10 Tips for Fiber Planning and Design
2. Use the same fiber in backbone and patch cords
This recommendation sounds like a “no-brainer.” However, the subtleties of OM3, OM4 and bend-insensitive fibers can make this a necessity. Field horror stories support the use of the same fiber type (OM3, OM4, bend-insensitive) from the same manufacturer to avoid unexpected bandwidth or loss problems.
I didn’t know exactly what I would be doing at my current job with the University of Texas at Austin when I was hired. Now that I am one year into the job I have a better understanding. One of my biggest responsibilities is helping design and document the fiber installations the University owns between buildings. This article directly addresses the types of decisions that I help make.