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Understanding Each Critical Component of a Fiber Optic System

by Bobby Salerno on December 9, 2019

Corning and Accu-Tech are here to help you understand each critical component of a fiber optic system and select the proper products for your network today, tomorrow, and for years to come. Taking a solution-based approach, we want to be sure you fully understand how these solutions contribute to your network’s overall performance and longevity, ultimately saving you time and money.

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Considerations in the LAN

What factors should you consider when designing a LAN? There are many variables that can impact the overall success of a network. Start with the list below, and as always, contact Corning and Accu-Tech with any design questions you may have.

  • What is the longest cable I need to run in my network?
  • In what type of environment am I working?
    • Data center networks
    • Harsh environments
    • Building backbone
    • Campus backbone
  • How am I terminating fiber, or how am I installing a connector?
    • Preterminated or factory terminated
    • Field terminated either splicing or with UniCam® connectors

Components of the LAN

So why think Corning when designing your LAN? The following information will guide you through each critical component of a LAN and assist in product descriptions and differentiations.


Corning's extensive cable product portfolio allows for one manufacturer for all network segments, regardless of environment or pathway. Cables containing Corning® bend-insensitive fiber minimize the risk of network signal loss due to tight installation bends, and itss LAN cables meet global RoHS standards. Because speed of installation is often important in LAN deployments, our core cable products are widely available in distributor inventory. In addition, Corning's ALTOS ® cable with binderless FastAccess® technology reduces cable and access time by at least 50 percent.Screen Shot 2019-10-07 at 8.58.10 AM

For more detailed information on Corning’s cable offerings, read our previous blog post.


Look for flexible termination options in your LAN. Corning’s LANscape® solutions connectivity products (UniCam® connectors, adapter panels, or CCH cassettes) can be used with any LANscape housing (CCH, WCH, SPH, or PCH—and don’t worry; we’ll get to those later). Corning also offers field-termination options, with either the uNiCam connector or anaerobic-cured connectors. Regardless of the termination method you choose for your deployment, we have the tailored products that feature intuitive fiber management and offer labor and installation time savings.

Corning also offers training from its nationwide team of pioneers at no charge to ensure your installation will be successful from day one. And Corning’s UniCam connector product line comes with a guarantee—100% yield—on every fiber type, for every UniCam connector style.

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For more detailed information on Corning’s connector offerings, read our previous blog post.


When designing a local area network, look for hardware products optimized for any style of installation, at any point in the network. Corning's closet connector housing (CCH) rack-mountable field-connectorized, spliced and wall-mountable, connector housing (WCH) wall-mountable, field-connectorized, spliced product lines meet these requirements. Corning's hardware lines are also tailored for below-floor, ceiling mount, environmentally sealed, and wall-outlet applications. CCH cassettes are available as a pigtailed cassette, termination cassette or splice cassette.

When using Corning hardware, a common adapter panel design allows the same panels to be used in any LANscape® solutions housing, CCH, single-panel housing (SPH), WCH, or Pretium™ connector housing (PCH). Corning's CCH cassettes can be used in both CCH and WCH housings.

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For more detailed information on Corning’s hardware offerings, read our previous blog post.

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