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. 878-2491
Mfr. Part No.J68071A0007
$235.63
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MPO, MTP Multimode, Single Mode - - - - - Brass MTP MPO TOC -
RS Stock No. 167-2870
Mfr. Part No.954 944 5000
BrandAmphenol
$93.32
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RS Stock No. 164-4683
Mfr. Part No.1-5502632-1
$6.234
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SC to SC Single Mode Simplex - - Blue - Plastic SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 878-2472
Mfr. Part No.J68071A0006
$169.88
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MPO, MTP Single Mode - - - - - Brass MTP MPO TOC -
RS Stock No. 458-960
Mfr. Part No.905-120-5016
BrandAmphenol
$15.14
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Coaxial - - - - Silver - - Coaxial Coaxial SMA -
RS Stock No. 309-7710
Mfr. Part No.96040
BrandNiebuhr
$484.50
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- - - 1000 μm, 50/125 μm, 62.5/125 μm - - - - D-Sub 9 Pin ST - -
RS Stock No. 206-5245
Mfr. Part No.J08081A0002
$21.95
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T-ST Multimode, Single Mode Simplex 125µm 3mm Blue 0.4dB - T-ST T-ST T-ST J08081R0002
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 -
RS Stock No. 782-7593
Mfr. Part No.501381-1
BrandCOMMSCOPE
$4.29
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ST Multimode Simplex - 7.04mm - - - ST ST 501381 501381-1
RS Stock No. 179-0524
Mfr. Part No.106116-2000
BrandMolex
$42.39
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- Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - - - - - 106116
RS Stock No. 167-2858
Mfr. Part No.954 120 5000
BrandAmphenol
$46.42
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RS Stock No. 178-9615
Mfr. Part No.106116-2100
BrandMolex
$32.06
Each (In a Bag of 100)
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- Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - - - - - 106116
RS Stock No. 309-7681
Mfr. Part No.UN1373B
BrandNiebuhr
$376.87
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- - - 1000 μm, 50/125 μm, 62.5/125 μm - - - - D-Sub 9 Pin D-Sub 9 Pin - -
RS Stock No. 788-4533
Mfr. Part No.6278348-3
$10.77
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SC to SC Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - Metal SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 309-7704
Mfr. Part No.UN2373B
BrandNiebuhr
$310.65
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- - - 1000 μm, 50/125 μm, 62.5/125 μm - - - - D-Sub 9 Pin D-Sub 9 Pin - -
RS Stock No. 878-2460
Mfr. Part No.J68070A0001
$166.95
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LC Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.5dB - - - 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. 179-0580
Mfr. Part No.106116-2100
BrandMolex
$53.40
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- Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - - - - - 106116
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RS Stock No. 196-8374
Mfr. Part No.LC150SCPCMM
BrandTempo
$340.33
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LC to SC Single Mode Simplex - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 164-4907
Mfr. Part No.6278348-3
$10.759
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SC to SC Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - - - Metal SC SC - -
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