Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Should I consider using fiber optic cable?

While I wouldn't recommend running Fiber Optic Cable to every port on a network because it is uneccesary and expensive, fiber does make an excellent backbone cable. It is also the perfect solution to connecting two locations that are over 100m (328ft) apart on the same network. Also, the bandwidth on fiber optic cable is much greater than it's copper counterparts (Cat 5e & Cat 6) and will help facilitate any future upgrades to your network.

To connect two copper (meaning Cat 5e or Cat 6) networks together with fiber to make one network, you'll need two fiber-fed switches or two media converters. A fiber-fed switch is the same as any other switch except that one of the ports accepts a fiber connector. A media converter simply converts electrical signals (which run over copper) to optical signals (which run over fiber) and vice versa.

If you already own quality switches that meet your needs, you'll probably want to go with the media converters. They'll allow you to use all of your existing equipment, otherwise you can just purchase a switch that has fiber fed ports. With either of these options you will have to fork over a little money, but the good news is that the prices on these items have dropped tremendously over the last couple of years.

14 Comments:

At March 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will, Can you imagine I'm an old TV man (ist 8's and 10's at Admiral Corp 1948...ha, now you know how old I am) and Government Inspector who inspected more wire and cable that I dare talk about. Now here I am in the 21st century and can't understad the new cable marking. Wen I installed TV cable in this house in 1994 I used RG/6. OK fine. Now the other day I had Verizon install fiber optic for the TV and computer. We had to run quite a bit of RG/6 fr on end of the house to the other where Fiber met coaxial. I started to examine the white coax and did not find the marking I am accostomed to. In other words there was no RG/6 mark. It read like this "ETL (US) 9 900963 f6ssVN CATV 18" What the hell is this stuff? Did EIA drop the requirement for the RG mark? The Government still requires it. The Verizon man assured me it was RG/6. I checked the center conductor and read about 42 thousandths so I was satisified. Can you help this old man understand this obviosly new marking? What Body governs marking these says..EIA, UL???? Bob in Mechanicsburg, Pa

 
At March 6, 2011 at 1:21 AM, Anonymous Fiber Optic Cable said...

Fiber optic cable is more reliable than previous types of cable which were commonly used for data transmission including voice, video and data.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 5:16 AM, Blogger Wire Guys said...

Can you tell me about features and services of fibre cable and how this is more reliable to other product.

 
At September 20, 2011 at 2:57 AM, Blogger Jimmy said...

Oh yes, definitely. Fiber is quite awesome. :)

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At November 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM, Anonymous uno said...

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At September 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM, Anonymous Gwendolen said...

Thanks so much for your post, really effective data.

 
At September 28, 2012 at 6:12 AM, Anonymous Cisco partner in Afghanistan said...

Fiber optic cables are famous for the speed and reliability of the data so it is a very good option of course for the internet.

 
At October 20, 2012 at 6:30 AM, Blogger mary brown said...

To connect two copper (meaning Cat 5e or Cat 6) networks together with fiber to make one network, you'll need two fiber-fed switches or two media converters.click
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At February 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At February 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At February 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks to providing this useful information, it is useful for us when we will purchase Fiber optic cable.

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At December 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM, Blogger Robo Hits said...

Wow great post you shared with informative stuff. I like the way of sharing information. Hope you will continue with more as Fiber Optic Cable | business phone system installation.

 
At December 24, 2013 at 12:03 AM, Blogger Tania Kevin said...

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At January 25, 2014 at 6:06 AM, Blogger Tania Kevin said...

Yes fiber optic cable is a best option. In this speed is much better then other cable. In networking purpose it is best option.

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