Fiber -- singleMode to multiMode ?

Posted on 2014-08-27
Last Modified: 2014-09-08
I have three buildings about 1,000 feet from each other.
My ISP #2 is able to get into building #3 for $15,000
less since they don't have to bore under a parking lot/etc
1. can I do the below between buildings
    since I have SPARE fiber already terminated
    do I need to go into each building's SWITCH,
    not just the PATCH PANEL ?

2. is the below #1 doable
    do I need something like
    not just the PATCH PANEL ?
1. Building #3
       ** ISP #2 comes in at this building
       ** SC "single mode FIBER" end into
            PATCH PANEL's unused internal
            "multi-mode FIBER"
       ** feeds into Building #2 PATCH PANEL

2. Building #2
       ** FIBER into Building #2 PATCH PANEL
          from Building #3 PATCH PANEL
       ** FIBER out of Building #2 PATCH PANEL
          to Building #1 PATCH PANEL
3. Building #1
       ** FIBER out of Building #1 PATCH PANEL
          to Building #1 firewall as ISP #2
Question by:finance_teacher
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    Accepted Solution

    I think you asked this with COAX earlier, but you are all fiber.  Do you own the fiber between buildings?

    If I understand, you have a mix of single and multimode fiber, which you would have to use a convertor to utilize.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Dirk Kotte
    if you wish to connect sigle-mode to multi-mode you need a Mode Conditioning Patch Cable

    looks good but:
    your 1,000 feet distance between the buildings is nearly the maximum for a multi-mode fiber link.
    possible the additional loss from the mode-conditioning-cables is too much.

    would suggest to place a little switch with a monomode and a multimode interface at building#3
    ... or the converter from your post..

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