Fiber Optic Pigtails is utilized in terminating fiber optic cables via fusion or mechanical splicing. It is normally a tight-buffered fiber cable with a connector pre-terminated on one end and exposed fiber on the other. The fiber optic pigtail can have either male or female connectors. Female connectors can be mounted in a patch panel, while male connectors can be plugged into optical transceivers.
Fiber Optic Patch Cords are cables that contain one or two optical fibers that contain fiber connectors on two ends. Usually, they are used to connect active components to passive distribution frames (also called fiber patch panels or ODF). Fiber optic patch cables are for indoor applications only.