Fiberoptic Connectors

Fiberoptic connector types include SC, ST, FC, Biconic, FDDI, ESCON, MTRJ, LC, and Volition (e.g., Figs. 18.12, 18.13, and 18.14). Connectors and cables are in constant evolution. The author prefers to use ST connectors for all connections except to network gear and the network patch panel which must be coordinated with the network gear manufacturer. Initially, ST connectors were popular with the manufacturers, then SC connectors saw an increase in use. Presently, the MTRJ and the LC connectors are becoming popular; both are excellent connectors. Patch cables, with different connectors on the ends, are available if needed. Occasionally IT people like to use different connectors to organize or classify their systems and equipment.