Fiber optic patch cords are very popular and common in the optical communication environment. These limited length cables are widely used in the interconnection of different network components and devices. To ensure 100% network uptime and system durability, it is important to know and follow all instructions and precautions regarding the use of fiber optic patch cords.
Fiber optic patch cords are used to provide connections between different types of network devices, including but not limited to fiber optic adapters, optical modules, fiber optic transceivers, or even switches, routers or almost every other device capable of sending or receiving information over fiber optics.
Consider we have an optical module installed in the switch. Now, let's list the general steps required to safely connect and disconnect fiber patch cables.
1. Remove the dust caps that cover the front and rear connectors of the jumper;
2. Store the removed dust caps in appropriate containers and designated locations;
3. Now, remove the dust plug provided on the optical module;
4. Insert the male connector into the female port of the optical module;
5. Use the following methods to correctly fix the fiber jumper.
1. Disable the interface for installing related optical modules;
2. Unplug the optical fiber connector from the optical module;
3. Cover the optical module with a dust plug;
4. Cover the optical fiber connector with a dust plug;
5. Here are some points to keep in mind when connecting and disconnecting fiber jumpers.
Only skilled and experienced personnel with a thorough understanding of the network layout are allowed to connect or disconnect jumpers.
Care must be taken to use appropriate personal protective equipment. Generally, goggles and protective gloves are recommended. Also, wear an anti-static wrist strap when working near or on active equipment. Always follow the patch cord manufacturer's recommendations regarding bend radius to avoid macrobend losses.
Do not hang fiber optic patch cords freely or scatter them on the floor. Use the appropriate cable reels to keep everything organized. For the safety of your eyes and vision, never look directly at the endpoints on any fiber.
Remember! Frequent plugging and unplugging of fiber optic patch cords can cause wear on the connector end face. Follow best housekeeping practices and keep work areas neat and tidy.
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