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Does bending an optical toslink cable 'hurt' it?

Old 07-14-02, 11:43 AM
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Does bending an optical toslink cable 'hurt' it?

I read somewhere that you shouldn't bend optical digital cables for fear of 'breaking' them. Is this true?
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Old 07-14-02, 12:12 PM
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Short answer: Yup, so don't bend it severely.
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Old 07-15-02, 02:49 PM
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You can let it bend gently and naturally around a corner w/ no probs usually. If you force around a corner and kink it, you run a good chance of breaking it. It's not like copper wiring that you can bend any which way, it's optical so it doesn't take much to break it.
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Old 07-15-02, 03:55 PM
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I tied mine is 3 tight knots for a test and it works perfectly. It's not glass so it's not as easy to break.

At work I rolled something over some fibre optic cable smashing it completly flat and it still works perfectly.

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Old 07-16-02, 10:42 AM
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Well, it was kind of long. So originally I looped it together and tied it with a tiewrap (pretty tight). I don't think I should do that. So I untied it and just let it hang now.
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Looping it is fine. It's sharp angle turns that will kill it.

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