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Pfft
Member since Jul 2014
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Fiber optic cable terminating
Anyone do this kind of work? We are looking to start providing this service. Any info on a good kit to get started would be appreciated.


VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Fiber optic cable terminating
Corning Unicams. If you want to do splicing the equipment is expensive.

You can do training with Corning for unicams. What are you looking to do and where? This isn't something you just jump into.

If you're looking to do splicing and especially ribbon splicing you should hire an experienced tech ASAP. I outsource all of our splicing and we do unicams in house. My guys are all BICSI certified.

Do you have a Fluke to certify your fibers? If not, it's a requirement. You have to be able to certify, run a VFL and do troubleshooting at the minimum.


Pfft
Member since Jul 2014
778 posts

re: Fiber optic cable terminating
Just terminate and splice single and multi-mode cables to network fire panels together.
We use converter cards on each end and hook in to the panel with copper.
Were probably going to send one of our techs to a training class.
I saw some kits in the $1700-1800 range.
Will check out the fluke testers as well.
We get asked to do this quite a bit now and it seems like a good investment to have someone trained.


VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Fiber optic cable terminating
Media converters?

I'd get my best tech BICSI Fiber certified. Your guy isn't going to learn splicing correctly unless he spends some real time with it. If it's just duplex single mode or multi-mode get a Unicam kit and schedule training with Corning. Then do the BICSI fiber where he will learn a LOT more.

But again, for simplex or duplex fiber terminations the Corning unicam kit is perfect. Do not get a kit from a knock-off. Get the Corning kit.

Where are you located?

ETA: A Fluke to certify or an OTDR is a must. The right Fluke used is going to cost at least $10k. You might as well get one that certifies copper and fiber which is minimum used $15k.

You are currently certifying your copper runs, right? Not a wire map. Full certification with NEXT, Crosstalk, etc.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 3:05 pm


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shawnlsu
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re: Fiber optic cable terminating
Just sub it out. I have never met a fire alarm tech that didnt make every fiber situation he/she came across worse.
Terminating and splicing is easy. Knowing how to troubleshoot fiber is a whole another ballgame.


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Fiber optic cable terminating
I missed the fire alarm part. I agree with shawnlsu. Find someone you can depend on to sub the work out to that has the expertise. Add some cheese on top for your company for being the middle man.


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