Drop Node Assemblies

Drop Node Assemblies are designed to connect the optical distribution node to the optical drop cable in a CATV network.

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Product Details

Clearfield® ensures the quality of its Drop Node Assemblies by utilizing factory terminated connectors, a fully water-blocked entry connector, loose tube, gel-filled cable (on most assemblies) and a GR-326 compliant 900 μm fiber termination process. This provides exceptional performance and stability over a full range of outdoor temperatures and environmental conditions. The end-user gains complete control over drop access and reconfiguration.

Features & Benefits


  • Terminations are designed and tested to Telcordia GR-326
  • Drop Node Assemblies make ease of installation into Optical Distribution Node (ODN)
  • Supports industry standard singlemode fiber


  • Rugged cable design protects against harsh outdoor environments
  • Fibers up-jacketed using materials which can endure temperatures from -40°C to 200°C
  • Cables using loose tube gel-filled OSP cable are sealed to eliminate water penetration
  • Feed Through Fitting (FTF) strain relief guarantees that movement does not occur at the transition into the ODN
  • Strain relief matches cable load rating


  • Industry standard terminations include SC and LC (ask a Clearfield representative for other available connectors)
  • Provides maximum cable management inside ODN using 900 μm or 2 mm up-jacket


  • Drop Node Assemblies offer a rugged solution for deploying fiber in any outdoor optical network
  • Environmentally stable, low-insertion loss, minimal back reflection
  • All assemblies are 100% tested

Technical Specifications

Specification Description
Core Size and Type Singlemode
Fiber Count

2-fiber, 4-fiber, 6-fiber (Riser)

4-fiber, 6-fiber, 8-fiber (Armored)

Jacket O.D. 900 μm, 2.0 mm
Cable Types Outdoor (Riser), Outdoor Armored (Non-Rated)
Connector Types SC/UPC, SC/APC, LC/UPC, LC/APC
Operating Temperature -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
Breakout Length Half meter, one meter, pulling eye, custom

Minimum Performance Specifications for Terminated Singlemode Connectors

Connector Type Ferrule Material Polish Type Ins. Loss Typical Max Ins. Loss Min. Ret. Loss
SC Ceramic UPC 0.15 dB  0.30 dB 55.00 dB
LC Ceramic UPC 0.15 dB 0.30 dB 55.00 dB
SC Ceramic APC 0.20 dB 0.30 dB 65.00 dB
LC Ceramic APC 0.20 dB 0.30 dB 65.00 dB