OFS offers HomeRun for indoor MDU cabling

OFS has introduced its latest advance for cabling multiple dwelling units (MDUs) as part of a fiber to the premises (FTTP) roll out. The new HomeRun Indoor MDU Cabling Solution aims to simplify installation and connections, thereby making MDU cabling projects faster, easier, low loss, and less expensive.

Sep 26th, 2012

OFS has introduced its latest advance for cabling multiple dwelling units (MDUs) as part of a fiber to the premises (FTTP) roll out. The new HomeRun Indoor MDU Cabling Solution aims to simplify installation and connections, thereby making MDU cabling projects faster, easier, low loss, and less expensive.

The HomeRun system leverages drop cables bundled at the OFS factory with a low friction sheath that enable 6 or 12 compact drop cables to be pulled up a riser and down a hallway in a single step. These 7- or 10-mm diameter mini-cord breakout cables contain EZ-Bend fibers in 1.6-mm cords. One end of the cable is terminated with SC or LC connectors that are plugged directly into the FOX Solution 144 FDH, 64 mini-FDH, or Slimbox terminal. The other end is pulled up the riser and down the hallway past each living unit.

The sheathed cables can be installed in moldings or above suspended ceilings. The HomeRun system is optimized for garden-style low-rise MDUs. Future versions can be installable directly on walls in a hallway, OFS says.

Once the sheathed cables have been installed, the outer sheath can be removed at each living unit via simple tooling. One of the 1.6-mm cords is terminated at the living unit with an OFS mechanical or fusion splice mounted connector, and plugged into the OFS Slimbox interconnection module typically installed above the unit’s entrance. The living unit is then ready to accept a service connection using an EZ-Bend Invisilight 4.8-mm or 3.0-mm drop fiber into the residence to the optical network terminal (ONT) location.

The EZ-Bend Fiber in the cabling offers less than 0.1 dB of added loss at 1550 nm for one turn at a 5-mm bend radius. The fiber assemblies therefore support sharp bends and conformal routing to reduce visual impact and fit in confined spaces, OFS adds.

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