Allen Tel Fiber Optic Connectivity

Efficiency + Productivity = Lowest Cost

by Melvin J. Owens, RCDD, Director of Engineering, Allen Tel Products

Melvin Owens

The weakest link in an optical fiber network is often a minimally compliant jumper. Allen Tel tests 100% of our jumpers and ships them with dust covers - because you cannot afford costly downtime and troubleshooting. With the simple installation practice of ensuring that the connector ends remain clean or are cleaned properly whenever signal loss is detected, Allen Tel fiber connectivity provides the most cost-effective installation for you and your customers.

Installers of communication networks have discovered many benefits of optical fiber systems. Fiber is utilized everywhere and supports not only LAN backbones and industrial networks, but also telephones and cell phones, CATV, security cameras, etc. Optical fiber is often the most cost-effective means of transporting high bandwidth information.

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  • Bandwidth: Fiber links offer more than 1,000 times more bandwidth than copper.
  • Distance and performance: Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling standards (EIA/TIA 568) call for 90 meters (295 feet) of permanently installed copper cable and 10 meters (33 feet) of patch cords. Fiber can often support links of up to 300 meters, error-free, even at high data rates.
  • Security: An increasing need for security drives more demand for fiber. Government applications have long required optical fiber because it is more difficult to tap than copper. In addition, electromagnetic interference (EMI) over copper may be a problem for industrial networks utilizing motors, relays, welders, fluorescent lighting, etc.
  • Safety: Optical fiber does not conduct electricity and is immune to lighting and current surges which can damage sensitive equipment or pose threats of electrocution, fire or sparking.
  • Longevity: Superior bandwidth does not require frequent upgrades to fiber networks. Also, fiber runs have little risk of being damaged by harsh elements, such as water, chemicals, heat and corrosion.
  • Cost: Fiber is often easier to install than UTP, which is often subject to more stringent and time-consuming installation practices for cable-pulling and termination. Also, fiber installations are largely impacted by electronics costs which have dropped significantly over the past 10 years. Because fiber links support longer distances, centralized fiber LANs allow placement of all electronics in one location in or near the computer room. The telecom closet only requires passive fiber connection, so no power, UPS or air-conditioning is needed.

Allen Tel's fiber connectivity solution includes hundreds of jumper configurations, wall- and rack-mount cabinets, adapter modules and work-station outlets. Allen Tel meets the demands of your enterprise networks – today and tomorrow!