1. Fiber cables offer several
advantages over traditional long-distance copper cabling.
2. Fiber optics have a higher
capacity. The amount of network bandwidth a fiber cable can carry easily
exceeds that of a copper cable with similar thickness. Fiber cables rated at 10
Gbps, 40 Gbps and even 100 Gbps are standard.
3. Since light can travel much
longer distances down a fiber cable without losing its strength, it lessens the
need for signal boosters.
4. Fiber is less susceptible to
interference. A traditional network cable requires special shielding to protect
it from electromagnetic
interference. While this shielding helps, it is not
sufficient to prevent interference when many cables are strung together in
close proximity to each other. The physical properties of glass and fiber
cables avoid most of these issues.
The Different Types of Fiber Optic Cables:
Basically, fiber optic cables are bundles of 100% glass threads that are coated in two layers of plastic that is reflective. They are taking
the place of copper wires to protect the fibers from issues like chemical exposure or wide temp ranges. Their biggest advantage is their
ability to increase of transmission speed of digital information. Fiber optic cables are available in many different types, and choosing
one can be a bit of a challenge as it depends on where and how it will be installed as well as how many fibers it has.