By now, it’s fairly obvious to everyone who has the slightest interest, that there a a myriad of applications for fiber optics that extend far beyond the pretty lights on your Christmas tree. Fiber optics and communication cabling capabilities now extend into virtually every industry on the planet. In fact, you could say that data voice cables and structured cables have revolutionized more facets of our daily lives than they have not. From our connection to the internet and our televisions, to the rate and speed at which our traffic signals work, to how business communication is carried out – fiber optics has improved the quality and clarity of communication systems across the globe. Where it’s difficult to still make the case for copper wiring, there are some tech-challenged folks who continue to profess their inexplicable preference for the out-of-date wiring option. Here’s why they might want to rethink their devotion:
- The bandwidth – Because structured cabling of fiber optics provides a standardized performance of up to 10 Gbps, fiber crushes copper in its ability to carry more information with greater fidelity.
- The Security – Fiber optics is free of radiating signals and therefore extremely difficult to tap. If a cable is tapped the actual fiber will leak light and cause the system to fail. Copper wiring does not have the same capabilities and leave your business communications vulnerable.
- The Reliability – Data transmission over data voice cabling is reputed to be highly dependable. The reliability of structured cabling is in part, due to its immunity to environmental factors. Where copper cable can be affected by radio interference, impedance and and cross-talk, fiber optic cabling allows no running of electric currents. It can be submerged under water and run next to industrial machinery without issue.
- The Design – The relative small size of fiber optic cable, compared to copper wiring, makes it a less cumbersome, easier to handle material to deal with. It is lightweight, thin and has pulling specifications up to 10 times greater than copper.