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Application Guide: Connecting Remote Buildings with Fiber Optic Cable

Application Guide: Connecting Remote Buildings with Fiber Optic Cable

Fiber optic cable and fiber-based installation accessories are commonly used to connect the network and/or audio-visual systems between two remote buildings. Fiber provides several installation benefits, including:

  1. Signal transmission distances up to 12 miles point-to-point;
  2. Immunity from RF interference, electrical interference, static electricity, power surges and lightning strikes;
  3. Extremely fast data speeds thanks to the simultaneous transmission and receipt of signals; and
  4. Increased internet signal bandwidth.

Within the buildings, an indoor-rated riser or plenum jacketed cable is typically integrated. Between the buildings, an outdoor-rated or direct burial cable is typically integrated. Outdoor-rated cables feature waterproof jacketing and are typically installed in conduit, whereas direct burial cables feature an additional strength member (such as armoring) and are typically buried directly in the soil. If installing conduit, a 1/2" or greater diameter is typically recommended for bare fiber optic cable and a 1” or greater diameter is typically recommended for pre-terminated fiber optic cable assuming the connectors are staggered and wrapped.

Enclosures, such as indoor/outdoor wall-boxes with integrated couplers, typically connect the indoor and outdoor fiber optic cable runs. They provide a secure transition point between cable types, manage excess cable service loops, and protect the small fiber optic strands.

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fiber optic wiring to remote buildings diagram

 Commonly Integrated Products: 

 

Indoor/Outdoor Wall-Boxes

Wall-boxes provide a secure connection point to connect fiber optic cables and manage service loops. View

Couplers

Couplers mount inside wall-boxes and physically connect two cables. View

Premade Fiber Cable

Premade fiber optic cables arrive pre-terminated with connectors and are available in stock and custom configurations. View

Bulk Fiber Cable

Bulk fiber cable requires termination in the field and is available in stock and custom configurations, including with direct burial armor. View

 

Fiber Optic Connectors

Fiber optic connectors terminate on bulk fiber cable. View

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