There is only two ways to terminate fiber optic using either a connector or splicing. Each method has its own pros and cons. Depending on your situation one method might be more beneficial than the other. Here are a list of pros and cons of each method.
- This method doesn’t require expensive equipment. Multiple personnel can terminate simultaneously due to the inexpensive tools and parts.
- All handheld tools make it easy work in any space.
- Terminating a connector in some case can be faster than splicing.
- Easy to coil up the slack once termination is completed.
- The insertion loss is higher than splicing.
- Some connectors termination methods are more time consuming.
- The insertion loss is less than terminating a connector.
- Splicing is typically faster than terminating connect depending on your work area and how much room you have.
- Can re-bond a broken fiber vs re-running a new cable.
- Expensive equipment.
- Requires a little bit of space in the work area.
- Operating a splicer without a surface for the equipment to sit on will be a difficult task.
- Not an appealing look when coiling up the remaining slack once termination is completed.