Monday, March 24, 2014

Armored Fiber Optic Cable Interlocking or loose tube?

Over the past few years I've received many phone calls about a need for an armored fiber optic cable. Most of the time people want an outdoor armored cable but there's also an indoor version. In one of our recent videos we compare the two.



I also want to mention that if your going to be terminating your own fiber cable remember, indoor interlocking fiber has a 900 size buffer, the loose tube has a smaller size 250. Let's check out the difference.



I think the reason why the loose tube is smaller is that it benefits the manufactures in the making of these cables. The smaller size allows for an overall smaller diameter of the tube inside the cable, this goes a long way in higher strand count cables, especially considering you only get 12 strands of fiber per tube. If you are going to terminate a "loose tube" fiber cable don't forget you need fan out kits.


What you do with a fan out kit is you slide the 250 size inside the fan out kit, the fan out kit builds your 250 size to a 900 and also adds strength and durability to that 250 size. Depending on what brand of connectors you decide to use when terminating you might have to build your cable to the 900 size to properly terminate your fiber cable.

I hope you've enjoyed this read, now do me a favor and share, like this post and follow me on Google plus.

Later skater!

"By Mercy Salinas"