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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RS Stock No. 164-7480
Mfr. Part No.504021-1
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD340
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
TWD249
Each
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ST to ST Multimode, Single Mode - - 7mm Silver - Zinc ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 167-2943
Mfr. Part No.6112
Brand3M
TWD59
Each
units
- - - - - - - Zinc - - - -
RS Stock No. 907-5634
BrandRS Pro
TWD296
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - - - - LC LC FT -
RS Stock No. 830-0070
BrandRS Pro
TWD83
Each
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Optical Jack - - - 8mm Black ≤ 2dB PVC Toslink 3.5mm Optical FM FM65
RS Stock No. 167-2870
Mfr. Part No.954 944 5000
BrandAmphenol
TWD1,960
Each
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- - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 309-7760
Mfr. Part No.UN6332S
BrandNiebuhr
TWD12,270
Each
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- - - 50/124 μm, 62.5/125 μm - - - - D-Sub 9 Pin D-Sub 9 Pin - -
RS Stock No. 536-7724
BrandRS Pro
TWD65
Each
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FC to FC Multimode Simplex - - Black - - FC FC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7651
BrandRS Pro
TWD161
Each
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SC to SC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - - SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 121-3955
BrandRS Pro
TWD206
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - Aqua 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 121-3952
BrandRS Pro
TWD104
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Simplex - - Aqua 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 238-3385
Mfr. Part No.953 122 5003
BrandAmphenol
TWD314
Each
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- - - - - - - Metal - - - -
RS Stock No. 307-8264
Mfr. Part No.8119
Brand3M
TWD152
Each
units
- - - - - - - Zinc - - - -
RS Stock No. 788-4543
Mfr. Part No.5502781-4
TWD169
Each
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SC to FC Multimode, Single Mode Simplex - - Black - Plastic SC FC - -
RS Stock No. 878-2454
Mfr. Part No.J68071A0000
TWD3,247
Each
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LC to LC Multimode Duplex - - - 0.2dB Brass LC LC TOC -
RS Stock No. 384-9000
Mfr. Part No.LC-120-5200U
BrandAmphenol
TWD2,330
Each
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex 1.55mm - Blue - - LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 148-616
Mfr. Part No.6313
Brand3M
TWD112
Each
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SC to SC Multimode Duplex - - Blue - Thermoplastic SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 822-3242
Mfr. Part No.106115-1110
BrandMolex
TWD720
Each
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- Multimode, Single Mode Duplex - - - - Metal LC LC 106115 1110
RS Stock No. 167-2836
Mfr. Part No.944 120 6001
BrandAmphenol
TWD1,012
Each
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- - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 536-7695
BrandRS Pro
TWD172
Each
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ST to SC Multimode Duplex - - Beige - - ST SC - -