How to Choose Fiber Optic Splitter

In today’s optical network topologies, fiber optic splitters are becoming increasingly essential. They offer features that allow customers to get the most out of optical network circuits, ranging from FTTx systems to standard optical networks. They are usually set at a central office or one of the distribution centers.

What is Fiber Optic Splitter?

A passive optical device that splits or separates an incident light beam into two or more light beams is known as a fiber optic splitter. Depending on the splitter’s configuration, these beams may or may not have the same optical power as the original beam. The outputs of an optical splitter can have variable degrees of throughput depending on their construction, which is very useful when developing optical networks, whether the optical splitter is used for network monitoring or as a loss budget in a passive optical network (PON) architecture. FBT splitters and PLC splitters are the two most common types of fiber optic splitters.


FBT Splitter

The FBT splitter is one of the most extensively recognized and used splitters in passive networks. It use traditional technology to join several fibers together from the fiber’s side.The FBT splitter is used in CATV networks, telecommunications equipment, and test equipment to split and tap power.

PLC Splitter

PLC splitter is a research hotspot at home and abroad, and has a good application prospect for the distribution or combination of optical signals. Based on planar lightwave circuit technology, it provides low-cost, small size, and high stability light distribution solutions.PLC splitters have a splitting ratio of up to 1×64, which is higher than FBT splitters.

Applications for PLC Splitter

Bare Fiber PLC Splitter

The bare fiber ends of bare fiber PLC splitters do not have connectors. In a WDM system, it can be spliced with pigtail boxes, test instruments, and other fibers to save space. FTTH, CATV, PON, LAN, test equipment, and other applications use it frequently.


Blockless PLC Splitter

The appearance of a blockless PLC splitter is similar to that of a bare PLC splitter. However, it is packaged in a more compact stainless steel tube for better fiber protection, and its fiber ends are terminated with fiber optic connectors. LC, FC, ST, and SC connectors are the most common. As a result, there is no need for fiber splicing during installation. PLC splitters with no blocks are typically used for multiple connections on distribution boxes or network cabinets.


ABS PLC Splitter

The ABS PLC splitter is protected by a plastic ABS box that allows it to adapt to various installation situations and requirements. 1×4, 1×8, 1×16, 1×32, 1×64, 2×4, 2×8, 2×16, 2×32 are common fiber optic splitter module.Outdoor fiber optic distribution boxes for FTTH, FTTX, PON, EPON, and GOPN networks are often used.

ABS PLC Splitter

Fanout PLC Splitter

PLC splitter with fan-out is mainly used for 0.9mm optical fiber where the ribbon fiber can convert to 0.9mm optical fiber through fan-out. 1×2, 1×4, 1×8, 1×16, 1×32, 1×64, 2×2, 2×4, 2×8, 2×16, 2×32, 2×64 fanout types are all available with PLC splitters. Fiber adapters can also be used for the input and output ends of this kind of splitters to directly meet the demand on smaller size of splitters.

Fanout PLC Splitter

Tray Type PLC Splitter

Tray type PLC splitter can be regarded the fiber enclosure which contains PLC fiber splitter inside a enclosure. It is often directly installed in optical fiber distribution box or optical distribution frame. FC, SC, ST & LC connectors are selective for termination. Tray type PLC splitter is an ideal solution for splitting at the places that are near OLT or ONU.

Tray Type PLC Splitter

Rack-mount PLC Splitter

Rack-mount PLC splitter can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications in FTTx projects, CATV or data communication centers. It uses the 19-inch rack unit standard to contain the PLC splitter inside a rack unit.

Rack-mount PLC Splitter

LGX PLC Splitter

LGX PLC splitter or LGX box PLC splitter has a strong metal box to house the PLC splitters. It can be used alone or be easily installed in standard fiber patch panel or fiber enclosure. The standard LGX mental box housing provides a plug-and-play method for integration in the network, which eliminates any risk during installation. No filed splicing or skilled personnel is required during deployment.

LGX PLC Splitter

Mini Plug-in Type PLC Splitter

Similar to the LGX PLC splitter, mini plug-in PLC type splitter is its small version with a compact design. It is usually installed in the wall mount FTTH box for fiber optic signal distribution. Using the mini plug-in PLC type splitter saves time and space but still provides reliable protection for the fiber optic splitter.

Mini Plug-in Type PLC Splitter

As a fiber optic splitter manufacturer, Baudcom offers all types of Fiber Optic Splitters. We have good after-sales service, with a one-year warranty period and also guarantee cost effective fiber optic splitter price. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Post time: 2021-05-20


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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