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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking, Fourth Edition by Bill Woodward, Andrew Oliviero

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Chapter 26. Connectors

The ideal traveling environment for a pulse of light is an unbroken optical fiber. At some point, however, that optical fiber must connect to a piece of equipment or join another optical fiber in order to extend its length or change the type of cable being used.

One of the most common methods for terminating an optical fiber, or making its end useful, is to use a connector. A connector is a device that protects the end of the optical fiber while allowing it to be quickly and reliably joined to equipment or other optical fibers.

Connectors are often used instead of splices to join two optical fibers together because they allow the optical fibers to be disconnected and reconnected easily. Splices, on the other hand, are permanent ...

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