Neutrik have improved on the original opticalCON with the introduction of the opticalCON ADVANCED range. All ADVANCED cable connectors have an extremely rugged protective rubber coating with integral anti-kink strain-relief boot and a rubber-coated metal, latching cap attached by a steel lanyard. (The metal latching cap and connector front housing is available separately to upgrade older assemblies, see SCNO below.) The opticalCON ADVANCED QUAD system is designed around the duplex LC optical connector, housed in a ruggedised latching body. They are suitable for point-to-point audio, data or camera connection use in all environments such as studio floors, touring, rental and outside broadcast. The cable connectors are supplied pre-assembled only, onto a choice of four-fibre, or twelve-fibre triple-split breakout cables. The chassis connector rear accepts two conventional LC-Duplex connectors. Unlike opticalCON DUO which will accept either opticalCON DUO assemblies or standard LC connectors at the front face, opticalCON QUAD will only mate with opticalCON QUAD cable assemblies at the front.
Fibres within both chassis and cable connectors are protected from dirt when unmated by integral, automatic, sealing-shutters with silicone gaskets, which lift when the connectors are mated. The shutters also block laser emission, should a source be left switched on inadvertently. Connector housings have an extremely hard-wearing black chrome finish.
Multimode (MM), 50/125 micron, PC style assemblies are available as well as singlemode (SM), 9/125 micron, assemblies, in either PC or APC style. Please note that LC cables fitted to the rear of the chassis connector MUST match the mating opticalCON QUAD assembly type. Connections between MM 50 micron and either 62.5 micron or other fibre sizes may cause losses of 3dB or more.
The ruggedised, all-metal connector body houses four fibre ends and has a simple push-to-latch mating action; a pull-to-release outer sleeve allows un-mating. It incorporates a heavy-duty cable retention mechanism which attaches to the aramid yarn within the cable. In addition to the automatic sealing shutters, a rubber-coated, steel, latching protective cap is fitted for use when unmated. When mated or capped, the connection is environmentally sealed up to IP65 (see chassis connector sealing options). Inserts are colour-coded to indicate multimode (black) and singlemode (blue).
Note: Cable connectors are pre-assembled onto cable and are not available as individual components.
ADVANCED QUAD - 4M, 4S
Four-fibre, lightweight mobile field cable with rugged PUR jacket and excellent cable retention provided by an aramid yarn wrap. Available in multimode (4M) or singlemode (4S) versions. With military approval, it is suitable for demanding audio and broadcast applications.
ADVANCED QUAD X-TREME - X4M
Four-fibre 'X-TREME' mobile field cable with a PUR (outer), cut-proof and rodent-resistant, double jacket/glass yarn sandwich construction. Excellent cable retention is provided by an aramid yarn wrap. Available in multimode (X4M).
ADVANCED QUAD ARMORED - XX4M, XX4S
Four-fibre, stainless steel 'ARMORED' cable, enormously robust and resistant to extraordinary strains and crushing forces of up to 2000kg laterally-applied weight. Excellent cable retention is provided by an aramid yarn wrap. The interlocked, helical form, plastic-coated, stainless-steel armouring preserves high deployment and reeling flexibility. Available in multimode (XX4M) or singlemode (XX4S) versions. 'Armored' cables are only available in lengths up to 100 metres.
Fibre cable assemblies can be supplied in coils, special opticalCON cases, or on an appropriately sized, heavy duty cable drum with cable tail support flange arms and 'docking' panel connectors.
For technical data concerning the optical fibres please see the linked resources.
Canford are a certified assembler of the Neutrik opticalCON range.
As part of our final test process Canford carry out both insertion and return loss measurement, as well as interferometry measurement on all Fibre terminations. Although some termination facilities do not use interferometry and rely merely on insertion and return loss testing to determine results Canford will always carry out interferometry as standard. Test results including 3D imagery of terminations can be supplied upon request.
Interferometry measures three critical dimensions required for continued reliability, end shape (radius of curvature measured in mm), the polished apex offset (measured in um) and fibre height (measured in nm). These three parameters all fall within tight industry standards which guarantees reliability when mating random connectors.
Popular cable lengths are listed, custom lengths or configurations are available to special order.
Due to the large number of possible configurations, some individual assemblies are not listed here. Please contact Sales or Technical Support to discuss your exact requirements and options.
For deployable cables offering up to 12 fibres in a single jacket, splitting at each end into tails of 1 metre length, terminated with opticalCON ADVANCED Duo or Quad connectors, see Neutrik opticalCON ADVANCED Split Cable Assemblies for further details.
The chassis connector acts as a 'feed-through' and accepts two conventional LC Duplex MM or SM connectors at the rear. It has an integral, automatic, sealing-shutter, with silicone gaskets to protect the fibre ends and block laser emissions when unmated. Additional NDO rubber push-fit dummy plugs or semi-latching SCNO-FDW-A metal sealing covers are recommended for chassis connectors when not in use.
The connectors must be mounted on the front of cases, bulkheads or panels in a standard Neutrik 'D' cut-out. If mounting in a sixteen-way Canford 'Universal Connection Panel', it is strongly recommended that the connectors are spaced alternately (horizontally) with blanking-plates, to allow sufficient access to the cable-connector latching-sleeve. The eight-way Canford 'Universal Connection Panel' has cut-outs equally spaced across the width of the panel and will accommodate opticalCON connectors in every position.
A sealing gasket may be fitted behind the connector flange where environmental sealing up to IP65, when mated, is required. They are not required for sealing in wallbox, tailgate or termination panel applications, where the panels themselves are not sealed, However, the gaskets provide easy colour identification of the fibre mode; multimode (black) or singlemode (blue). Red, green, yellow and white gaskets provide channel identification. Gaskets should be ordered separately as required.
Note: The sealing gaskets are larger than the connector flange making them unsuitable for use on panels with designation strips and / or conventional 'D' cut-out separation (16 cut-outs in a 19 inch panel).
Dedicated, Canford manufactured, 2U, flat or angled panels are available, to accommodate up to 8 connectors with gaskets. See Canford Tailboard and Wallbox Termination Panels - Flat - Fibre - Unpopulated. Modular 1U and 3U angled-panel systems are also available, see Neutrik Opticalcon Advanced Z-panels and Angled Rack Panels. Additional NDO dummy plugs are also recommended for chassis connectors when not in use.
These allow opticalCON QUAD cables to be joined inline; they are IP65 rated when mated.
NAO4MW-A Multimode Black insert
NAO4SW-A Singlemode Blue insert
Crossed fibre connection couplers are available to special order, contact Sales.
Metal, semi-latching, sealing cover for opticalCON chassis connectors, complete with wire tether and eyelet.
SCDP - Sealing Gaskets for Chassis Connectors
For fibre mode or channel identification, particularly where multiple channels or triple-split cables are used.
SCDX - Hinged Cover
These seal unmated 'D' size chassis connectors from water, dust and dirt and are rated at IP54. They are coloured to allow fibre mode coding.
SCDX-0 Black (Multimode)
SCDX-5 Green (Singlemode APC)
SCDX-6 Blue (Singlemode)
NDO - Dummy Plug
Rubber push-fit dummy plug can be fitted into unused chassis sockets to avoid miss-wiring and protect against dust.
SCDR - Rear Cover
This soft plastic cover fits the rear end of several D-size chassis connectors including opticalCON QUAD. It is used to protect the gap between connector and cable. The protection cover works with all common wires, cables and fibres; simply cut off the cover end to the required diameter.
SCNO4 - Cable Connector Cap Upgrade Kits
A rubber-coated, metal, latching, cable-connector cover attached by a steel lanyard to a connector front-housing, allowing the upgrade of opticalCON to opticalCON ADVANCED sealing and protection specification. Simply screws on in place of the old housing without disturbing the fibre termination. All springs are white; the connector inserts are colour coded to identify the fibre signal mode.
SCNO4MX-A Black (Multimode)
SCNO4SX-A Blue (Singlemode)