Faster to Know Fiber Patch Cables and Choose it Correctly

Fiber optic patch cable, a quite simple but necessary fiber optic products in our optical network, all people who works in the fiber optical industry almost have some knowledge about it. It mainly includes a fiber optic cable and a connector on its end parts, and this kind of fiber optic cable is used to communicate with different optical devices or other electronic devices for transmitting the signal, since these points, we can believe that has different types, different connectors, different lengths, different applications and so on. However, these differences can help me choose what we need and today this page will explain fiber patch cables from different aspects and hope this page give you some helps.

fiber patch cable

Firstly, we must have it in mind is fiber optic connector, as you know, at its end parts we can see that many different connectors, the commonly used connectors are ST, SC, LC, MT-RJ, FC, MU, SMA, ESCON, FDDI and etc…, well, the two sides all can be different, it just means such as LC to ST fiber patch cable, FC to sc fiber patch cable and others. Fiber application for fiber optic connectors can be singlemode and multimode patch cable, we usually see it and it sometimes abbreviation as SM and MM patch cable. Of course, they can have different options, for example, singlemode LC to ST fiber patch cable or multimode FC to SC fiber patch cable… The Figure show four common types of fiber connectors.


As for the the differences between singlemode and multimode fiber optic cables, singlemode is an optical fiber cable with a small core (eg 2-9 microns) that supports one mode and multimode is an optical fiber with a core (25-200 microns) that supports several mode and the core size is also different, commonly SM is 8.3/125 and multimode is 62.5/125, except this, singlemode used to high speed, long distance links and multimode used for lower speed and short distance links. Then another category is usually forgotten, the mode conditioning fiber cables, it is specific to gigabit ethernet applications, all these cables are not interchangeable. By the way,there are some types we have to mention it, it is simplex and duplex cable, simplex cable has a single fiber and duplex cable has two fibers and they usually in zipcord (side by side) style, simplex 3mm and duplex 3mm are shown as the Figure.

simplex and duplex

Secondly, the jacket types are we also nend to know, available jacket types are PVC riser, ofnp plenum, indoor and outdoor riser, indoor and outdoor plenum, aerial and direct burial, waterproof fiber optic patch cords, ribbon fiber optic cables and bunched fiber optic cables. In Fiberstore, PVC/lszh patch cables category are OM1, OM2, OM3 cables and OM4 fiber cables, and the OM3 and OM4 provide data transfer speeds of 10G in 10Gbe high bandwidth applications via OM4 fiber, it is faster than equal μm OM2 fiber, and the OM1 and OM2 fiber cables in Fiberstore all multimode fiber cables.

Finally, the pulling eye option is also important, it is the end of the cable to prevent damage during installation. During the fiber optic installation, the force is redirected to the body of the cable instead of the core or connectors, this reduces the stress and damage to the fibers, it maybe removed and reused. They are used in telecommunication network, active device termination, CATV networks and local area networks.

Well, when we know some knowledge of fiber patch cables, and the next step we need to know where to buy it, there is a quite good site for you, Fiberstore will be you good choice, it has professional solution to provide for you and high quality fiber cables to supply, include fiber optic cables and even fiber optic pigtails, more to say, Fiberstore is doing big sales for the festal arrival, if there are some needs, welcome to have a try.

Using Fiber Optic Patch Cords to connect

Fiber-optic broadband access as a mainstream way to communicate with a large capacity, long-distance relay, good performance, adaptable, small size, light weight, low raw material prices and other advantages of wide sources confidential, the future of broadband Internet access applications can be expected to be very extensive. When we use the access fiber to the city, we have to apply to the fiber jumpers, fiber optic patch cords from the device used to make the fiber optic cabling link. Has a thick layer of protection, generally used in the connection between the Optical and terminal box.

Like the RJ-45 as easily, 3M VolitionVF-45 jacks and vf45 fiber patch cord are the latest fiber-optic network to the desktop duplex fiber optic interconnection, VF-45 plug and socket 8-pin modular jacks work like like to bring fiber applications and RJ simplicity of the interface as -45. VF-45 socket wiring board can be terminated on site and building horizontal cabling between telecommunications, takes less than one minute, two-core fiber can be terminated.

FC-FC Duplex 10G OM3 50125 Multimode Fiber Patch Cable

Fiber optic patch cords from the device used to make the fiber optic cabling link. Has a thick layer of protection, generally used in the connection between the Optical and terminal box. And press the connector fiber optic patch cords can be divided into: FC patch cords, ST patch cords, SC patch cords, LC patch cords, MU patch cords, MPO/MTP fiber optic patch cord , E2000 patch cords, MTRJ patch cords, SMA patch cords, etc.

The physical connection between the connecting hardware and the high-speed LAN/WAN or telecommunications equipment is through fiber optic patch cords. fiber optic patch cords are used to facilitate fast and easy moves, changes, or additions to the high-speed LAN/WAN at the wiring closet. They also make the connection to user equipment such as high-speed LAN/WAN interface cards at the desktop.

It is debatable whether patch cables can be considered a part of the structured wiring system. By definition, they are not because their use changes as the needs of the high-speed LAN/WAN users change. But they are so well defined by the ANSI/TIA/EIA-T568-A standard that it is an easy intellectual jump to include them in any dicussion of structured wiring.

You should not minimize the quality and performance of the patch cables you use for connecting to your patch panels and wall plates. They are as important as any other component in your structured cabling system.

Patch cord, by their very nature, are intended to be moved and flexed. For this reason, patch cables should be made from cable with stranded conductors, which offer a much greater flex life and are better suited for this application than solid conductors. Fiber jumpers and jumper twisted pair is the same use, multi-turn for the wiring. Changing the direction of the line layout. Because jumpers softer than light. And folding high.

You must take into account the length of the patch cables when planning your installation. As stated earlier, the maximum horizontal cable run cannot exceed 90 meters (285 feet). In addition, the EIA/TIA T568 standard allows for a maxium patch cable length of six meters (20 feet) in the wiring closet and three meters (ten feet) at the workstation outlet. The main horizontal cable run must be reduced by the excess amount so as not to exceed an overall length of 100 meters, including both horizontal cabling and patch cables if either of these lengths is exceeded. Another decision you will need to make concerning patch cables is whether to purchase them preassembled or to built them yourself. On the surface, building your own may seem like a way to save money, but of all the components in a structured wiring system, patch cables are probably the most difficult and time-consuming to assemble.

You will need three things to assemble your own patch cords: the proper cable, the proper connectors, and the proper crimp tool. The cable you choose must meet all of the mechanical, electrical, and performance specifications of the cable. In addition, you shoud choose the cable type and color based on the previous discussion.

If you are interested in using fiber optic, welcome to our fiberstore to buy related products, such as fiber optic cable, fiber optic connectors, fiber optic jumpers, etc. and even you can buy online.

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FiberStore Multi Core Fiber Patch Cables for High Density Network

With the increasing users’demand for high brandwith network, multi-fiber technology has become the most welcomed network solutions. Multi-fiber systems allows high-density connections between equipments in telecommunication rooms. Multi-fiber network is achieved with the help of multi-fiber products like multi core/fiber patch cables. Multi core patch cables are individually reinforced fiber terminated with fiber optic connectors on both end, they are widely used as the trunk cable to connect two equipments in CATV, LANS, Telecom, Video, active devices termination, telecommunication networks and Gigaibt.

FiberStore has been providing quality fiber optical cabling and connectivity solutions to datacomm and telecommunication industries to worldwide customers for over ten years. As a specialized fiber optic cables and patch cables manufacturer, we have conducted rigorous quality controls on each manufacture steps, to make sure that all of our fiber optic cables are completely ROHS and REACH compliant. Our fiber optic patch cables are classified to common OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4 patch cables, Armored fiber patch cables, related fiber cables, as well as the multi core fiber patch cables.

Among these, multi-fiber optical patch cable includes the trunk common connector type multi-core fiber patch cable and MTP fiber patch cable. Multi core fiber patch cable get its name as it is consist of multi core fiber, which also called multi fiber patch cable. Multi core fiber patch cables is mostly commonly used for trunk cable plant and can be as the distribution or breakout patch cable. We offer the common fiber trunk patch cables with SC, LC, FC, ST, MTRJ, MU, E2000 connectors at both end. For each connector type, like LC, there are LC-LC connector, FC, SC, ST, MTRJ, MU, E2000, LC to SMA. They are optically and electrically inspected and tested using accepted industry test procedures as recommended by the most current version of ANSI/TIA-455B standard test procedure for standard fiber optic fiber, cables, transducers, sensors, connecting & terminating devices, and other components.

MTP hybrid patch cable with one MTP connect at one end, and other common connectors like SC, LC, FC, ST, etc. at the other end to connect with the some connector multi fiber patch cables. Since the MTP connector is almost the same size with the common connectors, but it can accommodate 12 fiber into one connector, thus it provides up to 12 times the density of the stand multi core patch cables. MTP fiber patch cable includes the MTP standard and hybrid trunk cable. MTP trunk patch cables are calassified classified into standard MTP to MPO/ MTP to MPO fiber connector trunk, MTP hybrid (MTP to common connectors) trunk cable. Similar with the MTP cassettes, MTP patch cable make it is possible to run a single cable automatically terminated with up to 12 fibers in one single plug in.

The multi core fiber patch cables features includes:
Multi-fiber channel options
Various option of fiber and connector types
Standard or custom configurations
Easy to use, easy to install and maintain
Low insertion loss and back reflection
Custom defined specifications
Environmentally stable
Complete with orange OFNR rated riser/jacket
100% optically tested to ensure high performance
According to different requirements, 4 to 966 cores are available

FTTH, LAN, Test equipment, Military industry
Outside plant
Premise networks
Aerial distribution
Measuring equipments
Fiber optic communication system
Optical active component and equipment

We offer customization solutions for these multi core optical patch cables with options of any fiber type, any connectors, and lengths and even customer logo and label on fiber patch cables. Fiber types is selectable from 10G OM3, OM4 optical fiber, single mode 9/125 optical fiber, OM1, OM2 multimode 50/125 fibers.

How Many Types of Fiber Optic Patch Cables Available at FiberStore

FiberStore is a leading manufacturer of broad range of fiber optic and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions. Our products include fiber optic and copper cabling, fiber optic and copper connectors, fiber optic and copper patch cables, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper cable assemblies, etc. Fiber optic cable and fiber patch cables can be classified to thousands of types as the various in the fiber structures, fiber numbers, connector types (for patch cables only) as well as the application areas. Then, how many fiber patch cables does FiberStore provide? It is hard to give an actually number, because it is too many to calculate. To better interpret this answer, let’s start an overview on FiberStore fiber patch cable types:

It is well known that an optical fiber patch cord is composed of a fiber optic cables with two fiber connectors terminated on each end. It is typically used to in computer work station to outlet and fiber optic patch panels or optical cross connect distribution center. According to common cable structures, functions, and major applications, fiber patch cable can be divided into different types: common fiber patch cables, armored fiber patch cables, fiber optic pigtails, mpo/mtp fiber cables, fiber pigtails, multi-core fiber patch cables, and other special patch cables such as volition fiber patch cables, military grade patch cables, pre-terminated fiber cables, etc.

Common fiber patch cables
Common fiber patch cables refer to patch cables that commonly structured with fiber, out sheath and tight buffer. According the fiber fiber types, common fiber patch cables are generally divided into OM1 multimode, OM2 multimode, 10G OM3 and 10G OM4 types. All of them can terminated with a variety of connector types such as LC, SC, ST, FC, MU and MTRJ.

Armored Fiber Patch Cables
Armored fiber patch cable can be understanded as the armored fiber optic cable terminated with fiber connectors on each end. This patch cable use rugged shell with aluminum armor and kevlar inside the jacket, and it is 10 times stronger than common fiber patch cable. This will help make the armored fiber patch cord resistant of high tension and pressure. We supply armored fiber optic patch cable, including 10G OM4/ OM3, 9/125, 50/125, 62.5/125 fiber types.

Multi Core Fiber Patch Cables
Multi core fiber patch cord are individually reinforced fibers terminated with fiber optic connectors. When the optical fiber is terminated on both ends it is termed as patch cord. The multi core patch cable is widely used for CATV, LANS, Telecom, Video, active device termination, telecommunication networks and Gigabit. Varies connector types are available including SC, SC/APC, FC, FC/APC, LC, ST.

Fiber Optic Pigtails
Pigtail fiber optic cable can be get by cutting the fiber patch cables in the middle, so that the pigtail is an fiber patch cable with fiber connector at only one side to link to the equipment while the other side can be melt with optical cables fibers. FiberStore supply 10G 50/125, 62.5/125, 50/125 multimode optic pigtail with SC, ST, FC, LC MT-RJ, SC/APC, FC/APC, E2000 fiber optic connectors.

MPO MTP Fiber Cables
MPO fiber cables are designed to meet the multi-fiber technology for fiber optic network. . It uses a high-density multi-fiber connector system built around precision molded MT ferrule. FiberStore’s MPO fiber cables are available in UPC and APC and APC finishes, support both multimode and single mode applications, and optional lengths availableExcept for the mentioned types fiber patch cables, FiberStore also offers many other fiber patch cables, which will be introduced in the next article, you can also go to to know the details in advance!

FiberStore Military Grad Fiber Patch Cable Introduction

Several new lines of military tactical rated optical fiber patch cable assemblies has recently introduced by FiberStore Inc. The new military grade fiber patch cable includes single mode, multimode OM2 and OM3 and in three versions LC, SC, or ruggedized ST connectors. The new lines include stock lengths from 1 to 10 meters. FiberStore online custom cable configurator can new be used to create custom lengths with no minimum order quantities to be built-in a little as two days.

Military Grade Fiber cable are built with specialized military tactical fiber cable that features impact and crush resistance characteristics which comply with miliary requirements. Additionally, these robust assemblies are rated for operating temperatures of -40o to +75o Celsius. Three versions are available including Duplex ST, SC and LC types in any cut lengths. These assemblies are excellent for use in military vehicles and in field deployed communications equipment.

FiberStore military tactical fiber optic cable is built for the abuse of battlefield utilization. It has an outdoor-rated polyurethane jacket that resists UV radiation, cuts, abrasions and chemicals. The cable are impact resistant (meeting TIA/EIA-455-25 military specifications), crush resistant (meeting TIA/EIA-455-41 military specifications), and they support a max tensile load of 1000 Newtons (N) with a minimum bend radius (MBR) or 5.0 cm for installation.

Used to connect communications equipment that utilize ST, SC or LC OM1 62.5/125 Multimode fiber interfaces
Cable meets Military requirements for crush and impact resistance & rugged Polyurethane jacket protects against cuts, abrasions and chemicals
Impact Resistance: EIA/TIA-455-25, (Military Req.) Crush Resistance: EIA/TIA-455-41, (Military Req.)
Multiple off the shelf lengths provide design flexibility and FiberStore’ Custom Cable Configurator can be create your own lengths and /or connector combinations
The connector are stainless steel bodies which resist rust and corrosion

Military networks
Industrial Ethernet
Harsh environment applications
Combat vehicles

About FiberStore
FiberStore is a one of the main fibre optic cable manufacturers of broad range of fiber optic and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high quality, warranted products which operate as a system solutions for seamless integrate with other providers’ offerings. FiberStore products include fiber optic and copper cabling, fiber optic and copper connectors, specialty fiber optic and copper connectors, fiber optic and copper patch cords, LSZH cables, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper cable assemblies, racks, cabinets, datacom enclosures, fiber optic and copper patch panels, faceplates, fiber optic accessories and other cable and connectivity management accessories. FiberStore products are designed to meet the most demanding needs of end-users, delivering a high degree of reliability and outstanding performance characteristics.