LC to LC Connector ATEX/IECx Certified

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Jan 8th, 2014
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  First post guys so please be patient if I mess up.

I need a solution to connect 2 LC patch leads within an Exe enclosure.

One lead comes from a Westermo MCI-211G media convertor fitted with a Cisco GLC-SX-MM SFP transceiver, which is located within an Exd enclosure (then potted through into the Exe enclosure as per NORSOK regs), the other patch lead then goes to a non Ex rated patch panel (the media convertor is powered from the safe power system post purge).

If I wasn't constrained by the design of this particular module I would use an ATEX approved media converter (Primation P-Ex 1000 series) and locate it outside the enclosures but .....

I know that a standard LC to LC connector is a "simple device" and is completely passive, however it is not stamped with the magic ATEX CE approval.

Any solutions very welcome.


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Leo Laohoo Thu, 01/09/2014 - 04:18
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Won't make any difference. The main thing is your LC-LC patch cable should be, at least, OM3.

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andrewsmith4 Thu, 01/09/2014 - 04:45
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Please qualify "won't make any difference"

If the connector is not ATEX or IECEx approved it cannot be used in a potentially explosive area (Exe enclosure)

Any one out there who has connected LC ended patch leads within an explosive area without using a powered switch?


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