Difference between Armored Fiber Patch Cables and Fiber Patch Cords

Fiber patch cords are continually changing to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. Although today’s fiber patch cords are protected, severe straining or twisting during installation might cause fiber damage. Some specially designed fiber patch cords appear to meet a variety of application requirements. Like armored fiber patch cables, they are moistureproof, fireproof, and have rat bite prevention. Knowing our alternatives can save us a significant amount of time and money. This article will introduce this armored fiber patch cables and its difference between normal fiber patch cords.

What is Armored Fiber Patch Cables?

Armored fiber patch cables are a relatively recent type of fiber patch cable. It is more powerful than a standard optical fiber patch cord. It is not necessary to have protective sleeves, and people also use in extreme environments. Armored optical fiber cable has the potential to significantly lower construction costs. In the mean while, routine maintenance becomes simpler and more convenient. The structure of armored fiber patch cables is metal hose, 0.6 tightly fiber, Dupont Kevlar, woven metal wire (reinforced cable torsion function, to avoid external cable damage), environmental flame retardant PVC than cable strength stronger than the general indoor cable.

armored fiber patch cables

What is Fiber Patch Cords?

Fiber Patch Cords is a fiber optic cable with connectors on both ends. It’s called fiber optic patch cable or fiber optic jumper cable. A fiber optic patch cable connects a desktop computer to an outlet, as well as an optical cross-connect distribution center or fiber optic patch panels. These fiber patch cables are only made for indoor use and are found in server rooms, cable TV networks, telephone lines, data centers, and other locations. There are many specifications of fiber patch cords, such as single mode, multimode, connector types LC/SC/FC/ST. For more information about patch cord, please check out “A Guide to Fiber Optic Patch Cord”.

fiber patch cords

Difference between Armored Fiber Patch Cables and Fiber Patch Cords?

  1. Structure

Armored fiber patch cables have all of the characteristics of normal fiber patch cords but is more stronger. The main difference between armored fiber patch cables and traditional fiber patch cords is that it uses a small bypass pipe and a woven metal mesh to protect the optical fiber, in relation to easily breaking of fibres, easy damage defects, and flame retardant PVC protective sheath to achieve the purpose of moistureproof, fireproof, and rat bite prevention. Without affecting the optical performance of the optical fiber itself, the lateral pressure resistance of the optical fiber itself can improve greatly, and can prevent damage from mechanical force.

armored and non armored fiber patch cables structure

  1. Tensile Force

With the stainless armored tube inside the outer jacket, armored fiber patch cables have greater tensile force than normal fiber patch cords. The optical fiber patch cord is made into a branch, which can be easily torn off because the patch cord is often pulled during use, and the tensile strength is poor. Armored fiber patch cables can be made into branch jumpers of various specifications, the optical cables at these branches are protected by stainless steel sleeves. Due to the small branches being armored optical cables, the tensile performance greatly increases.

fiber patch cables armoured

  1. Flexibility

Although the armored fiber patch cable has a stainless steel sleeve, it does not affect its flexibility at all. The usable bending diameter of it can reach φ5mm, which is half of the normal fiber patch cords. As a result, there is great flexibility even when used in limited spaces or harsh environments.

armored fiber patch cables and fiber patch cords

Armored Fiber Patch Cables and Fber Patch Cords

  1. Reuse Rate

Normal fiber patch cords are prone to wear and tear off after using for a long time, which affects the transmission quality. The reuse rate of armored jumpers is much higher than that of ordinary jumpers, up to about 75% (this data varies according to the complexity of cabling), while most of the normal fiber patch cords cannot recycle, and the recycling rate is less than 20%. High durability and repeatability can reduce cabling costs and waste of resources.

armored fiber patch cables reuse rate

  1. Applications

Armored fiber patch cables and normal fiber patch cords can both used in many environment. LAN, fiber broadband access network, indoor network room cabling distribution. While armored fiber patch cables can also be used in industry, military applications, and other various harsh environments.

Baudcom offers both Armored Fiber Patch Cables and normal Fiber Patch Cords. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Post time: 2022-05-30


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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