How to Ensure the Quality and Performance of Your Network’s Fiber Optic Cables

March 2023

As your data infrastructure relies on fiber optic cables, it is crucial to guarantee the effectiveness and quality of your network. Modern communication networks depend on these cables, so any problems with their performance could result in downtime and lost revenue. Here, we’ll go over some essential actions you can take to guarantee that your fiber optic cables are of the highest caliber and function as they should.

Choose a reputable manufacturer

To guarantee the quality and performance of your fiber optic cables, it is crucial to select the right manufacturer. Selecting a manufacturer with a solid commitment to quality control and a track record of producing high-quality products is crucial. Look for manufacturers who have a strict quality control process in place, utilize the most recent technology and materials, and produce high calibur cables. To ensure that the cables can withstand harsh environments and deliver dependable performance for years to come, it is essential that you choose an armored fiber optic cable. These cables protect the vulnerable fiber within the armor and ensure long lasting durability and connectivity. Of the armored fiber optic cables available, stainless steel MicroArmor fiber optic cables are known for their superiority in durability, size, and weight allowing them to be used both in and outdoors regardless of the external conditions. As the patent holder and sole manufacturer of stainless steel micro armor fiber optic cables, TiniFiber is the go to source for these kinds of armored fiber optic cables. 

Specify the right cable for your needs

It is vital to choose the proper cable to meet your needs, as the demands of various applications vary greatly for fiber optics. The attenuation of the signal along the cable depends on many factors, but one of the most crucial is the distance between the endpoints. The temperature, humidity, and sunlight or other environmental factors in which the cable is placed can also have a significant effect on its functionality.

The quantity of data to be sent through the cable is another major consideration. Fiber optic cables with high data transfer rates are required for use with high-bandwidth applications like video and data streaming. In contrast, a less complex and cheaper cable may be appropriate for low-bandwidth uses, such as voice communication.

 

Check the cable’s specifications

Make sure the fiber optic cables you order will perform to your expectations by giving careful consideration to their specifications before placing an order. Aspects such as cable diameter, which establishes the cable’s actual dimensions and adaptability, are examined. Depending on the installation space, the desired degree of bend radius, and the desired level of flexibility, the appropriate diameter of cable must be selected. You can trust that the cable will function as intended if you take the time to check that it satisfies your requirements. Currently available stainless steel micro armor fiber optic cables by TiniFiber have an over 45 degree bend radius and a minimally sized width of cable allowing cable to be placed in the tightest of corners. 

Test the cable before installation

Testing your stainless steel fiber optic cables before installation is essential to ensure they are in good working order and will deliver the expected performance. If there is even a slight problem with the cable, it can have a major effect on the performance, so this is a crucial step that should not be skipped. Specialized testing equipment, such as optical time-domain reflectometers, must be used to verify the cables’ functionality (OTDRs). In order to determine the length of a fiber optic cable, an OTDR sends a brief light pulse down the cable and measures how long it takes for the light to return to the device. The OTDR can then ascertain the cable’s continuity and detect any problems, such as kinks or bends, that may be causing the signal to degrade or disappear altogether. As a result, your communications network will experience less downtime, perform better, and be more reliable.

Properly install and terminate the cable

If you want your stainless steel fiber optic cables to last, you need to make sure they are installed and terminated correctly. Installation best practices for this cable include not bending or twisting it too sharply, as this can put mechanical stress on the fibers inside and damage them. This can cause problems with the cable’s performance, including signal loss, degradation, and other disruptions. Proper termination requires the use of specialized equipment and methods, such as a fiber optic cleaver and a fusion splicer, as specified by the manufacturer. As a result, your communications network will experience less downtime, perform better, and be more reliable.

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By following these steps, you can ensure that your stainless steel fiber optic cables are of the highest quality and perform as expected. This will help minimize downtime, improve network performance, and ensure that your communications network is ready to meet the demands of your business.

Now that you know how to ensure the quality and performance of your stainless steel fiber optic cables, you’re ready to get started. Using the quality and performance check recommendations in this article will help you avoid costly blunders that will slow down the installation procedure.

Contact TiniFiber’s cable experts if you require high-strength armored fiber cables for your house or company.

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