Patent Number: 6,250,817

Title: Device that attaches to the boot of an optical fiber simplex connector to provide the connector with anti-snagging and/or polarity identification features

Abstract: A device adapted to be attached to the buffer adapter, also known as the boot, of an optical fiber simplex connector to provide the connector with ant-snagging characteristics and/or to enable the polarity of an optical fiber cable terminated by the connector to be ascertained. In accordance with the preferred embodiment, the device is a duplex clip that comprises a clip body that is adapted to receive and grip the outer surfaces of the boots of a pair of simplex connectors to hold the simplex connectors in close spatial proximity to one another to thereby form a duplex connector. Two generally cylindrical bores are formed in the clip body and the inner surfaces of the bores are adapted to grip the outer surfaces of the boots. Slots are formed in the clip body to provide the bores with generally C-shaped cross-sections. Cables can be passed through the slots to enable the clip to be attached to a pair of simplex connectors when the simplex connectors are either coupled to or decoupled from a receptacle or adapter. The duplex clip has markings thereon that enable the polarity of the cables held in the clip to be easily ascertained.

Inventors: Lampert; Norman Roger (Norcross, GA), Driscoll; Elizabeth J. (Atlanta, GA), Mock; Troy Barry (Lawrenceville, GA)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: G02B 6/38 (20060101); G02B 006/38 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018