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Troubleshooting Fiber Connections: Check Fiber Optic Cable Internet Connectivity

Many issues can cause Internet connectivity to stop working or become intermittent if you have a fiberoptic cable connection. Optic loss can be a major problem with fiber optic cables. It is important to test the fiber optic cables used for your connection.

Before you start testing the fiber optic cable, make sure that your router and TV connections are working correctly. These components should be functioning properly before you test the fiber optic cables.

Fiber optic cable is a means of connecting to the Internet via light pulses transmitted through optical fibers. The effectiveness of Internet connectivity is determined by the amount of light that reaches it. This is called optical loss. You may need to seek professional advice if you have any questions about cable connections. For the DIYer, this is an overview of the steps involved in checking the fiber optic cable connection.

Fiber Optic Test Equipment

You will need specific tools if you plan to test the fiber optic equipment yourself.

  • Source & Power Meter: This tool tests the light source and power for the fiber optic line. It can be used to determine if there has been any fiber optic loss. The power meter should be set at the same wavelength as the light source when you turn on these tools and connected to the receiving end. The cable’s transmitting end should have the source meter connected.
  • Optical Testing Tool: This tool determines the optical loss by measuring the difference in power entering the cable at its transmitting end and light exiting at the receiver end.
  • Fiber Optic TRAcer: The fiber optic tracking tool includes an LED source that connects to the connector. The test cable is used to measure the light transmitted through the fiber. You can then return to the connector to determine the cause if there is no light.
  • Test Cable This is also called a reference cable. It is used to test the cable and determine if the problem is in the connectors.

Here’s a quick summary of the testing process: You test the cable by tracing the fibers to see if there are any broken fibers. You can test the connectors to see if the cable is functioning as intended.

After the testing is completed, you can run a test to determine the optical power. This will let you know if the fiber optic equipment provides an optimal connection. To check if the network is functioning properly, you can also test it.

General Testing

No matter how small the problem may seem, it is important to perform general troubleshooting. Sometimes problems can be caused by external components of the fiberoptic cable system.

Outdoor elements can easily damage the outside line entering the building, which can lead to the fiber optic connection malfunctioning. You should inspect the outside line for damage to the cable, or any other objects that could be putting stress on it. To ensure that there are no damages at the point where the cable enters the building, inspect the area.

To ensure that the fiber optic cables are not stressed inside the building, you should inspect the interior configuration. You should also ensure that all connections to network devices are secure. Sometimes, the connection can be lost without you being aware and cause issues with Internet connectivity.

Inspect the interior cable for any bends that could block the fiber optic light from reaching the receiving end. The fiber optics will be protected inside the cable by ensuring that the cable is free from bends.

If your Internet service provider is still having problems after you’ve done a thorough test and inspection, it may be worth contacting them to determine if they have any issues. High traffic volumes, equipment malfunctions, and damage from inclement weather can cause connection problems for ISPs.

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