proper connection and reliable performance for all your communications needs.

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