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Someone who has a lot of experience with fiber optic cable told me that somehow the cable needs to be pushed through conduits rather than pulled like I would with a Cat 6. Is this true? If so, what is the best way to push the cable through?

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It's less of an issue with multimode or large bundles of fibres but yes, for single mode fibres it can make a lot of sense to 'blow not suck', the way it's usually done is to attach the end/s of the fibres to some form of baffle that almost completely blocks the air on all sides of the conduit and then it's simply blown up the conduit. Think of it a bit like a blow-pipe.

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If I buy just a simple 100m pre-terminated fiber cable, wrapped the LC connector with something to protect it and then pushed it with a cable snake, do you think that would work OK? I'm pretty certain my conduit has a hole in it, so I'm not sure I can blow something through. Thanks! –  Timothy R. Butler Sep 25 '12 at 16:21
    
Reckon you'd be fine but buy a spare cable just in case. –  Chopper3 Sep 25 '12 at 16:45
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