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Fiber Optic Termination

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.

Connectors Termination

  • Pro
    • 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.
  • Con
    • The insertion loss is higher than splicing.
    • Some connectors termination methods are more time consuming.

Splicing Termination

  • Pro
    • 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.
  • Con
    • 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.
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