Is there any noticeable limitations or penalties from using inline fiber couplers, such as those in a patch panel to join multiple fiber runs together?
Currently I have switches joined together directly, which obviously works fine however I want to neaten up the install and terminate the bulk of the run in a patch panel at each end, i.e.
switch <-> patch panel <---//---> patch panel <-> switch
This I figure should work as lots of people probably do this, however I also will need to do an outdoor run between two buildings using SWA-protected fiber, but I don't want to run that all the way between the patch panels as it's expensive for the length required and surely unnecessary once the fiber is inside the buildings so I was wondering if the following would still be fine, i.e.
switch <-> patch panel <-> coupler <===//===> coupler <-> patch panel <-> switch
<-> is normal fiber and
<=> is SWA fiber.
I figure every coupler introduces some loss in signal but would it make any noticeable difference that would cause problems?
Fiber is OM3.