Fiber U Basics

Lesson 6: Fiber Optic Cable

What are the types of fiber optic cables and where are they  commonly used?
Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
The types of fiber optic cables and their applications
Differences between outside plant and premises cables
Specifications for fiber optic cables
Fiber Optic Cable Design

This lesson covers cables. Fiber optic cable provides protection for the optical fiber or fibers within it appropriate for the environment in which it is to be installed. Cable refers to the complete assembly of fibers, strength members and jacket. Fiber optic cables come in many different types, depending on the number of fibers and how and where it will be installed. It is important to choose cable carefully as the choice will affect how easy the cable is to install, splice or terminate, what it will cost and how long it will last in the field.

The tutorial is a short presentation on fiber types and their applications. The Virtual Hands-On presentation shows how types of fiber cable are prepared for installation and splicing or termination. The corresponding lesson in the Fiber U Basic Skills Lab which shows you how typical installation processes are done is also linked below.

Student Assignment:
Watch the video, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

FOA YouTube Video
        FOA Lecture 4: Fiber Optic Cables 

Online FOA Reference:
Fiber Optic Cable  
Tutorial: Fiber Optic Cable types and applications  
Virtual Hands-On: Fiber Optic Cable Prep  

Book Chapter:
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, Chapter 6

Test Your Knowledge:
Online Quiz
Take the Quiz at the end of Chapter 6 and check your answers

Optional - Basic Skills Lab (do-it-yourself "hands-on" exercises)

Optional - Extra Credit Reading

Guidelines for installing fiber optic cables  
Color codes for premises fiber optic cables  
Optional - Hands-On YouTube Videos
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 1 Introduction  
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 2, Zipcord
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 3 Distribution Cable
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 4 Breakout Cable
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 5 Loose Tube Cable
Fiber Optic Cable, Part 6, Armored Cable

Next: Lesson 7: Termination and Splicing 

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Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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