Fiber Optic

Fiber Optic Patch/Jumper Cables are used to connect short distances between switches, routers, patch panels, MTP cassettes, servers, and more. We have a wide range of OM4, OM3 OS2, and MTP cables to fit your needs.

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LC - UPC - Simplex

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The Lucent Connector, named after it's inventor is the most common fiber patch cable connector currently in use. It is designed for compatibility with Small Form-Factor Pluggable Transceivers (SFP) in high density connections. This is a single fiber connector, that is designed for fixing into a Simplex Transceiver and has a locking mechanism at the top of the connector. The Ferrule is Ceramic and has a diameter of 1.25mm. Since the foot print of this connector is about half that of its predecessor (SC), it has become very popular in high density data patch applications.


This is also classified by its "ferrule polish" as an Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector. This is identified by Blue for SM and "Grey" for MM and is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is convex and an extended polishing method before attachment. The ends butt up against one another on a perpendicular plane. The main issue with the design is the tendency for back reflection with poor cleaving and repeat mattings

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Angled Physical Contact Connector (APC)

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The Angled Physical Contact (APC) Connector is a connection tip design for the Ferrule of the Connector. The tip narrows similar to the UPC, however the connection point is angled. This was in response to the field studies of the UPC "back reflection" increasing after repeat mating and un-mating of the connector. The APC has a slight 8* angle to the end-face which creates a tighter connection and smaller end-face radii. Due to the APC's superior performance in return losses, it is most commonly used in analogue applications where the equipment is much more sensitive to changes in signal. These include Radio FrequencyEquipment and Highly Sensitive Test Equipment.

Ultra Physical Contact Connector (UPC)

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The Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector is a connection tip design for the Ferrule of the connector. The tip narrows, utilizing an extended polishing method which creates a finer fiber surface finish than Flat Connectors (not narrowed tip). This effectively provides a more reliable signal for digital TV and systems, where the UPC connector currently dominates the market. The design is said to have diminishing results after repeat mating and unmating of the ferrule tip. This repeat usage will increase the back reflection, lowering the quality of signal.

OM5 Fiber

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The fifth type of multimode fiber cable, identified by a lime green jacket per industry standards, has a core size of 50μm. It can support the wavelengths of 850 to 950 nanometers and utilizes Short Wave Division Multiplexing to transmit multiple wavelengths on a single fiber. This is the recommended fiber when transmitting 200G or 400g ethernet, as it saves cost compared to running multiple parallel fiber channels.


An OM5 fiber cable can reach up to 440 meters in a 40G SWDM4 transceiver, and 150m in a 100G-SWDM4 transciever. 

OM4 Fiber

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The fourt type of multimode fiber cable, identified by an aqua blue jacket per industry standards, has a core size of 50μm. It is designed for Laser transmission in order to support 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet Speeds. OM3 and OM4 are the current industry standard, but are quickly being outdated by the new OM5 fiber for its SWDM capabilities. An inconvenience of this cable is there is no easy identifier between OM3 and OM4 fiber.

OM3 Fiber

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The third type of multimode fiber cable, identified by an aqua blue jacket per industry standards, has a core size of 50μm. It is designed for Laser transmission in order to support 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet Speeds. OM3 and OM4 are the current industry standard, but are quickly being outdated by the new OM5 fiber for its SWDM capabilities. An inconveiniece of this cable is there is no easy identifier between OM3 and OM4 fiber.

OM2 Fiber

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The second Multimode Fiber Cable, identified by an orange jacket per industry standard, has a core size of 50μm. It is designed for LED transmittion, and is commonly used for 1000Mbps/ 1Gbapplications. This fiber cable has since been outdated, however a common field issue with retrofitting is there is no easy identifier between OM1 and OM2.

OM1 Fiber

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The first Multimode Fiber Cable, identified by an orange jacket per industry standard, has a core size of 62.5μm. It is designed for LED transmittion, and is commonly used for 100Mbps applications. This fiber cable has since been outdated, however a common field issue with retrofitting is there is no easy identifier between OM1 and OM2

LC - APC - Simplex

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The Lucent Connector, named after it's inventor is the most common fiber patch cable connector currently in use. It is designed for compatibility with Small Form-Factor Pluggable Transceivers (SFP) in high density connections. This is a single fiber connector, that is designed for fixing into a Simplex Transceiver and has a locking mechanism at the top of the connector. The Ferrule is Ceramic and has a diameter of 1.25mm. Since the foot print of this connector is about half that of its predecessor (SC), it has become very popular in high density data patch applications.


This is also classified by its "ferrule polish" as an Angled Physical Contact (APC) Connector. This is identified by the "Green" color of the connector and is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is a convex angle of 8*, that was the solution to degradation of performance in UPC connectors after repeat mating/unmating. This is commonly used in radio applications where there is high sensitivity to changes in signal. The biggest draw back of the APC connector is that it is not compatible with the three other kinds of ferrule designs.

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ST - UPC - Simplex

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This is also classified as an Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector. This is identified by the "Blue" color of the connector and is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is convex and an extended polishing method before attachment. The ends butt up against one another on a perpendicular plane. The main issue with the design is the tendency for back reflection with poor cleaving and repeat matings.



This is also classified by its "ferrule polish" as an Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector. This is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is convex and an extended polishing method before attachment. The ends butt up against one another on a perpendicular plane. The main issue with the design is the tendency for back reflection with poor cleaving and repeat matings.

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ST - APC - Simplex

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The straight tip connector is commonly used in Datacom applications and precise measuring equipment. The connector uses a bayonet fitment (screw into place) as a locking mechanism. This is also commonly used in multimode applications. Due to the complexity of installation and manufacturing, the use of these have declined in the past decade. In retrofits, the new more robust LC is usually used to replace this connector.


This is also classified by its "ferrule polish" as an Angled Physical Contact (APC) Connector. This is identified by the "Green" color of the connector and is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is a convex angle of 8*, that was the solution to degradation of performance in UPC connectors after repeat mating/unmating. This is commonly used in radio applications where there is high sensitivity to changes in signal. The biggest draw back of the APC connector is that it is not compatible with the three other kinds of Ferrule designs.

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SC - UPC - Duplex

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Referred to as the "square connector", the SC has a push-pull coupling lock with a spring loaded ferrule. It was standardized into the telecom specs TIA-568-A and slowly grew in popularity because of its excellent performance. It is commonly used datacom/telecom point to point communication.



This is also classified by its "ferrule polish" as an Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector. This is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is convex and an extended polishing method before attachment. The ends butt up against one another on a perpendicular plane. The main issue with the design is the tendency for back reflection with poor cleaving and repeat matings.

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MTP Connector

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MTP is the Multifiber Connector that is commonly used in prefabrication plants, or for ribbon cables. The polymer ferrule can support 24 fibers in a single ferrule. Multifiber connectors are not currently designed for field fit applications, so these are mainly used for lab termination. In high density data centers they are used extensively, in SM and MM wavelength applications.  It features a pull tab locking mechanism, and can only be plugged into the opposing connector. In data centers this is commonly used in break-out cable applications with several single fiber connector types connected to this one multi fiber connector for easy repatching. 

LC - UPC - Duplex

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The Lucent Connector, named after it's inventor is the most common fiber patch cable connector currently in use. It is designed for compatibility with Small Form-Factor Pluggable Transceivers (SFP) in high density connections. This is a duplex-single fiber connector, that is designed for fixing into a Duplex Transceiver and has a locking mechanism at the top of the connector. The Ferrule is Ceramic and has a diameter of 1.25mm. Since the foot print of this connector is about half that of its predecessor (SC), it has become very popular in high density data patch applications. This duplex application is common since most fiber patch connections must be able to communicate both ways, on seperate channels.


This is also classified as by its "ferrule polish" an Ultra Physical Contact (UPC) Connector. This is identified by Blue for SM and Grey for MM and is regarding the connection point/shape of the ferrule tip. The tip is convex and an extended polishing method before attachment. The ends butt up against one another on a perpendicular plane. The main issue with the design is the tendency for back reflection with poor cleaving and repeat matings.

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Short Wavelength Division Multiplexing (SWDM)

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Short Wavelength Division Multiplexing (SWDM) is regarded as one of the most interesting, and important advancements to date in Fiber Optics. The technology was conceived in response to the rapid increase in data transmition needs, and the limitations of Multimode Fiber. It effectively turns one channel of fiber into as much as 40 channels. Data is sent in individual rays of light, which are then "MUX"ed into a single beam of light that travels the length of the fiber. Think of "MUX"ing as shinning a light into a prism, but the opposite effect. Once the data reaches it's destination, it is then "DE-MUX"ed where it is separated back into the individual channels of light.

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