Fibre optic cables are being used in an increasing number of applications, especially in networking for computers and cable/internet. Preparing these cables, however, takes time, and one of the biggest steps in preparing a fibre optic cable is cable termination. Learning how to terminate fibre optic cable can allow a person to modify his own network or devices or find a job within the technical or telecommunications industries.
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Things you need
- Fibre optic cable
- Cable stripper
- Cable crimper
- Curing holder
- Curing oven
- Fibre cleaver
- 5-15 micron film
- 5 micron aluminium oxide film
- 3-6 micron diamond film
- 1 micron diamond film
- HX film
Strip the end of the cable down with the cable stripper.
Inject epoxy into the connector ferrule.
Insert the fibre optic cable into the connector wall. The bare core of the wire should protrude about 1/2 an inch from the ferrule front.
Crimp the cable with the cable crimper. This makes the connection between the connector and the jacket secure.
Place the cable in the curing holder. The connector should face downward.
Cure the cable in the curing oven.
Cleave the fibre with the fibre cleaver. Get as close to the ferrule tip as you can.
Polish the tip of the cable using the 5-15 micron film, 5 micron aluminium oxide film, 3-6 micron diamond film, 1 micron diamond film, and HX film in order. You essentially are sanding down the cable tip.
Tips and warnings
- When you strip and crimp the cable, make sure you dispose of the trimmed-off cable properly. Even though the cables are very tiny, this is what makes them dangerous if inhaled or if they get under the skin--it is similar to fibreglass in that regard. You may want to wear a mask while working and wear a pair of gloves.
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