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. 820-8218
Mfr. Part No.6457567-4
$16.21
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- Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic LC LC LC 6457567
RS Stock No. 164-8094
Mfr. Part No.1-6457567-3
$11.89
Each (In a Box of 10)
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic LC - - 6457567
RS Stock No. 788-4518
Mfr. Part No.1-6457567-3
$12.81
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic LC - - 6457567
RS Stock No. 775-4827
Mfr. Part No.106121-0300
BrandMolex
$79.04
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LC to LC Multimode - - - Blue - Polymer LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 178-3037
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4515Z
BrandBroadcom
$1.14
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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POF to POF - Simplex - - Blue - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 384-9000
Mfr. Part No.LC-120-5200U
BrandAmphenol
$121.47
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex 1.55mm - Blue - - LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 751-1490
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-4515Z
BrandBroadcom
$2.67
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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POF to POF - Simplex - - Blue - - POF POF - -
RS Stock No. 167-2842
Mfr. Part No.944 120 6000
BrandAmphenol
$26.07
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FC to PC Single Mode Simplex - - - 0.15dB Zirconium Dioxide FC PC - -
RS Stock No. 167-2690
Mfr. Part No.905-120-5000
BrandAmphenol
$13.11
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RS Stock No. 773-8840
Mfr. Part No.NAO4SW-A
BrandNeutrik
$692.48
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PC to PC Single Mode Simplex - - Blue - - PC PC - -
RS Stock No. 788-4521
Mfr. Part No.1695790-4
BrandCOMMSCOPE
$22.87
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 164-8096
Mfr. Part No.1695790-4
BrandCOMMSCOPE
$41.769
Each (In a Bag of 100)
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 782-0858
Mfr. Part No.5502776-8
BrandCOMMSCOPE
$10.82
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SC Multimode, Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - Plastic SC SC 5502776 5502776-8
RS Stock No. 822-3251
Mfr. Part No.106152-0100
BrandMolex
$14.23
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- Multimode, Single Mode - - - - - Metal FC FC 106152 100
RS Stock No. 797-6692
Mfr. Part No.106114-1150
BrandMolex
$44.00
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MTP to MT Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - - MT MTP - -
RS Stock No. 362-9418
Mfr. Part No.WFR-00010-02
$56.93
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ST to ST Multimode - - - Grey - Plastic ST ST 601 -
RS Stock No. 878-2479
Mfr. Part No.J68071A0004
$194.34
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LC to LC Multimode, Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.2 (Multimode) dB, 0.5 (Single Mode) dB Brass LC LC TOC -
RS Stock No. 167-2808
Mfr. Part No.953 120 5000
BrandAmphenol
$12.53
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- Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - Black - Polymer - - - -
RS Stock No. 458-960
Mfr. Part No.905-120-5016
BrandAmphenol
$15.14
Each
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Coaxial - - - - Silver - - Coaxial Coaxial SMA -
RS Stock No. 878-2463
Mfr. Part No.J68071A0001
$131.15
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.5dB Brass LC LC TOC -
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