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.
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.
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.
- Fiber Optic cable transmits a more secure signal, with greater clarity.
- Fiber transmits more information at higher speeds and over longer distances.
- The advantage of working with fiber is that it is less bulky.
- The Fiber Cables do not corrode and are less susceptible to damage.
- Fiber Optics are almost always the better choice.
There’s no denying that fiber optic cables are the way of the future. Most telephone companies are replacing or have replaced traditional telephone lines with fiber optics, and soon almost all communications will be using them. As we have seen the cost of fiber drop over the last 10 to 15 years, bringing them into your home has never been so inexpensive. And, with new technology such as media converters and transceivers, having them in your home has never been easier.