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Optical Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045890D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Uberbacher, EC: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a plug and wall socket construction which allows optical fibers to be readily connected or disconnected in a one-handed, tool-free operation. A pair of optical fibers can be mounted in the plug and in the socket. The plug and socket construction includes guides which allow the plug to be inserted into the socket in only one orientation to assure that the correct optical fibers are optically connected.

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Optical Connector

This article describes a plug and wall socket construction which allows optical fibers to be readily connected or disconnected in a one-handed, tool-free operation. A pair of optical fibers can be mounted in the plug and in the socket. The plug and socket construction includes guides which allow the plug to be inserted into the socket in only one orientation to assure that the correct optical fibers are optically connected.

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a plug 10 within which a pair of optical fibers are terminated and a wall socket 12 within which a matching pair of fibers are terminated. The socket 12 includes apertures 14 and 16 in opposite sidewalls and a pair of tunnels for receiving the ends of optical fibers (not shown) which have been installed within the wall. Only one tunnel 18 can be seen in Fig. 1. The plug includes a housing 20 consisting of mirror-image halves 22a and 22b which are held together by screws or other conventional fasteners (not shown). The housing 20 includes an aperture 24 in each sidewall through which a flex- loaded latching barb 26 normally protrudes. Each latching barb can be as it retracted enters the housing 20 by pressing a push button 28. The optical fibers to be connected into the housing 20 through a "pistol grip" extension 30.

The interior details of the plug stretcher can be seen in the exploded view of Fig. 2. Optical fibers 32 and 34 end at a pair of plugs 36 and 38 which are spring-loaded to force th...