Fiber optics is the backbone of many of the technological infrastructures we rely on daily. Currently, your business or home internet, telephone, cable networking, or cable television likely relies on fiber optics to run.
But, what exactly is fiber optics and how does it work? First, a fiber optic cable is a network cable that contains strands of glass fibers inside an insulated casing. They’re designed for long distance, very high-performance data networking, and telecommunications. Compared to wired cables, fiber optic cables provide higher bandwidth and can transmit data over longer distances.
How fiber optics works
Fiber optic cables carry communication signals using pulses of light generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The two primary types of fiber cables are single mode and multi-mode fiber. Single mode fiber uses very thin glass strands and a laser to generate light while multi-mode fibers use LEDs.
Fiber optic cables have revolutionized the world of network communication. Some of the most popular uses of fiber optic cables are:
- Internet: Fiber optic cables transmit large amounts of data at very high speeds. As compared to traditional copper wires, fiber optic cables are less bulky, lighter, more flexible, and carry more data.
- Telephone: With the use of fiber optic communication, you can connect faster and have clear conversations without any lag on either side.
- Computer Networking: Networking between computers in a single building or across nearby structures is made easier and faster. Transferring files and information across networks is noticeably faster.
Learn more about how your business can benefit from fiber optic cabling by contacting Datel Corp. Our team of low voltage cabling contractors can assist you with installation, service, design, and implementation of your structured wire cabling and business telephone systems.