Connecting a really fast cable to the equipment that lights it up is important; especially when making a connection to high performance glass.
Fortunately, it’s easier to terminate fiber than ever before with these three
basic options in the field—each of which comes with its own advantages and
disadvantages based on performance and budget:
- Glue and polish – Legacy glue on connectors is the least expensive to
buy but needs the most time to install. And as trade labor becomes
scarcer the cost to install will continue to rise.
- Mechanical splice-on connectors (Qwik-II style) – These are the fastest
to put on. They’re also priced the highest per connector because all
of the polishing has already been completed, making them ready to
transmit light straight out of the package.
- Fusion (weld) – This is fast becoming the most economical option.
The cost to buy has become drastically more affordable than in years
past —making fusion splice machines affordable to anyone that regularly
terminates fibers. That is great news since there are now fusion splice
machines that include all tooling on the machine. These all-in-one units
strip, clean and cleave the glass before fusing the connector. With this type
of machine even novices will be in a position to have nearly 100% success.
Fusion splicing uses pre-polished pigtails or now Splice on Connectors (SOC).
When you combine the speed of fusion efficiency with an inexpensive
connector, plus the fact that it provides the highest performance, you have an option to be reckoned with.