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Uniboot vs Standard Fiber Cables: Which One to Choose?

Posted on Aug 31, 2023
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Uniboot cables are widely recognized for their high-density characteristics. As data centers have evolved towards higher density, the uniboot patch cord has gained visibility. Let's explore the difference between LC uniboot fiber cables and LC standard fiber cables, as well as the scenarios in which they are suitable.

LC Uniboot vs LC Standard Fiber Cables: What Are the Differences

Cable Structure

Standard Fibers: Ordinary LC duplex connectors typically consist of two separate LC simplex connectors joined by clips, with each connector housing a single optical fiber.

Uniboot Fibers: LC uniboot patch cords employ a distinctive design that combines two fibers within a single outer jacket. This innovative design enables a significant reduction in cable count of up to 50% when compared to traditional LC duplex fiber patch cords. By reducing the overall cable diameter, LC uniboot cables provide more efficient utilization of space, making them ideal for high-density environments like data centers and telecommunications racks.

lc standard vs lc uniboot

Polarity Reversal

Standard Fibers: Polarity changes in traditional LC duplex patch cables can be inconvenient, especially in high-density cable environments like data centers. Typically, additional tools and re-terminating fiber cables are required, resulting in wasted time and money. Mishandling during the process can also lead to various faults.

Uniboot Fibers: LC uniboot patch cords offer greater ease in reversing polarity, thanks to their unique connector design (such as the flat clip connector or switchable connector) compared to standard LC cables. Often, polarity can be changed without the need for additional tools, by following a few simple steps. It is important to note that there are multiple versions of LC uniboot patch cords available, and the polarity reversal steps may vary. The following picture illustrates the two most commonly used versions of LC uniboot patch cables and their polarity reversal steps.

reverse polarity

Note: LC uniboot connectors are available in different types: flat clip, push-pull tab, and switchable. Flat Clip uniboot fiber cable is specifically designed with a flat clip feature, which creates extra space between connectors. Push-pull tab uniboot cable allows quick plug without tools in high-density space. Polarity switchable uniboot fiber is a unique design that allows switching polarity without using any tools.

LC Uniboot vs LC Standard Fibers: Which One to Choose

Space Limitations: If your application environment has space constraints, such as in high-density racks or small cabinets, LC uniboot may be a better choice. Its compact design can reduce cable footprint, providing better wiring and cable management. Additionally, the push-pull design of uniboot connectors allows for quick plugging and unplugging without any tool even in high-density cabling.

Flexibility and Durability: LC uniboot connectors feature polarity-switchable plugs that can be easily converted without the need for tools, making them highly flexible to use. Moreover, FS LC uniboot cables are crafted using premium-grade materials, ensuring the production of robust and long-lasting products.

Cost Saving: In general, standard fibers are priced at approximately half the cost of uniboot patch cords. If your network already utilizes LC standard connectors and does not have specific space or flexibility requirements, continuing with LC standard may be a more cost-effective and convenient choice.

Conclusion

On the one hand, LC uniboot fiber cables offer advantages such as easier polarity reversal, space-saving design, and diverse connector options. On the other hand, LC standard fiber cables provide cost and time effectiveness. The choice between uniboot and standard cables depends on your specific needs. FS provides a wide range of products to meet the cabling needs of different users, including LC uniboot cables and LC standard cables.

Related Article: A Comprehensive Introduction to LC Product in Fiber Optics

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