Making the switch from copper cable to fiber optic cable? We understand that you may be asking why. There are many beneficial reasons. When trying to decide whether to buy fiber optic cables or regular, copper cable ones, it’s essential to understand just what fiber optics are and how they can benefit your network.

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Fiber Signal more Secure and Clear

To put it simply, fiber optics is a technology that uses glass fibers instead of copper conductors to transmit data. Each of those glass fibers that are bundled together are capable of sending messages adjusted onto light waves. Because fiber transmits the signal through glass in the form of light, it does not conduct electricity—they do not require grounding and they are not susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This means that fiber optics have an extremely secure signal and maintains a very clear signal (virtually noise free).

More Information, Faster

Fiber optic cable transmits information digitally, giving it the ability to carry higher bandwidths at higher speeds, meaning more information, less waiting, and over longer distances. Copper cable can’t compare to fiber optics in bandwidth and speed capabilities.

Ease of Installation

Fiber optic cables are thinner and lighter than copper cables, which makes maneuvering them much easier. With copper cable being much more bulky, it is often difficult to make changes in your current network without drastic changes. If you are installing a new fiber network or just replacing lines, they can be easily placed in existing areas where runs are made.

Less Corrosive

However, these advantages don’t come without some cost. Due to their sophisticated nature, they are more fragile than copper wires and more expensive to install. But this also comes with an advantage—cable damage and failure is detected early and immediately. The benefit is that fiber optic cable does not corrode and is not as sensitive to water and chemical damage, meaning that correctly installed, they last for a long time. (continue reading…)