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Fiber pigtails are great for cable termination because they provide a strong physical connection between the fiber and the connector. The link between the two components is important for both mechanical support and optical efficiency.

In this brief, we’ll be discussing fiber pigtails for easier network cable termination. So, keep reading the article!

Fiber Pigtails For Easier Cable Termination:

Cable termination is the process of connecting two ends of a network cable to an Ethernet port on your router or switch. It’s not complicated, but it can be a hassle if you have a lot of cables to do. Most people will just plug the cable in and call it good, but there are a few reasons this isn’t ideal:

  • If you’re working with fiber optic cables, improper termination can cause them to overheat and even catch fire
  • Improperly terminating coaxial cables can cause data loss, as well as degraded network performance
  • Properly terminating network cables ensures that all of your ports are ready for immediate use, which makes troubleshooting or adding new devices much easier

Fiber optic pigtails are one of the most useful devices in a fiber splicing technician’s toolkit. Whether you’re working on a permanent installation or a field-terminated patch cable, these little devices can save your butt when you’re in a rush or when you don’t have the right tools.

Applicable to network and telecom applications that utilize standard-sized patch cables, fiber pigtails are nothing more than a length of bulk fiber optic cable with two SC connectors on either end. That’s it. And yet, they are indispensable for anyone who works with fiber optics.

Fiber pigtails may be purchased with either custom (user-defined) lengths or pre-defined lengths.

Custom lengths are handy for those who want to terminate patch cables for field testing or troubleshooting applications, where the exact length of each cable may not be known beforehand.

Pre-defined lengths make fiber pigtails more user-friendly for permanent cabling jobs—just buy the exact amount you need and you’re done!

Another advantage of pre-defined lengths is that they are typically color-coded to match popular network connector types: LC, LC/APC, MTRJ, MPO/MTP, and ST.