Do Not Let Your Fiber Connectors Hurt Your Network

coffey_thumbnail Joseph Coffey June 2, 2017

This blog post is part of a new video blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

If you maintain things properly, then they will last for a long time. Let’s take a car—if you do the routine oil change and maintenance, then the chances of your car breaking down are minimal.

Same concept applies to fiber connectors. If not taken care of, then the quality of your fiber connectors can affect your network. Like taking care of your car, you do not want engine build up obstructing your fuel line. So, in your network, you do not want optical signal degradation. The light must pass freely from one connector to another.

In this vlog, I explain why high quality connectors should have good polish and loss characteristics.

About the Author


Joseph Coffey

Joseph Coffey is a senior principal engineer at CommScope with more than 20 years’ experience. In his role, Coffey integrates various elements of science and technology to create systems that enhance productivity and solve problems. Before CommScope, Coffey spent time at Apionix and Ortonix, and holds 70 patents. Coffey has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.