Hardware Thread, Fibre optic cleaning in Technical; Is anyone using any kit to clean the fibre terminations, patch leads etc...?
6th February 2009, 04:33 PM #1
Fibre optic cleaning
Is anyone using any kit to clean the fibre terminations, patch leads etc...?
6th February 2009, 05:03 PM #2
Why would you want to? Really you have to be careful with them as you could make them worse than they are if badly cleaned. I only ever cleaned them with IP wipes if they got exposed to dirt but I had a trained pro on hand who could re-check them with a microscope for damage, if you get a tiny bit of dirt in it you have had it as you could scratch it like mad!
6th February 2009, 05:33 PM #3
Ideally Fibre optic terminations should be cleaned annually. Moisture will naturally get between the terminated surfaces, as it does it can draw in microscopic dirt. Realistically you probably won't notice a difference.
you can clean the terminations with lint free cloth or lint free tissues.
7th February 2009, 12:09 AM #4
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
Done that in the past, never had an issue.
7th February 2009, 12:42 PM #5
On one site I have a 32 strand loop that runs between 5 cabinets
Thats 16 x Duplex LC connectors in and 16 Duplex LC out in each cabinet!
Thats 160 connections!
Cleaning all of them is not an option.
Therefore I purchased a Fluke Etherscope with all of the options which tests the fibers in about 30 seconds.
That way I only have to clean the links that might get a problem.
The only trouble is that it cost me £7k + VAT so I won't be lending it out to any of you....
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