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Maintaining Fiber Optic Networks

    Maintaining Fiber Optic Networks

    Routine maintenance is an everyday part of life, especially if you own a car or a home. Routine maintenance, which helps to prevent problems from cropping up, can ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly or your home doesn’t need costly repairs. Not everything in life requires routine maintenance though and a prime example is that of a fiber optic network. However, that doesn’t mean the network won’t need maintenance every so often, which we will discuss in today’s post.

    Dirt Can be a Problem

    Dirt can be a problem for just about anything in your life, but it can truly be an issue when it comes to a fiber optic network. The ends of connectors in a fiber optic network are important to the transmission of data. They can become scratched if dirt is present, which means you should clean all dirt from the equipment when you notice it. If the dirt causes scratches you will experience high loss within the network.

    The best option here outside of cleaning the dirt regularly is to store all of the unconnected cables and panels with dust caps to prevent dust and dirt from harming the network. If this is not possible for you to do, you will need to find a piece of equipment that cleans computer equipment.

    If you are installing fiber optic cables for the first time in your home or office, it’s best to clean them prior to the installation. This will ensure that they work properly once hooked up and can prevent damage from occurring before you even get the network up and running.

    Bends in the Cable

    Even though fiber optic cable is very tough, it doesn’t mean bends and other materials lying on top of it won’t cause problems with the signal. The fiber likely will not brake when the cables are bent too tightly or too much tension is applied, but degradation could occur. This can lead to stress losses in the fiber.

    Even if the fiber cables are installed using careful techniques, they can still be damaged at a later point by others. For example, the cables could still be bent or have too much tension applied even after installation. Too much equipment or materials placed on top of the cables could also cause stress losses in the fiber.

    Use Innerduct

    Innerduct is a popular product used these days to protect fiber optic cables. The innerduct is used during installation projects, but can be added after the fact with a little bit of hard work. Innerduct is a plastic tube that comes in a bright orange color. The cables are fed through the tubing during installation and protect them from tight bends and too much tension. When you use innerduct tubing you can also prevent the cables from being accidentally cut by someone removing other wires near them. Pulling innerduct is easy despite its tough exterior.

    Do you have questions about maintaining your fiber optic network? Contact the experienced staff at Cadsourcing to discuss your options at 888-851-2047.