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Installing Fiber Connections From Building to Building – Part 2

The creation of a campus network may be quite complex. Experts state that selecting the proper cabling, pathways, and hardware for the setup of the network is key. Part 2 will cover Connecting Fiber Between Buildings, Cabling & Pathways, and Hardware Connections.


Connecting Fiber Between Buildings


Continuing our Building-to-Building Connection Example at the end of Part 1, there are two basic approaches for running fiber optic cable from Building 1 to Building 2.


Underground Cable – This “under” method protects cables. Fiber will exit Building 1 via a trench laid with conduit that terminates at Building 2, where the cables will enter.


Aerial Cable – This “over” method needs the installation of reinforcing cable to prevent creating excessive tension if a cable ran alone. A messenger wire, typically made of steel braided cable, will usually be used. The fiber will run in a conduit adjacent or integrated with the messenger wire.


Cabling & Pathways


Cabling and pathways are crucial during the planning and installation of campus networks. Options include Microducts, Micro Cables, and Composite Cables; a cabling installation expert can discuss these options in detail with you.


Providing maximum flexibility in terms of bandwidth, distance, and power capabilities is the key to bringing fiber and power entirely from the campus backbone directly into the devices and switches.


Composite cables free traditional networks from the typical limitation of 100-meters for running cables. Power, data, and communications can be delivered to devices that are thousands of feet away.


Hardware Connections


Properly running fiber from Building 1 to Building 2 is a good first step. However, hardware will be required to allow pulses of light to communicate.


The Fiber Optics Tech Consortium (FOTC) drives fiber termination and organization points into the aspects below:


  • Outside Plant Hardware – Use industry rated closures when installing hardware outdoors. Options include manhole, pole mount, vault, and wall mount.
  • Small-Form-Factor Hardware – Some devices, such as pole-mounted cameras, may need palm-sized cases for housing a switch or converter.
  • Inside Plant Hardware: Keep future expansion in mind when positioning hardware within a telecommunications room or other dedicated space. When rack and wall mount options are not possible, think about using a raised floor or the ceiling.


Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.