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How to Choose the Right Fiber Optic Patch Cable - Part 2

In the previous article, we looked at the use and different types of fiber patch cables. In this article we will deal with the quality characteristics

Step 3: What quality features do I need to consider?

It is not possible to determine the quality based on the appearance of a cable. But how do you determine the quality of a fiber optic patch cable?

There are a number of points that you should at least consider to determine the quality.

The Quality Levels

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has defined different quality levels. Grade A to Grade C. Grade A gives you the best quality of fibers and connectors. For professional applications where reliability is paramount, we recommend Grade A.


In addition, we recommend that you opt for fiber optic cables that are equipped with an individual test report. This means that each fiber in the cable has been tested for how strongly the light is attenuated. This damping has a direct impact on the speed and reliability of your network. By choosing fiber patch cables with an individual test report, you can be sure that you will receive a tested cable and know the attenuation values in your network.

Quality control in the production process

However, the fibre type and an individual test report do not tell you everything you need to know. The production process and its quality control are of great importance. A poorly polished plug can affect the optical performance of your cable within a short period of time after installation. This is not visible in the test report because it is measured immediately after production. This can also occur for parts of grade A in the event of errors in the production process. However, if you choose a reputable brand, the likelihood of errors on your network is minimal.

ACT is a renowned brand and has made a name for itself over the years by delivering consistent quality. As the sole authorised distributor of the ACT brand in Ireland, we are proud of this development and will do everything we can to continue to deliver high and consistent quality. With ACT cables, you can be assured of this commitment to quality and you will see the benefits through a reliable network.

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