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Female To Female Adapters: An Important Component in Fiber Optic Systems

What is a Hybrid Female To Female Adapter?

Hybrid Female To Female Adapter is a small device used to connect fiber patch cords. It may come in different shapes, but they are all designed to perform the same function – to connect and align the connectors of two fiber patch cords. Hybrid Female To Female Adapters allow fiber patch cords to be connected individually or to a large network, allowing many devices to communicate simultaneously.

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What to consider when choosing a Hybrid Female To Female Adapter

Since there are many different shapes of Hybrid Female To Female Adapters on the market, how to choose the right fiber adapter can become a problem. To some laymen, all of these adapters may look the same, but there are some very critical differences in adapter quality that can greatly affect the performance of the data center. Generally speaking, when considering fiber optic adapters, you should consider the following two points.

 

Type of cable that needs to be connected

If the connecting cables are all the same shape, you can use adapters with square, rectangular, or round inputs. These adapters consist of two or more female connections into which the fiber optic cables can be inserted. If the connecting cables are different, you need to use a hybrid fiber optic adapter, which can be designed to connect any two types of fiber optic cables together. There are many types of hybrid adapters, so it is important to understand what type of cable you need to connect before purchasing.

 

Types of Hybrid Female To Female Adapter

There are a variety of different shapes of Hybrid Female To Female Adapter to choose from, depending on the composition of the two cables to be connected and the diversity of fiber optic connectors. There are several common adapters based on the type of fiber optic connector used by the adapter: LC -SC adapter, LC-FC adapter, LC-ST adapter, SC-FC adapter, SC-ST adapter, FC-ST adapter, etc.

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Material of Hybrid Female To Female Adapter Alignment Sleeve

The alignment sleeve is the most important component of a Female To Female Adapter. Some manufacturers may choose metal, sometimes called phosphor bronze. This alloy is known for its strength and stiffness and is used in large ship propellers, springs, and bolts. However, ceramic materials are ideal for manufacturing couplers. Ceramics are non-metallic, inorganic, and crystalline in structure. The crystalline structure of ceramics makes their surface very hard and will not deform. Why is this important? As we have discussed, alignment is critical. Softer metals such as phosphor bronze will deform over time, especially with repeated insertions. Ceramics will retain their original shape for longer. This makes couplers with ceramic alignment sleeves far superior to phosphor bronze.

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Hybrid Female To Female Adapter Cleaning Procedures

Hybrid Female To Female Adapters may be small, but they are still an important part of the entire optical system and should be cleaned according to proper cleaning procedures. There are two basic methods for cleaning fiber optic adapters: dry cleaning and wet cleaning.

  1. Dry Cleaning: First, insert a dry adapter cleaning rod (or Hybrid Female To Female Adapter sleeve brush) into the interior of the adapter and pull it out in a twisting motion; clean the internal surface of the alignment sleeve. After cleaning the adapter with a connector installed on one end, inspect the connector end face for contamination.
  1. Wet Cleaning: Insert an adapter cleaning stick (or fiber adapter sleeve brush) soaked in fiber cleaning fluid (or > 91% isopropyl alcohol) into the Hybrid Female To Female Adapter and pull it out in a twisting motion; clean the inner surface of the alignment sleeve. Then wipe with a dry cotton swab. After cleaning an adapter with a connector installed on one end, check the connector end face for contamination.

Summary

Hybrid Female To Female Adapters play a critical role in aligning the individual fibers in one cable with the fibers in another cable. If the fibers are not properly aligned, loss will occur at this matching point. If the loss is too much, downtime is likely. In a fiber optic communication system, every device is important, no matter how simple or small it is. It is these tiny devices (such as fiber optic adapters and connectors) that enable the entire system to function properly.

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