Fibre Optic Adapters

What is a Fibre optic adapter?


RS Components offer a wide selection of fibre optic adapters. A fibre optic adapter is used to connect and align two fibre optic connectors together. They are used to bridge the gap between a cable to cable fibre connections and sometimes known as a mating sleeve or a hybrid adapter. They come in different connection variations, either, single, double or sometimes quad. This is commonly known as single-mode or multi-mode fibre cable connection.


How does it work?


Fibre optic connections can provide a more accurate alignment for the tips of the connectors rather than using traditional connection methods such as soldering.


Single-mode adapters offer more precise alignment and can also be used to connect multi-mode cables. Multi-mode adapters should not be used to connect single-mode cables as this can cause alignment problems resulting in a loss of signal strength.


The most important element of a fibre optic adapter is the alignment sleeve. Bronze sleeves tend to provide more durability with the precision not as good, ceramic sleeves provide better precision alignment with durability not as good. Bronze sleeves are typically used in multi-mode adapters where precision is not as important.


What different types are there?


There are many types of fibre optic adapters, the most common connectors available, SC-to-SC, ST-to-ST, or FC-to-FC–and different styles of connectors. The latter devices are referred as hybrid adapters and typically used to join ST and SC connectors.


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Description Price Connector Type Single/Multimode Simplex/Duplex Fibre Size Maximum Cable Diameter Colour Insertion Loss Housing Material Connector Type A Connector Type B Series Series Number
RS Stock No. 164-7480
Mfr. Part No.504021-1
BrandCOMMSCOPE
MYR39.42
Each (In a Box of 10)
units
ST to ST Multimode, Single Mode - - 7mm Silver - Zinc ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7752
BrandRS PRO
MYR14.82
Each
units
ST to ST Single Mode Simplex - - - 0.1dB Ceramic ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7566
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.58
Each
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SC to SC Single Mode Simplex - - Blue - - SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7768
BrandRS PRO
MYR12.18
Each
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ST to ST Multimode Simplex - 7mm Black - Phosphor Bronze ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 830-0070
BrandRS PRO
MYR17.42
Each
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Optical Jack - - - 8mm Black ≤ 2dB PVC Toslink 3.5mm Optical FM FM65
RS Stock No. 536-7976
BrandRS PRO
MYR374.69
Each
units
FC to Bare Fibre Multimode, Single Mode - 125µm - - 0.01dB - FC Bare Fibre - -
RS Stock No. 751-1481
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4505Z
BrandBroadcom
MYR7.405
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
POF to POF - Simplex - - Grey - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 167-2842
Mfr. Part No.944 120 6000
MYR131.87
Each
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FC to PC Single Mode Simplex - - - 0.15dB Zirconium Dioxide FC PC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7617
BrandRS PRO
MYR63.21
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 874-1257
BrandRS PRO
MYR21.67
Each
units
- - - - - Black - Plastic - - - -
RS Stock No. 167-2864
Mfr. Part No.944 953 5300
MYR144.75
Each
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FC to ST Multimode, Single Mode - - - - - - FC ST - -
RS Stock No. 751-1490
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4515Z
BrandBroadcom
MYR6.91
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
POF to POF - Simplex - - Blue - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 178-3037
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4515Z
BrandBroadcom
MYR3.266
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
POF to POF - Simplex - - Blue - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 536-7645
BrandRS PRO
MYR41.03
Each
units
ST to SC Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.1dB Ceramic ST SC - -
RS Stock No. 738-8530
BrandRS PRO
MYR87.77
Each
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E2000 to E2000 Single Mode Simplex - - Green - - E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 178-3034
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4505Z
BrandBroadcom
MYR3.266
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
POF to POF - Simplex - - Grey - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 536-7724
BrandRS PRO
MYR12.21
Each
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FC to FC Multimode Simplex - - Black - - FC FC - -
RS Stock No. 121-3947
BrandRS PRO
MYR27.158
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue 0.1dB Cold Rolled Steel LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 121-3953
BrandRS PRO
MYR21.31
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Simplex - - Purple 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 121-3955
BrandRS PRO
MYR46.66
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Aqua 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -