Choosing a Fiber Cable Configuration

SSF Fiber Cable Configuration Type Comparison

Cleerine SSF™ Fiber Cable Types

Choosing a fiber cable configuration? Cleerline SSF™ fiber optic cables are available in most typical industry cable constructions. These include lower strand counts like Simplex or Duplex, high strand count Micro Distribution types, or Armored and Direct Burial constructions.

Additionally, Cleerline SSF™ cables have a variety of jacket rating options, including Riser, Plenum, and CPR-rated LSZH. Read on for more information on our specific cable constructions. For full details on all cable types, refer to their individual product pages.

To compare our current fiber configurations, download our Fiber Comparison Matrix.

For readers in the EU and UK, our available offering of cables is different from the above due to CPR requirements. View the currently available configurations.

Most fiber cable types are available in both single mode and multimode. For more information on selecting fiber type and number of strands, visit Selecting Fiber Type and Count. Even more information on the difference between single mode and multimode fiber is available in our article here.

Simplex: 1 Fiber

Simplex cable consists of one jacketed fiber optic strand in a 3.0 mm tube. This cable is available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor
  • Plenum Indoor/Outdoor
  • CPR-Rated LSZH

Duplex: 2 Fiber

Duplex cable is built of two 3.0 mm tubes in a zipcord configuration. Each tube contains a single strand of fiber. Duplex cable is frequently used for patch cords, and this cable is a very common choice for installations. In general, we recommend a minimum of two strands of fiber for most applications. Duplex is available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor
  • Plenum Indoor/Outdoor
  • CPR-Rated LSZH

Micro Distribution: 2-144 Fibers

Cleerline SSF™ Micro Distribution can replace all standard tight-buffer distribution cables. The Micro Distribution cable configuration consists of one 2.0 mm or 3.0 mm tube containing multiple 250 µm fiber strands. Currently, we produce this fiber configuration in up to 144 strands (contact us for availability). Micro Distribution is especially suited for indoor networking as it is lightweight, extremely flexible, and very fast to terminate. This cable is available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor
  • Plenum Indoor/Outdoor
  • CPR-Rated LSZH

Rugged Micro Distribution: 2-12 Fibers

Cleerline Rugged Micro Distribution Fiber is very similar to the Micro Distribution above, but features an additional layer of jacketing and additional fiberglass yarns. It is intended for installations outdoors in conduit or indoors in riser spaces. This cable is available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor/Outdoor

Breakout Cable: 2-4 Fibers

Breakout cable has an overall jacket containing 2.0mm subunits, each with a single strand of fiber. Some configurations also include a central strength member. The layered construction of this cable type provides extra protection for the glass. Breakout cable is also very efficient to terminate as the individual subunits can be terminated without the need for a fanout kit. This cable is currently available in multimode only.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor
  • Plenum Indoor/Outdoor

Aluminum Interlocking Armored: 2- 72 Fibers

Aluminum Interlocking Armored (AIA) Micro Distribution fiber has a core protected by a spirally-wrapped aluminum strip. This cable is intended for indoor applications in which cable requires extra protection. Cleerline AIA cables are highly crush resistant and are available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Plenum Indoor

Armored Corrugated Steel/Direct Burial: 2-12 Fibers

Cleerline SSF™ Armored Corrugated Steel Direct Burial cable features a heavy-duty construction. The fibers are protected by a corrugated armored steel tube, and the fiber’s outer jacket is UV-resistant polyethylene. Direct Burial cable is highly crush resistant and is a larger cable, with a diameter of 9.0 mm. Cables are available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Outdoor Only/Direct Burial

Tactical Cable: 2-12 Fibers

Tactical Cable is available in both a Micro Distribution and a Breakout configuration. These cables are designed for installations where cable may need to be moved or changed. They are intended primarily for rental or staging purposes, and these cables are not rated for in-wall usage. Both Tactical Breakout and Tactical Micro Distribution are available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Non-rated: Outdoor Only

Fiber + Power: 2 Fibers

Fiber + Power is a specialty cable featuring two fibers in a Micro Distribution cable configuration alongside one 2 conductor 18 AWG copper cable. As a result, this cable type allows for convenient simultaneous data and power transmission. Fiber + Power is available in single mode or multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Plenum Indoor/Outdoor

Fiber + CAT6: 2 Fibers

Fiber + CAT6 consists of two simplex OM3 fibers alongside 2 CAT6 cables. This cable is available only in 500 ft spools due to its larger outer diameter (14.0 mm). With this cable, Category and fiber cables can be run simultaneously. This configuration is only available in multimode.

Rating Options:

  • Riser Indoor