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Fiber Optic Connections: Check and Clean First, Then Connect

Only a clean connector delivers full performance. With the latest advances in optical high-performance networks, connectors are becoming ever more crucial components in the passive fiber optic infrastructure. High-quality connectors ensure optimum transmission rates and constant network availability in all areas, from WAN to metropolitan area and campus networks, as well as backbone networks and subscriber connections. However, only clean connections achieve the values guaranteed by standards and manufacturers. It is therefore vital that installers possess sound knowledge of the correct way to install and clean these components. This white paper contains information on the currently applicable standards and discusses the relevance of properly cleaned fiber optic connectors.

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