Connecting a Fiber-Optic Cable
Before you begin to connect a fiber-optic cable to an optical transceiver installed in a device, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions for safe handling of lasers (see Laser and LED Safety Guidelines and Warnings).
To connect a fiber-optic cable to an optical transceiver installed in a device:
Do not look directly into a fiber-optic transceiver or into the ends of fiber-optic cables. Fiber-optic transceivers and fiber-optic cables connected to transceivers emit laser light that can damage your eyes.
- If the fiber-optic cable connector is covered with a rubber safety cap, remove the cap. Save the cap.
- Remove the rubber safety cap from the optical transceiver. Save the cap.
- Insert the cable connector into the optical transceiver (see Figure 1).
- Secure the cables so that they do not support their own
weight. Place excess cable out of the way in a neatly coiled loop.
Placing fasteners on a loop helps cables maintain their shape.
Do not bend fiber-optic cables beyond their minimum bend radius. An arc smaller than a few inches in diameter can damage the cables and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.
Do not let fiber-optic cables hang free from the connector. Do not allow fastened loops of cables to dangle, which stresses the cables at the fastening point.