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. 422-6010
BrandRS PRO
$3.70
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ST to ST Multimode - - - - - Metal ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7550
BrandRS PRO
$9.39
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SC to SC Single Mode Duplex - - Green - Ceramic SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7651
BrandRS PRO
$10.76
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SC to SC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - - SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 907-5634
BrandRS PRO
$15.82
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - - - - LC LC FT -
RS Stock No. 536-7752
BrandRS PRO
$3.70
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ST to ST Single Mode Simplex - - - 0.1dB Ceramic ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7617
BrandRS PRO
$25.72
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - - LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 121-3947
BrandRS PRO
$7.408
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Blue 0.1dB Cold Rolled Steel LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 738-8530
BrandRS PRO
$31.22
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E2000 to E2000 Single Mode Simplex - - Green - - E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 536-7639
BrandRS PRO
$7.23
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MTRJ to MTRJ Multimode - - - Black - Phosphor Bronze MTJR MTJR - -
RS Stock No. 121-3949
BrandRS PRO
$4.635
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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LC to LC Single Mode Simplex - - Green 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 422-6032
BrandRS PRO
$16.74
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ST to SC Multimode, Single Mode Duplex - - Blue - - ST SC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7594
BrandRS PRO
$21.12
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E2000 to E2000 Single Mode Simplex - - Blue - Ceramic E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 121-3946
BrandRS PRO
$1.685
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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SC to SC Single Mode Simplex - - Blue - Cold Rolled Steel SC SC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7695
BrandRS PRO
$11.61
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ST to SC Multimode Duplex - - Beige - - ST SC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7724
BrandRS PRO
$3.36
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FC to FC Multimode Simplex - - Black - - FC FC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7768
BrandRS PRO
$4.15
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ST to ST Multimode Simplex - 7mm Black - Phosphor Bronze ST ST - -
RS Stock No. 536-7960
BrandRS PRO
$24.29
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LC to LC Single Mode - - - Blue - Ceramic LC LC - -
RS Stock No. 536-7601
BrandRS PRO
$21.11
Each
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E2000 to E2000 Multimode Simplex - - Brown - Phosphor Bronze E2000 E2000 - -
RS Stock No. 121-3948
BrandRS PRO
$7.41
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LC to LC Single Mode Duplex - - Green 0.1dB Ceramic LC LC LC -
RS Stock No. 536-7645
BrandRS PRO
$8.95
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ST to SC Single Mode Duplex - - - 0.1dB Ceramic ST SC - -
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