FS Color Coding System—Effective Solution to Fiber Cabling Management

Updated on Jun 9, 2022

High Density Fiber Cabling Requires Color Coding System

Optical cabling becomes even more pervasive and dominant in high-density cabling applications such as enterprise networks, data centers or server farms where fiber patch cabling is needed. With the increased deployment of high density fiber optic cabling and numbers of fiber optic cables installed, it is vital to distinguish different cables and identify each.

Color coding makes the management and maintenance of fiber optic cables much easier. There is a widely acknowledged color coding system used for optical fiber cabling: TIA-598-D standards designating the color code of exterior jacket for fiber optic cables in intra-building applications, which is familiar to IT operators as well as complied with by cable manufacturers.

On the basis of TIA-598-D standards, FS introduces a set of cable color coding systems, covering not only the product of fiber optic cables but also the matching equipment, aiming at providing FS users with more flexibility to choose from and help FS customers to run high-density fiber cabling more flawlessly.


How FS Addresses the Color Issues in MTP® & LC Fiber Cabling?

To address the issues network operators may encounter in cabling operations as well as to optimize network performance with operational efficiency, and easy installation, FS has introduced the color coding system, which covers optical cabling product line including LC fiber patch cables, MTP® fiber patch cables, LC and MTP® fiber patch panels, and MTP® fiber cassettes. The color coding system innovates on cable sleeve, connector and the adapter, covering both single mode (OS2) and multimode fiber (OM3 and OM4).

Color-coded Cable Jacket

According to TIA-598D, TIA-598D standard makes different provisions for the color of indoor fiber optic cable jacket, which unifies the industrial standard in fiber cable jacket manufacturing and also helps users identify types of fiber optic cables more easily. For example, as we can see, almost all the jacket color of OM3 has the same color—aqua, even though they are not from the same vendor. That's because TIA-698C defines its color. Confusing OM3 with OM4 may cause losses. Regarding this, FS offers new option to choose from—OM4 LC cable with Magenta jacket. The new OM4 LC cable shares the same jacket color as OM4 cables. For applications integrating both MTP® and LC cables, it ensures easier and more accurate installation.

Color-coded Boots

To help users distinguish MTP® fiber count more clearly, boots of MTP® cables are designed with different colors as seen in the following chart. Different fiber counts are designed with different boot colors, accordingly. The 8-fiber OM4 MTP® cables are designed in gray, 12-fiber OM4 cables are black, and 24 fibers are red, no matter whether the cable is SMF or MMF. The picture below uses OM4 MMF MTP® cable as an example.

Color Coded Boot

Color-coded Adapter

In the terms of adapter, MTP®-LC fiber cassette and LC fiber adapter panel are color coded with the responding color. The adapters preloaded in the rear of the cassette indicate the type of transmission media. For example, for an OM4 MTP® cassette, the adapter color is Magenta, which is the same color as the jacket color of OM4.

Color-coded Fiber Cassette and Adapter Panel

Color Coding Cabling System

With all the innovation mentioned above integrated, the implementation of the color coding system will result in a series of benefits, including the following lists:

  • With the cable and adapter for one type of fiber in the same color, FS color coding system ensures much easier and more accurate installation, which makes it easier and quicker for cable managers to differentiate one cabling system from the other.

  • As there are tens of thousands of interconnects within a data center, troubleshooting and identifying failed optics can be a complicated task. FS color coding system simplifies the process of troubleshooting and identification without interfering with the other workloads.

  • For large organizations having the move, add, change (MAC) management needs or there is an upgrade in the cabling system, FS color coding system allows for ease of cable management.

  • Compared to the ordinary color coding cabling system without accessories including fiber cassettes and patch panels, the new FS color coding cabling system minimizes the accidental plugging and unplugging of fiber cables from improper optical devices.


FAQs about FS Color Coding Cabling System

Q: Where should FS color coding system be deployed?

A: FS color coding fiber system is suitable for anywhere MTP® or LC cabling is needed. It is beneficial especially to high density fiber patching applications where cable managers emphasise cable management efficiency and have a high demand for cable color codes.

Q: Can I install the new cabling system together with other cables?

A: It is not suggested to match the two different cabling systems together because the new FS color coding system has its own featured cable colors. Implementing a unified color coding system is recommended for installation, thus guaranteeing more efficient fiber cable management and better user experiences.


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