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1. (WO2019006191) FIBER OPTIC PORT MODULE INSERTS, ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME
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We claim:

1. An port module insert (100) for making an optical connection, comprising: a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21 A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21 A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

2. The port module insert of claim 2, further comprising at least one securing feature resilient member (10R) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (10).

3. A port module insert (100) for making an optical connection, comprising: a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing

(21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing

(21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature resilient member (10R) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (10).

4. The port module inserts of any one of claims 1-3, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (245).

5. The port module insert of claims 3 or 4, wherein of the at least one securing feature (10) is biased to a retain position (RP).

6. A port module insert (100) for making optical connections, comprising:

a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45), and a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

7. The port module insert of any of claims of 1-6, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a bore (10B) that is aligned with the at least one connection port passageway (33).

8. The port module insert of any of claims 1-6, further comprising a plurality of connection ports (36) and a plurality of securing features (10).

9. A port module insert (100) for making optical connections, comprising:

a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein the at least one securing feature is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45), and the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a bore (10B), and a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

10. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-9, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (36).

11. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-10, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of releasing a fiber optic connector when translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

12. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-11, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (33).

13. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-12, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a locking feature (10L).

14. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-13, wherein the securing feature (10) comprise a locking member (310M) and an actuator (310A)

15. A port module insert (100) for making optical connections, comprising: a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion the at least one securing feature is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45), and the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a bore (10B), and a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45) wherein the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (36).

16. The port module insert of claim 15, wherein the bore (10B) is sized for receiving a suitable fiber optic connector therethrough.

17. The port module insert of claims 15 or 16, wherein the bore (10B) comprises a locking feature (10L).

18. The port module insert of any one of claims 5- 17, further comprising at least one securing feature resilient member (10R) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (10).

19. A port module insert (100) for making optical connections, comprising: a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a bore (10B) and a locking feature (10L), and wherein a portion the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (36).

20. The port module insert of claim 19, wherein the locking feature (10L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.

21. The port module insert of claim 20, wherein the locking feature (10L) comprises a retention surface (10RS).

22. A port module insert (100) for making optical connections, comprising: a housing (21) comprising an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprising at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45); and

at least one securing feature (10) associated with the connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45), and the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a securing member (10M) and an actuator (10A), and the at least one securing member (10M) is capable of translating within a portion of the cavity (16) wherein the at least one securing member (10M) 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 (36).

23. The port module insert of any one of claims 6-22, further comprising at least one securing feature resilient member (lOR) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (10).

24. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-23, further comprising one or more retention features between the inner housing (21 A) and the outer housing (2 IB).

25. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-24, wherein the inner housing (21 A) comprises a key (21AK) for cooperating with the outer housing (2 IB).

26. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-25, further comprising at least one adapter (30A) aligned with the at least one connection port (36).

27. The port module insert of claim 26, at least one adapter (30) is capable of floating relative with respect to the at least one connection port (36).

28. The port module insert of claims 26 or 27, further comprising at least one adapter (30A) biased by a resilient member (30R).

29. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-28, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (36).

30. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-29, wherein the connection port (36) further comprises a keying portion (33KP).

31. The port module insert of claim 30, wherein the keying portion (33KP) comprises a male key.

32. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-31, further comprising a sealing feature (10S) disposed on the at least one securing feature (10).

33. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-32, wherein at least a portion of the one securing feature passageway (45) is arranged in the same direction as a longitudinal axis (LA) of the connector port passageway (33).

34. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-33, further comprising at least one rear connector (52) comprising a rear connector ferrule.

35. The port module insert of claim 34, the at least one rear connector (52) having a SC footprint.

36. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-35, wherein the port module insert (100) is weatherproof.

37. The port module insert of any of claims 1-36, further comprising a coupling nut (80).

38. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-37, wherein the port module insert comprises a marking indicia for the at least one connection port (36).

39. The port module insert of any one of claims 1-38, wherein at least one connection port (236) is suitable for retaining a suitable fiber optic connector (10) when the fiber optic connector (10) is fully-seated within the at least one connection port (36).

40. A method of making a port module insert, comprising:

providing a housing (21) having an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprises at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45);

assembling at least one securing feature (310) so it is associated with a connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

41. A method of making a port module insert, comprising:

providing a housing (21) having an inner housing (21 A) and an outer housing (21B), the inner housing (21A) comprises at least one connection port (36) having an optical connector opening (38) extending from an outer surface (34) of the inner housing (21A) into a cavity (16) and defining a connection port passageway (33), and at least one securing feature passageway (45);

assembling at least one securing feature (10) so it is associated with a connection port passageway (33), wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) is disposed within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45); and installing at least one securing feature resilient member (10R) for biasing a portion of the at least one securing feature (10).

42. The method of claims 40 or 41, wherein a portion of the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (36).

43. The method of any one of claims 40-42, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) is capable of releasing a fiber optic connector when translating within a portion of the at least one securing feature passageway (45).

44. The method of any one of claims 40-43, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) 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 (33).

45. The method of any one of claims 40-44, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a locking feature (10L).

46. The method of any one of claims 40-45, wherein the at least one securing feature (10) comprises a locking feature (10L), wherein the locking feature (10L) comprises a ramp with a ledge.