Fibre Optic cabling – Know it

Everyday we seem to hear about new technologies in Data Cabling transfer with the new claims of faster data compared to their peers. Fibre Cabling is one of them having brought a revolution in data tranfer. We have been hearing a lot about Fiber optics and how major ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are adopting the technology to make your online experience faster. Even Google has started their own internet service – based on fiber optics, and it is the fastest commercially available connection at a whopping 1000 mb/s, or 1 gb/s. That is insanely fast especially compared to the average connection in Canada which is between 10-25 mb/s. Fiber optics definitely has a lot of hype going for it these days, and it rightly deserves it.

Unlike traditional cables that pass information using electricity, and electrical pulses, fiber optics relies on light- and as we know there is nothing faster than light. This also means that the cables used to carry fiber optic connections have more to them than traditional cables such as cat 5. If the name didn’t give it away, fiber optic cables are made from glass fibers that are used to carry light across the cable. If you have a relatively powerful home theater system at home, you may already be familiar with this technology as many home theater systems use optical cables to carry sound as this ensures that the signal never degrades and has limited interference for the best sound possible.

Aside from providing an exceptionally fast connection, and experiencing less signal interference and degradation. Fiber optic cables do not interference with surrounding other cables not affecting the surrounding connections. Also, these cables are considerably lighter and thinner than their coaxial and Cat5 counterparts. Fiber optics also provide higher bandwidths over longer connections, and during installation eliminating spark hazards.

Granted fiber optic technology may have a lot going for it, but it isn’t without flaws. Due to the cables using glass fibers to transmit data, they are more fragile than traditional cables and cannot be bent, nor tied. In large geographical areas, cable installations have to create very large turning radius to ensure the cables don’t get damaged. This technology is also being adopted very well, but isn’t compatible with all types of existing hardware just yet. Finally commercially available fiber optics is still very expensive. With some pros and cons Fibre Optic Cabling is here to stay. Looking to install or terminate Fiber Cabling, simply contact for free quotes.