|Experience Level: Intermediate|
|Time Required: Testing takes seconds per cable; minimal setup|
|Supplies: Fiber optic connectors, fiber optic cables, fiber optic tracer or visual fault locator, and a fiber optic microscope.|
Before installing your fiber optic network, one of the most important steps you can take to ensure data will be transmitted properly, is to test your cables and connectors for continuity. This tutorial will help you find out if your fiber cables and connectors are fit for transmission, in just a few simple steps.
Attach your fiber optic tracer or visual fault locator to the connector of the cable being tested
Send a light signal into the cable. While you're doing this, watch the other end of the cable closely. If light is detectable in the fiber core, this means there are no breaks in the fiber — and your cable is fit for use.
Using the fiber microscope, inspect the connectors' fiber ends to ensure they are smoothly polished and able to provide effective connection and transmission.
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