Structured Cabling/Low Voltage
Sunset Telecom Inc. is a premium level low voltage contractor. Our technicians are trained full time employees (not contractors) which insure that your low voltage/cabling project get the attention it deserves. Our main trait is attention to detail and our customers appreciate our concise and neat work. We offer both high end cabling and fiber optics, as well as entry level value products.
Our products include: Category 5e (CAT5e), Category 6 (CAT6), Category 6e (CAT 6e), Category 6A (CAT6A), Shielded, Plenum, Non-Plenum, Riser, Outdoor, Fiber, OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, LC, SC, and MTP.
Fiber Optics Terminations
There are two ways to terminate fiber optics: mechanically and fusion splice. Whichever is used the end goal is to attach a connector. There are reasons to use one over the other but that is for another post. Here are the main differences between fusion splice and mechanical fiber termination.
Mechanical terminations are done by hand with hand tools. A qualified technician would prep the fiber strand; insert the strand in a connector then “crimp” the connector to lock the fiber strand in place. This will provide a working reliable connection but because the connection is done by hand it is nearly impossible to ensure perfect alignment. The result is a working connection with possible signal loss.
Fusion splice terminations require the use of a specially designed machine (Fusion Splicer) and connectors. There is no “crimp” in fusion splicing because a machine actually melts the fiber together. A qualified technician would need to input pertinent information in the fusion splicer and prep accordingly. When done correctly fusion splicing is the most reliable and effective way to terminate fiber.
40 and 100 GB Fiber Optics
Fiber optics uses pulses of light to transmit a signal through tiny “strands” of glass covered in a protective barrier. Because light is less susceptible to degrading factors fiber optics can be ideal for spanning long distances. Every fiber endpoint uses a strand(s) to transmit a signal and a strand(s) to receive a signal. In the case of 40 and 100 GB fiber multiple strands are used to both transmit and receive a signal. This is how 40 and 100 GB "throughput" is achieved with fiber optics.