Last week we discussed 4 of the reasons why you should choose fiber optic cabling over copper cabling for your network cabling system. We talked about cost, bandwidth, design and signal degradation. This week we will be going over the other 4 major advantages of choosing fiber optic cables:

  1. Security- Copper cabling, especially if it isn’t installed correctly, can leave you vulnerable to being tapped. In fact the only thing that someone would need to tap your copper cables is a sensitive antenna that can pick up the energy that your cables radiate. Fiber cables are much more difficult to tap because they don’t radiate energy. If on the off-chance someone does end up tapping the system, it is much easier to detect because the cable will leak light.
  2. Reliability and Immunity- If you are looking for enhanced reliability when it comes to data transmission, there is no better option for you than fiber cables. These cables are insulated with a core made of glass, which ensures that no electrical currents can flow through. It is even safe to use fiber cabling next to industrial equipment or under water. The very best part is that fiber cabling isn’t as susceptible to temperature fluctuations as copper, and you don’t have to worry about fires ¬†like you would with older or worn copper cables.
  3. Pulling Tension- It seems a little bit backwards, but fiber cables are able to handle a much higher pulling tension than copper. Copper cables are actually quite delicate and they can only handle a 25 pound tension limit, whereas fiber cables can handle between 100-200 pounds of pulling tension.
  4. Distance- With any type of cable you will lose some signal strength as the cable increases, however fiber cabling can retain a much greater  bandwidth over a long distance than a copper cable can.