When fiber optic cables are being installed, installers will have the option of using two different types of assemblies. There are field terminated fiber optic assemblies as well as pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies. Both of these assemblies will work just fine once they’re in place, but there are pros and cons to using each one. Learn about the differences between the two below.
What are field terminated fiber optic assemblies?
Field terminated fiber optic assemblies are assemblies that are terminated as a fiber optic cable installation is taking place. The termination occurs after fiber optic cables have been pulled between two different points and connectors have been attached to them. The advantage of using field terminated fiber optic assemblies is that you don’t have to determine how long cables are going to be ahead of time. But it’s worth noting that there is more work that needs to be done when using these assemblies. It can result in installations lasting longer, and there are also termination issues that can pop up and delay installations altogether.
What are pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies?
Pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies contain the same basic components as field terminated fiber optic assemblies, including fiber optic cables, connectors, and more. But the difference is that these assemblies come fully assembled straight from the manufacturer. This means that installers don’t have to take time terminating these cables on their own. They do, however, need to take accurate measurements ahead of time so that cables are the right length. Wrong measurements could put a halt to an installation job and lead to additional material expenses.
Which assembly should you use?
There are advantages and disadvantages of using both field terminated fiber optic assemblies and pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies. The right choice all depends on the skill level of the technicians that are doing an installation and the overall budget for a fiber optic project.
Connected Fiber knows all about both field terminated and pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies. Call us at 910-443-0532 today to use our fiber optic services to carry out a successful fiber optic installation.