FC100 Fiber Optic Converter
Lightning Protection
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Overview

The FC100 is typically used with the SG000 Strike Guard Lightning Detector as part of the CS110 and LW110 lightning warning systems. The SG000 outputs its data signal via fiber-optic cable, and the FC100 is installed at the end of the fiber-optic cable and before the datalogger. The FC100 converts a fiber-optic data signal into an RS-232 signal for a lightning-proof connection between the sensor and the datalogger.

The FC100 can also be used as an RS-232 link between two serial devices (datalogger to PC) separated by less than 100 m (328 ft). The FC100 is a DCE device so a null modem cable will be needed between it and a datalogger.

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Benefits and Features

  • Lightning-proof and lightning-safe serial communication
  • Robust design for long, trouble-free operation
  • Instant termination without connectors, crimping, polishing, or epoxy

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Detailed Description

The FC100 is designed for use with the SG000 Strike Guard lightning detector as part of the CS110 lightning warning system. The SG000 outputs its data signal via fiber-optic cable, and the FC100 is installed at the end of the fiber-optic cable and before the datalogger. The FC100 converts a fiber-optic data signal into an RS-232 signal for a lightning-proof connection between the sensor and the datalogger.

The FC100 can also be used as an RS-232 link between two serial devices (datalogger to PC) separated by less than 328 ft (100 m). The FC100 is a DCE device so a null modem cable will be needed between it and a datalogger.

Specifications

Electrical Connector 9-pin, D sub, DTE compatible
Baud Rates 1,200 to 19,200 bps (at 100 m guaranteed with FC100CBL-L cable)
Power 12 Vdc (via pn 14291 or pn 15966)
Current 5 mA (average)
Mounting Holes 7.62 cm (3 in.) apart
Case Width 2.8 cm (1.1 in.)
Dimensions
  • 9.0 cm (3.5 in.) from the ends of the mounting bracket
  • 5.6 cm (2.2 in.) from the bottom of the case to the top of the screw on the top of the case

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Data Loggers

Product Compatible Note
CR1000
CR1000X
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR300
CR3000
CR310
CR5000 (retired)
CR6
CR800
CR850
CR9000X

Additional Compatibility Information

The FC100 is used with the SG000 Strike Guard.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to FC100: 10

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  1. Short-fiber runs sometimes pass too much signal. The solution is to pull the fiber part way out of the holding ferrule.
  2. The 12 Vdc power supply keeps the signal from dropping when large data packets are transmitted.
  3. The data transmission fibers are fragile and cannot be bent or broken. Consequently, the fibers need to be handled with care and protected inside a conduit (usually PVC).
  4. With a good signal strength, 1200 to 19,200 bps.
  5. They provide lightning-proof and lightning-safe serial communication that eliminates the need for transient suppression devices.
  6. The FC100 provides instant termination—no connectors, crimping, polishing, or epoxy.
  7. 100 m (330 ft) with a 1.0 mm poly-methylmethacrylate (PMMA) core with a PVC or polyethylene jacket, simplex or duplex; up to 1 km with a higher-grade fiber.
  8. Direct communication between two RS-232 serial devices, such as a PC to a data logger or a data logger to a serial sensor.

  9. The FC100 is designed for lightning-proof and lightning-safe serial communication. Because the FC100 offers PMMA or glass fibers that are not conductive, electrical surges (such as those caused by lightning) cannot travel between the modems.
  10. The FC100 is required to communicate with the SG000 Strike Guard Lightning Sensor. The SG000 is an option for the CS110 Electric Field Sensor and the LW110 Lightning Warning System.

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