Connectors and Connections

Fiber optic connectors and connections can be the most important (and troublesome) part of a fiber optic cable plant. How well do you understand them?

1. Which of the following is the proper definition of a fiber optic connector?

Correct Answer: A device attached to a fiber that terminates it for mating to other fibers or transceivers

2. The quality of a fiber optic connector depends on its ________.

Correct Answer: All of the above

3. Most fiber optic connectors use ________ ferrules to hold the fiber because it best matches the glass fiber’s properties.

Correct Answer: Ceramic

4. A single fiber optic connector cannot be said to have loss; loss is defined as the light lost when two connectors are mated to create a joint between two fibers and should be described as “connection loss.”

Correct Answer: True

5. Which is the correct term to use: “connector loss” or “connection loss”?

Correct Answer: Connection loss

6. To measure the loss of a fiber optic connector, you ________.

Correct Answer: Mate the connector to a reference cable and read the loss

7. Single-mode connectors have ________ to ensure proper performance.

Correct Answer: All of the above

8. Connectors for single-mode fiber can be field-polished by the average installer to have adequate loss and reflectance.

Correct Answer: False

9. The most common problem with high connector loss is ________.

Correct Answer: Dirt or contamination

10. Factory-made connectors on patchcords or cables use the ________ method of attaching connectors.

Correct Answer: Epoxy/polish