Fiber optic termination and splicing

We terminate fiber optic cable two ways – with connectors that can mate two fibers to create a temporary joint and/or connect the fiber to a piece of network gear or with splices which create a permanent joint between the two fibers.

According to Which field-termination method best fits your fiber-optic LAN? article over the past couple decades, as technologies in fiber-optic termination have advanced, it has become easier to install a connector. Several proven technologies are used to terminate an optical fiber in the field. The most common termination methods are no-epoxy/no-polish, epoxy-and-polish, and pigtail splicing.

Fiber Optic Termination Tutorial tells that manufacturers have come up with over 80 styles of connectors and and about a dozen ways to install them. Different connectors and splice termination procedures are used for single-mode and multi-mode connectors.

Here are some videos on fiber optic termination and splicing:

How To Splice Fiber Optic Cable Manually without using Electronic Splicing Machine

How to Terminate Fiber Optic Network Cable

Terminating Fiber Optic Cable

How to Terminate Breakout and Distribution Fiber Optic Cables

DIY FiberOptics Kit we page shows how to design, make and share cheap kit for splicing fiberoptics (using reprap and commonly available items). Check also DIY: How to do a fiber optic mechanical splicing: steps and tips and DIY/Solved! How to Cut/Cleave Optical Fibers Without A Cleaving Tool


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How-To Install a Optical Fiber Splice-On Connector with ANY Fusion Splicer

    Wirewerks Optical Fiber Splice-On Connectors combine the performance and reliability advantages of fusion splicing with the flexibility and on-site termination benefits of field-installable connectors.


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