Pre-Made Fiber Optic Cable

Pre-Made Fiber Optic Cable

Say goodbye to the hassle of field termination. Our pre-made fiber optic cables are ready to use right out of the box.

The use of fiber optic cables for long-distance networks is highly advantageous due to their ability to carry high-speed data over incredible distances and their immunity to surges. The signal can travel up to 80 km with acceptable signal loss. However, it is important to note that fiber optic cables are fragile. Unlike UTP Ethernet cables (Cat5e or Cat6), their cores are made of pure glass. This fragility makes it difficult to build connectors for these cables, as crimping or applying excessive pressure can break the glass and damage the cables.

3 Ways to Terminate Fiber Optic Cables

Fusion Splice Connectors

This is a common solution that involves using fusion tools to join a patch cord to the main fiber optic cable. While this method provides a secure connection, it can be expensive due to the need for specialized tools and the heating and melting process involved.

Mechanical Splicing

 With this method, the main fiber optic core is attached to a self-contained assembly connector. An index-matching gel is used to ensure precise alignment between the fibers. However, it is worth noting that the gel may age over time, resulting in increased insert loss.

Pre-made fiber optic cable

The connectors are pre-made in the factory and there are no joining points. Usually, it comes pulling eyes on both ends. It is simply plug-and-play and provides the most durable solution.

Types of Pre-Made Fiber Optic Cables

Indoor/Outdoor Pre-Made fiber optic cable

This pre-made cable features a fireproof PVC jacket, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor deployment. It is light, flexible, and cost-effective. However, if the cable needs to be buried, it must be passed through a conduit. The indoor/outdoor type pre-made fiber optic cable can handle 1G/10G network speeds in incredible length.

Direct Burial Pre-Made Fiber Optic Cable

This cable is designed for direct burial, featuring a loose-buffered optical fiber with steel armor, strength members, a water-blocking aramid yarn, and a thicker outer jacket. While they’re heavier and more costly than the indoor/outdoor type, armored fiber optic cables are less susceptible to temperature and mechanical stress, eliminating the need for conduit installations.

Hybrid Pre-Made Fiber Optic cable

Since fiber optic cables cannot transmit power because they’re made of pure glass, the hybrid/composite fiber optic cable is designed to carry both data and power by integrating fiber and copper conductors under the same cable jacket. Similar to Direct Burial Pre-Made Fiber Optic Cable, the hybrid/composite cable also has a grounding pigtail to prevent electrical shocks and other potential dangers.

Tips to Install the Pre-made Fiber Optic Cable

1.Rather use too much thaRather use too much than too little. If the cable is too short, you will need to extend the cable with a coupler. It is always better to set a longer cable and leave a loop at both ends.n too little. If the cable is too short, you will need to extend the cable with a coupler. It is always better to set a longer cable and leave a loop at both ends.

2.Start pulling the cables from the middle to one direction when dealing with longer cable lengths. Unroll the rest of the cables from the spool, set it in an 8 figure, and start pulling in the opposite direction.

3.Be aware of the bending radius. Excessive bending at a tight angle can cause damage since the cable is made of pure glass. Use soft turns instead of sharp bends (90 degrees) when running the cable around the corner.

4.Even though the fiber optic cables don’t directly transmit electrical power, it is still crucial to properly ground and bond the cable, especially when using armored cables. The metal part is conductive and it could carry current if it is not grounded properly.

5.If you plan to bury the fiber optic cable, make sure the cable stays deep enough to avoid the pressure. We recommend you bury the cable at least one foot under the ground.