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1. (WO2019006121) FIBER OPTIC EXTENDER PORTS, ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME
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We claim:

1. An extender port (200) for making an optical connection, comprising:

a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) disposed on the extender port (200) with the at least one connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) of the extender port (200) and defining a connection port passageway (233);

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature resilient member (310RM) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (310).

2. The extender port of claim 2, further comprising at least one securing feature passageway (245), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature (310) is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (245).

3. The extender port of claim 1 or 2, further comprising a tether cable having at least one optical fiber, the tether cable is attached to the extender port so that the at least one optical fiber is aligned with the at least one connection port (236).

4. An extender port (200) for making an optical connection, comprising:

a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) disposed on the extender port (200), the first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) of the extender port

(200) and defining a first connection port passageway (233), the connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') disposed on the extender port (200), the second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238') extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into the cavity (216) of the extender port (200) and defining a second connection port passageway (233 '), the second connection port passageway (233 ') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233);

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature resilient member (31 OR) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (310).

5. The extender ports of any one of claims 1-4, wherein the at least one securing feature is capable of translating within the shell (210).

6. The extender port of any one of claims 1-5, wherein of the at least one securing feature (310) is biased to a retain position (RP).

7. An extender port (200) for making optical connections, comprising:

a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a first connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238') extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a second port passageway (233'), the second connection port passageway (233') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the at least one connection port passageway (233), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature is capable of translating within a portion of the shell (210).

8. The extender port of any one of claims 1-7, wherein the securing feature (310) comprise a locking member (310M) and an actuator (31 OA).

9. The extender port of any of claims of 1-7, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a bore 310B that is aligned with the at least one connection port passageway (233).

10. An extender port (200) for making optical connections, comprising: a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216') and defining a second port passageway (233 ') , the second connection port passageway (233 ') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the at least one connection port passageway (233), and the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a common securing member (310M) that is capable of translating within a portion of the shell (210).

11. The extender port of any one of claims 1-10, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) translates from a retain position (RP) to an open position (OP) as a suitable fiber optic connector ( 10) is inserted into the at least one connection port (236).

12. The extender port of any one of claims 1-11, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of releasing a fiber optic connector when translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (245).

13. The extender port of any one of claims 1-12, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of moving to a retain position (RP) automatically when a suitable fiber optic connector is fully-inserted into the at least one connector port passageway (233).

14. The extender port of any one of claims 1-13, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a locking feature (310L).

15. The extender port of any one of claims 10-13, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a locking feature (310L), wherein the locking feature (310L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.

16. The extender port of any one of claims 10-15, wherein the common securing member (310M) comprises two locking features (310L).

17. The extender port of claim 16, wherein the two locking features (310L) are opposing locking features (310L).

18. An extender port (200) for making optical connections, comprising:

a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216') and defining a second port passageway (233 ') , the second connection port passageway (233 ') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the at least one connection port passageway (233), and the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a bore (310B), and the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of translating within a portion of the shell (210) wherein the at least one securing feature (310) translates from a retain position (RP) to an open position (OP) as a suitable fiber optic connector (10) is inserted into the at least one connection port (236).

19. The extender port of claim 18, wherein the bore (310B) is sized for receiving a suitable fiber optic connector therethrough.

20. The extender port of claims 18 or 19, wherein the bore (310B) comprises a locking feature (310L).

21. The extender port of claim 20, wherein the locking feature (310L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.

22. The extender port of any one of claims 7 or 10-21, further comprising at least one securing feature resilient member (310R) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (310).

23. An extender port (200) for making optical connections, comprising: a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216') and defining a second port passageway (233 ') , the second connection port passageway (233 ') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the at least one connection port passageway (233), and the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a bore (310B) and a locking feature (310L), and the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of translating within a portion of shell (210), and wherein the at least one securing feature (310) translates from a retain position (RP) to an open position (OP) as a suitable fiber optic connector (10) is inserted into the at least one connection port (236).

24. The extender port of claim 23, wherein the locking feature (310L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.

25. The extender port of claim 23 or 24, wherein the locking feature (310L) comprises a retention surface (310RS).

26. An extender port (200) for making optical connections, comprising: a shell (210);

a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216) and defining a connection port passageway (233);

a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port (200) into a cavity (216') and defining a second port passageway (233'), the second connection port passageway (233') being aligned with the first connection port passageway (233); and

at least one securing feature (310) associated with the at least one connection port passageway (233), and the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a locking member (310M) and an actuator (31 OA), and the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of translating within a portion of the shell (210), wherein the at least one securing feature (310) translates from a retain position (RP) to an open position (OP) as a suitable fiber optic connector ( 10) is inserted into the at least one connection port (236).

27. The extender port of claim 26, wherein the locking member (310M) is a portion of a securing feature sub-assembly (310SA).

28. The extender port of any of claims 1-27, wherein the at least one connection port (236) is a portion of the shell (210).

29. The extender port of any of claims 1-28, the shell (210) comprises at least a first portion (212) and a second portion (214).

30. The extender port of any one of claims 1-29, further comprising at least one adapter (230A) aligned with the first connection port (236).

31. The extender port of any one of claims 1-30, wherein the connection port passageway (233) comprising a keying portion (233KP).

32. The extender port of any one of claims 1-31, further comprising a sealing feature 310S disposed on the at least one securing feature (310).

33. The extender port of any one of claims 1-32, wherein at least a portion of one securing feature passageway (245) is arranged transversely to a longitudinal axis (LA) of the connector port passageway (233).

34. The extender port of any one of claims 1-33, further comprising at least one adapter assembly (230A) aligned with the first connector port passageway (233).

35. The extender port of claim 34, wherein the adapter assembly (230A) is disposed in cavity (216) of shell (210).

36. The extender port of claims 34 or 35, the adapter assembly (230A) further comprising a resilient member (230R).

37. The extender port of any one of claims 1-36, wherein the extender port (200) is weatherproof.

38. The extender port of any one of claims 1-37, further comprising a sealing element (290).

39. The extender port of any one of claims 1-38, wherein the first connection port (236) retains a suitable fiber optic connector (10) when the fiber optic connector (10) is fully- seated within the at least one connection port (236).

40. The extender port of any one of claims 1-39, being disposed in an organizer suitable for holding a plurality of extender ports.

41. A method of making an extender port, comprising:

providing a shell (210) comprising a first connection port (236) having an optical connector opening (238) and a connection port passageway (233); and

assembling at least one securing feature (310) so it is associated with a connection port passageway (233) of the shell securing;, and

installing at least one securing feature resilient member for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature.

42. A method of making an extender port, comprising:

providing a shell (210) comprising a first connection port (236) comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port into a cavity (216) of the extender port and defining a first connection port passageway (233), and a second connection port (236') comprising an optical connector opening (238) extending from an outer surface (234) of the extender port into a cavity (216) of the extender port and defining a second connection port passageway (233 '), where the second connection port passageway is aligned with the first connection port passageway;

assembling at least one securing feature (310) so it is associated with a connection port passageway (233) of the shell securing;, and

installing at least one securing feature resilient member for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature.

43. The method of claims 41 or 42, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) translates from a retain position (RP) to an open position (OP) as a suitable fiber optic connector (10) is inserted into the at least one connection port (236).

44. The method of any one of claims 41-43, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of releasing a fiber optic connector when translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (245).

45. The method of any one of claims 41-44, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) is capable of moving to a retain position (RP) automatically when a suitable fiber optic connector is fully-inserted into the at least one connector port passageway (233).

46. The method of any one of claims 41-45, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a locking feature (310L).

47. The method of any one of claims 41-45, wherein the at least one securing feature (310) comprises a locking feature (310L), wherein the locking feature (310L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.

48. The method of any one of claims 41-47, wherein the at least one securing feature (310M) comprises a common securing member comprising two locking features (310L).

49. The method of claim 48, wherein the two locking features (310L) are opposing locking features (310L).