Lfiber’s optical switches (singlemode/multimode fiber switches) are micro-optic-based, opto-mechanical switches. These fiber switches offer a cost-effective way to provide flexibility in optical network connectivity. Applications include optical protection, optical channel monitoring, remote fiber test systems (RFTSs), remotely reconfigurable add-drop multiplexers, etc.
Opto-mechanical Optical Switches (Fiber Switches)
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About Optical Switches (Singlemode/Multimode Fiber Switches)
1xN Mechanical Optical Switches (4, 8, 16, 24, 32, 64, 128 Port Fiber Switches)
Lfiber’s fiber optic switch is available from 4 to 256 ports/channels (typically 128/64/32/24/16/8/4 port). The port count is customizable according to specific applications. Operationally, an optical switch acts just like an electrical switch. Mechanical movement of some part controls the direction of the light signal (or changes states between transmitting and cutting off the signal). Such fiber switches are useful in testing of fiber components and systems and in other applications, such as bypassing inoperative nodes in a local area network.
1U/2U/3U/4U Rackmount Optical Switches (19-inch Rack Mount Chassis)
Lfiber’s rack-mount optical switches come with in standard sizes: 1/2/3/4U 19″ rack mount cases. We provide customizable designs to meet different demands for specific applications. Also, we can offer modular assemblies that integrate other components to form a full function or subsystem on request.
Basics of Opto-mechanical Optical Switches (Fiber Switches)
Opto-mechanical optical switches, whose operation is based on motion of fibers relative to fiber connectors, can also be considered as fiber switches. These fiber switches generally use mechanical positioning systems, where movement of optical fibers or other components relative to each other permits switching of light from input fibers to output fibers of the system. Although the movement can be realized manually, an actuation mechanism is more commonly employed. It include electrostatic actuation, electromagnetic actuation, thermal actuation, comb-drive actuation and piezoelectric actuation, etc. Opto-mechanical optical switches can be classified into two main types, namely, the fiber moving type and the optical-component moving type where the moving component can be prism, lens, mirror, collimator or other fiber optic components.