Fiber U Free Self Study Programs

Fiber Optic Connector Identification MiniCourse

fiber optic connector identification

Fiber Optic Connector Identification MiniCourse

Fiber U MiniCourses are courses on a specific topic that you can take in about an hour or less. They are based on questions people ask FOA all the time, so the topics are recommended by our readers.

Level: Basic

Intended For:
Designers of fiber optic communications networks
Users of fiber optic communications networks
Contractors and techs who install, operate and maintain them.

Objectives: From this self-study program you should learn:
How to identify the most common fiber optic connectors in use today
How to identify older connectors that may still be in use in some systems
Some history of the development of fiber optic connectors

You will need a basic understanding of fiber optics, e.g. training and a FOA CFOT certification or at least a familiarity with fiber optic technology.
For an quick, simple overview of fiber optics, you can use one of these three options: 1) the Fiber U self-study program Fiber Optics in Communications and How It Works, 2) the FOA YouTube Videos Fiber Optics and Communications and How To "Talk" Fiber Optics or 3) Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics  

For more information on fiber optic connectors, see the section on Fiber Optic Connectors and Splices in the Fiber U Basic Fiber Optics self-study program or Chapter 7 in the printed FOA textbook FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics.

Fiber U Certificate of Completion
When you finish, you can take an online test on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The test cost for a Fiber U MiniCourse is $10US.

The development of fiber optic connectors was equally important to the growth of fiber optic applications as was the development of fiber, cable, lasers, etc. The first fiber optic connectors were developed in the mid to late 1970s for the first multimode fibers. When singlemode fiber began to become available in the early-mid 1980s, the connector became a critical component needed to precisely align the extremely small cores of singlemode fibers. Early connectors like the SMA and Biconic were replaced by  FC, ST and D4 connectors that could provide the greater
precision demanded by singlemode fibers. In the late 1990s, a new generation of smaller connectors were needed for higher density patch panels and smaller transceiver modules. The pursuit of smaller, higher density connectors continues to this day.

Over the history of fiber optics, more than 100 connector designs have been developed, but only a few gained widespread use. This course will focus on the popular connectors today, then look at some of the other designs and help the user learn how to identify connectors, especially some older ones, when they encounter them in their work.

For this lesson plan you will be instructed to watch the videos, read the references and take a quiz (Test Your Knowledge) to complete the course.

Lesson Plans
Watch the videos, read the section in the FOA Guide and take the quiz. For this course, we recommend watching the videos first and then reading the FOA Guide page on Restoration. There is a short quiz you can use to check your comprehension. The Certificate of Completion test is based on those materials.


FOA Lecture 54 Fiber Optic Connector Identification

FOA Guide
Fiber Optic Connector Identifier
Connector Names And Terminilogy.

Additional reading:

Test Your Comprehension
Fiber Optic Connector Identification Quiz

Fiber U Certificate of  Completion
When you finish all the assignments you can take an online test on this course to qualify for a "Fiber U Certificate of Completion." The test cost is $10US.

Go here to take the Fiber U Connector Identification Certificate of Completion test. Here are detail directions if this is your first time taking a
Fiber U Certificate of Completion exam.

This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to those interested in teaching, designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using fiber optic communications systems or networks. It is intended to be used as an overview and/or basic guidelines and in no way should be considered to be complete or comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for learning, as a reference and for creating their own documentation, project specifications, etc. Those working with fiber optics in the classroom, laboratory or field should follow all safety rules carefully. The FOA assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.


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