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. 164-7480
Mfr. Part No.504021-1
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD88.60
Each (In a Box of 10)
units
ST to ST Multimode, Single Mode - - 7mm Silver - Zinc ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 493-6672
Mfr. Part No.504021-1
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD89.00
Each
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ST to ST Multimode, Single Mode - - 7mm Silver - Zinc ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 830-0070
BrandRS PRO
TWD111.00
Each
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Optical Jack - - - 8mm Black ≤ 2dB PVC Toslink 3.5mm Optical FM FM65
RS Stock No. 907-5634
BrandRS PRO
TWD345.00
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - - - - LC LC FT -
RS Stock No. 536-7601
BrandRS PRO
TWD481.00
Each
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E2000 to E2000 Multimode Simplex - - Brown - Phosphor Bronze E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 536-7617
BrandRS PRO
TWD393.00
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - - LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7768
BrandRS PRO
TWD75.00
Each
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ST to ST Multimode Simplex - 7mm Black - Phosphor Bronze ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7623
BrandRS PRO
TWD204.00
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Brown 0.1dB Phosphor Bronze LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 738-8530
BrandRS PRO
TWD547.00
Each
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E2000 to E2000 Single Mode Simplex - - Green - - E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 536-7639
BrandRS PRO
TWD172.00
Each
units
MTRJ to MTRJ Multimode - - - Black - Phosphor Bronze MTJR MTJR - -
RS Stock No. 885-7615
Mfr. Part No.32-1016
TWD30.90
Each (In a Pack of 50)
units
- - Duplex - - Ivory - ABS - - - 32
RS Stock No. 536-7645
BrandRS PRO
TWD256.00
Each
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ST to SC Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.1dB Ceramic ST SC - -
RS Stock No. 206-5245
Mfr. Part No.J08081A0002
TWD463.00
Each
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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. 309-7681
Mfr. Part No.UN1373B
BrandNiebuhr
TWD6,339.00
Each
units
- - - 50/125 μm, 62.5/125 μm, 1000 μm - - - - D-Sub 9 Pin D-Sub 9 Pin - -
RS Stock No. 536-7724
BrandRS PRO
TWD76.00
Each
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FC to FC Multimode Simplex - - Black - - FC FC - -
RS Stock No. 121-3948
BrandRS PRO
TWD188.00
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Green 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 362-9418
Mfr. Part No.WFR-00010-02
TWD1,237.00
Each
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ST to ST Multimode - - - Grey - Plastic ST ST 601 -
RS Stock No. 536-7960
BrandRS PRO
TWD666.00
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode - - - Blue - Ceramic LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 167-2808
Mfr. Part No.953 120 5000
BrandAmphenol
TWD255.00
Each
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- Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - Black - Polymer - - - -
RS Stock No. 121-3956
BrandRS PRO
TWD264.00
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Beige 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -