For many data centers, having more fiber ports on the circuit and rack space can easily translate to more clients. MTP fiber cables offer these benefits and more. With quicker connection capability, MTP cables create a single interface. The resulting terminal ends are tight and properly aligned. MTP fiber cables come in different with unique and sometimes high-end features. Click here to learn more about how these cables support high-speed data transmission.
- Harness Or Breakout Cable
Commonly referred to as a fanout cable due to its physical attributes, an MTP harness cable has a single terminal end. The terminal end has an MTP connector, while the other is marked by fanning out of fibers from the patch cord. The breakout end has 6 or 12 connectors depending on the choice of optic fiber connectors. Since it primarily holds 6 or 12 fibers, MTP fanout cables are commonly used with SC and LC connectors.
- Trunk Cable
Unlike MPO fanout cables, trunk cables come with two MTP connectors attached at both terminals. Primarily designed for high-density installations, MTP trunk cables can accommodate between 12 and 72 fibers. With that said, trunk cables are operationally and functionally versatile. They come in different lengths and modes. MTP trunk cables have been modified to function effectively and retain data transmission rates even in cases of bends along with the fiber network.
- Conversion Cables
MTP conversion cables are a modification of the MTP fanout cable. While the terminal ends have MTP connectors, they all break out like in the case of harness cable. The difference is that a conversion cable has two breaks out ends with MTP connectors. The connectors are attached to fibers of different types and counts. Ideally, an MTP conversion cable is a hybrid of the MTP trunk cable and the MTP fanout cable. The conversion has breakouts that are similar to those of harness and trunk cables.
- Precautions, Care and Maintenance of MPO Connectors
It’s often advisable to read the specifications of all MTP connectors before deployment. You’ll get to understand the color-coding of the cables, which specifies whether their jackets are multimode or single-mode. Additionally, always confirm the intermating of the cables. Female and male MTP cables have unique pins. Males have two pins, while females have two guiding holes.
- Location And Placement
Before anything else, it’s vital always to locate the position of the MTP connector key and align it with the right sequence when making connections. Other care maintenance practices include testing for polarity and cleanness. These tests are critical in ensuring that your connection maintains the desired high-speed data transmission.
Despite the high data transmission speed afforded by MTP fiber connectors, care must be taken to maintain the momentum. Take time to understand the different MTP/MPO cables at your disposal. Additionally, ensure continuity of data transmission speed by adequately connecting the male and female connectors. Always test for continuity and polarity of data signals.