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There are two types of problems that will cause optical loss as light leaves one end-face and enters another inside an adapter: contamination and damage. Fiber Optics Testing: Fiber optics is the core of today's datacom networks. Optical fiber is the predominant media type for mission-critical datacenter links, backbone within buildings, and longer distances for campus networks. As network speeds and bandwidth demands increase, distance and loss limitations have decreased, making fiber optic testing more important than ever. Inspecting Fiber Optic Cable for Light Loss: For centuries, optics have been inspected and cleaned to ensure the proper passage of light. While inspection and cleaning fiber connectors is not new, it is growing in importance as links with increasingly higher data rates are driving decreasingly small loss budgets. With less tolerance for overall light loss, the attenuation through adapters must get lower and lower. This is achieved by properly inspecting and cleaning when necessary.