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1. WO2020139745 - MULTIPORT ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING MOUNTING FEATURES OR DUST PLUGS

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CLAIMS

We Claim:

1. A multiport assembly comprising:

a shell extending between a front end and a rear end positioned opposite the front end in a longitudinal direction, the shell defining:

a cavity;

a plurality of optical connector ports positioned at the front end of the shell and extending inward from the plurality of optical connector ports toward the cavity of the shell; and

a lower surface;

a plurality of optical adapter assemblies positioned within the cavity of the shell, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies structurally configured to optically couple optical connectors; and

a mounting member coupled to the shell, the mounting member defining:

an aperture extending through the mounting member; and

at least one standoff that extends outward from a lower surface of the shell.

2. The multiport assembly of claim 1, further comprising a second mounting member comprising an aperture and a standoff portion, and wherein the shell defines a rear shell aperture that receives a portion of the second mounting member.

3. A multiport assembly comprising:

a shell extending between a front end and a rear end positioned opposite the front end in a longitudinal direction, the shell defining:

a cavity;

a plurality of optical connector ports positioned at the front end of the shell and extending inward from the plurality of optical connector ports toward the cavity of the shell;

a lower surface; and

a rear shell aperture;

a plurality of optical adapter assemblies positioned within the cavity of the shell, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies structurally configured to optically couple optical connectors;

a mounting member coupled to the shell, the mounting member comprising an aperture extending through the mounting member, and at least one standoff that extends outward from a lower surface of the shell; and

a second mounting member comprising an aperture and a standoff portion, and wherein the shell defines a rear shell aperture that receives a portion of the second mounting member.

4. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-3, further comprising a dust plug having a locking feature and a keying portion.

5. The multiport assembly of claim 4, the dust plug further comprises a dust plug body attached to a dust plug tether.

6. A multiport assembly comprising:

a shell extending between a front end and a rear end positioned opposite the front end in a longitudinal direction, the shell defining a cavity and a plurality of optical connector ports positioned at the front end of the shell and extending inward from the plurality of optical connector ports toward the cavity of the shell;

a plurality of optical adapter assemblies positioned within the cavity of the shell, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies associated with the plurality of optical connector ports and structurally configured to optically couple optical connectors; and

a dust plug comprising a locking feature and a keying portion.

7. The multiport assembly of claim 6, the dust plug further comprises a dust plug body attached to a dust plug tether.

8. The multiport assembly of claim 7, further comprising a faceplate or a mounting member, wherein the faceplate or the mounting member captures a portion of the dust plug tether between the faceplate and the shell or the mounting member or the shell.

9. The multiport assembly of claim 7, further comprising a mounting member coupled to the shell, the mounting member defining an aperture extending through the mounting member, and at least one standoff that extends outward from a lower surface of the shell.

10. The multiport assembly of claim 6, further comprising a mounting member coupled to the shell, the mounting member defining an aperture extending through the mounting member, and at least one standoff that extends outward from a lower surface of the shell, and wherein the dust plug further comprises a dust plug body attached to a dust plug tether, and the mounting member captures a portion of the dust plug tether between the mounting member and the shell.

11. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 5 or 7- 10, wherein the dust plug tether further comprises a gripping portion disposed between the dust plug body and an end of the dust plug tether.

12. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 5 or 7-11, wherein the dust plug body comprises a first material and the dust plug tether comprises a second material.

13. The multiport assembly of claim 12, wherein the first material is harder than the second material.

14. The multiport assembly of claims 12 or 13, wherein the first material has a flexural modulus that 100 times greater than a flexural modulus of the second material.

15. The multiport assembly of claims 12-14, wherein the second material has a Shore D hardness in the range of 40-50.

16. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 12-15, wherein the second material is a thermoplastic polyester elastomer.

17. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 7-16, wherein the dust plug comprises a plurality of dust plug bodies attached to respective legs of the dust plug tether.

18. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 7-17, wherein the dust plug tether comprises a portion that is overmolded about a portion of the dust plug body.

19. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 6-18, further comprising a second mounting member comprising an aperture and a standoff portion, and wherein the shell defines a rear shell aperture that receives a portion of the second mounting member.

20. The multiport assembly of claim 19, wherein the second mounting member is attached to the shell and has a cantilevered end not attached to the shell.

21. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-20, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies being associated with respective push-button members for translating a securing element.

22. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-21, further comprising at least one securing element resilient member for biasing a portion of the securing element.

23. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-21, wherein the securing element comprises a locking feature disposed with a bore.

24. The multiport assembly of claim 22, wherein the locking feature comprises a ramp with a ledge at the backside.

25. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-23, wherein the plurality of optical adapter assemblies are modular.

26. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-25, further comprising a splitter positioned within the cavity of the shell.

27. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-26, further comprising an input tether comprising one or more optical fibers in optical communication with at least one of the optical adapter assembly of the plurality of optical adapter assemblies.

28. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-27, wherein the shell defines a volume of 800 cubic centimeters or less.

29. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 1-28, wherein the multiport assembly has a port width density of at least one connector port per 20 millimeters of width of the multiport assembly.

30. A multiport assembly comprising:

a shell extending between a front end and a rear end positioned opposite the front end in a longitudinal direction, the shell defining:

a cavity;

a plurality of optical connector ports positioned at the front end of the shell and extending inward from the plurality of optical connector ports toward the cavity of the shell; and

a lower surface;

a plurality of optical adapter assemblies positioned within the cavity of the shell, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies structurally configured to optically couple optical connectors; and

a mounting member coupled to the shell, the mounting member defining:

an aperture extending through the mounting member; and

at least one standoff that extends outward from a lower surface of the shell.

31. The multiport assembly of claim 30, wherein the shell further defines a slot positioned on the lower surface of the shell, and wherein the mounting member is positioned at least partially within the slot of the lower surface of the shell.

32. The multiport assembly of claim 31 , wherein:

the slot of the shell defines a bottom face, a sidewall extending between the bottom face and the lower surface of the shell, and a tab that extends over the bottom face to define a channel bounded by the bottom face, the sidewall, and the tab;

the mounting member defines a slot engagement tab extending outward from the mounting member; and;

the slot engagement tab of the mounting member is positioned within the channel of the shell.

33. The multiport assembly of claim 32, wherein the slot of the shell defines more than one tab extending over the bottom face of the slot, and the slot further defines a cutout positioned between the more than one tab in the longitudinal direction, wherein the sidewall extends between the bottom face of the slot and the lower surface of the shell in the vertical direction at the cutout.

34. The multiport assembly of claim 30, wherein the shell defines a latch recess positioned on the lower surface of the shell and comprising a latch engagement face that is oriented to face forward in the longitudinal direction, and the mounting member comprises a latch comprising a multiport engagement face oriented to face rearward in the longitudinal direction and that is engaged with the latch engagement face.

35. The multiport assembly of claim 34, wherein the latch of the mounting member comprises a latch tab and the multiport engagement face extends outward from the latch tab, and the latch further comprises a ramp extending between the multiport engagement face and the latch tab.

36. The multiport assembly of claim 35, wherein the latch tab extends beyond the shell in the longitudinal direction.

37. The multiport assembly of claim 30, wherein the shell defines a lateral slot positioned on the lower surface of the shell.

38. The multiport assembly of claim 37, wherein the mounting member comprises a longitudinal member that extends at least partially over the lateral slot and wherein the longitudinal member defines the at least one standoff.

39. The multiport assembly of claim 38, wherein the mounting member further comprises a forward tab that is integral with the longitudinal member.

40. The multiport assembly of claim 38, wherein the mounting member further comprises a forward tab that is separate and spaced apart from the longitudinal member.

41. The multiport assembly of claim 40, wherein the forward tab defines a standoff that is spaced apart from the lower surface of the shell and the longitudinal member defines a standoff that is spaced apart from the lower surface of the shell.

42. The multiport assembly of claim 38, wherein the shell defines a rear shell aperture positioned at the rear end of the shell, and the longitudinal member defines the aperture extending through the longitudinal member and aligned with the rear shell aperture.

43. The multiport assembly of claim 42, wherein the longitudinal member comprises a bushing that is positioned at least partially within the rear shell aperture.

44. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-43, further comprising a splitter positioned within the cavity of the shell and a plurality of optical fibers extending between the splitter and the plurality of optical adapter assemblies.

45. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-44, further comprising an input tether comprising a plurality of optical fibers connected with corresponding optical adapter assemblies of the plurality of optical adapter assemblies.

46. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-45, further comprising a dust plug having a locking feature and a keying portion.

47. The multiport assembly of claim 46, the dust plug further comprises a dust plug body attached to a dust plug tether.

48. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-47, the plurality of optical adapter assemblies being associated with respective push-button members for translating a securing element.

49. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-48, further comprising at least one securing element resilient member for biasing a portion of the securing element.

50. The multiport assembly of any one of claims 30-49, wherein the securing element comprises a locking feature disposed with a bore.

51. The multiport assembly of claim 50, wherein the locking feature comprises a ramp with a ledge at the backside.

52. A method for securing a multiport assembly to a surface, the method comprising:

positioning a fastener through an aperture of a mounting member and installing the mounting member to the surface, wherein the mounting member comprises a standoff engaged with the surface and an outward face that is spaced apart from the standoff and the surface;

aligning a slot engagement tab of the mounting member with a cutout defined by a slot of a shell of the multiport assembly;

sliding the multiport assembly with respect to the mounting member to position the slot engagement tab within a channel bounded by a bottom face, a sidewall, and a tab of the slot of the shell; and

engaging a latch of the mounting member with a latch recess defined by the shell of the multiport assembly.

53. The method of claim 52, wherein engaging the latch of the mounting member comprises engaging a multiport engagement face of the latch with a latch engagement face of the latch recess, wherein the multiport engagement face and the latch engagement face are oriented to face in opposing directions.

54. The method of claim 52, further comprising engaging an endface of the mounting member with an endface of the slot, wherein the endface of the mounting member and the endface of the slot are oriented to face in opposing directions.

55. The method of claim 52, further comprising engaging a ramp of the latch of the mounting member with the shell to move the latch outward and away from the shell.