Fiber optic cabling offers the fastest network connections and performance. A good fiber optic network can handle all your network traffic and applications with fewer cables than copper wiring and with much smaller overhead.
However, you need more than just cables to have a great network. Fiber optic networks use light to transmit data, and that light needs an unobstructed path through the optical fiber strands to do its job. Network engineer have to make sure the light passes from one cable to the next without hitting anything in between. In other words, how the fiber strands are spliced and terminated is as important as the fiber optic cables themselves.
Fiber Optic Splicing
Splicing cables together is one of the most labor intensive network installation tasks, requiring time, special tools, training, and skills to do it right. Splicing combines two cables into one, but the glass fibers are extremely fragile and one wrong move can ruin an entire strand.
Splicing offers the lowest data losses and attenuation for your network, but it cannot do everything. Network engineers need to use optical fiber connectors to bridge the gaps between the cables and your devices.
Optical Fiber Connectors
These connectors pass light to transceivers that translate the light into the electrical signals your devices need. However, any imperfection between the cables and the connectors, and the signals will not go through. Network engineers have to ensure the ends of the fiber strands are properly terminated and fit snugly into the connectors.