Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
The difference between connectors and splices
Requirements for connectors and splices
Termination types of connectors
Connectors or Splices?
In this lesson, a long and very important one, you will learn about fiber splicing and termination. Fiber optic joints or terminations are made two ways: 1) connectors that mate two fibers to create a temporary joint, patch between two cables and/or connect the fiber to a piece of network gear or 2) splices which create a permanent joint between the two fibers.
Either termination method must have two primary characteristics: good optical performance indicated by low loss minimal reflectance and high reliability. Terminations must also be of the right style to be compatible to the equipment involved and be protected against the environment in which they are installed.