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Can Fiber Optic Cables be Installed Outdoors?
Fiber Optic Cables for Outdoor Use
Depending on the size and build of your work space, installing your fiber optic cables outdoors might be the right space-saving solution for you.
by Vikas Dayal • February 06, 2024
When you're shopping for an outdoor cable, you want something reliable to stand the elements without sacrificing connectivity. Depending on the size and build of your work space, installing your fiber optic cables outdoors might be the right space-saving solution for you.
Can Fiber Optic Cables Run Outdoors?
Fiber optic cable technology works by transmitting data through pulses of light traveling to and from your device across glass filaments at the speed of light. The word "fiber" here refers to the many superfine glass filaments contained within the cable jacket, whereas other types of cable would typically contain traditional copper instead. These glass cores consist of a flexible, transparent fiber drawn to a diameter that's even more fine than a single strand of human hair. Despite this, fiber optic cables have a higher pull tension than other cables and hold up to extreme environmental conditions better than copper. They put up with more extreme temperatures, and newer versions bend more easily, which is why they are commonly used under the sea.
The optical fiber you'll find in cables like our OM3 Multimode fiber optic cable is manufactured to the highest standards on the market, so you can be sure it will run quickly and strongly for as long as you need it to!
Why Buy Outdoor Fiber Optic Cables?
Cables.com stocks a variety of fiber optic cables and accessories, including single mode OS2 patch cables available in standard yellow jackets as well as multi mode 10 GB OM3 and 40 GB OM4 aqua jacket cables. You can also purchase fiber optic couplers, fiber optic cable enclosures, and MTP/MPO cables. Though these cables all serve different purposes and can be found in multiple configurations, you will always have the option or purchasing them in custom colors or in bulk.
Depending on the size and build of your work space, running indoor fiber optic network patch cables might be difficult or even impossible. But have you considered having your fiber optic cables set up outdoors instead of in? It might just be the right solution for your home data network!
These Outdoor Rated Fiber Optic Cables (sometimes spelled "fibre optic," or referred to as "optical fiber") come in singlemode or multimode fiber optic types like our LC to LC OM3 Fiber Optic Cable for Direct Burial, and are among the complete line of fiber optic cable products that Cables.com currently offers.
In addition to their sturdy jackets, these outdoor fiber cables have high quality LC connectors on either end. They're available in lengths between 10 and 300 meters, but you have the option of contacting us for custom lengths if necessary.
If it's a single mode cable you're in the market for, Cables.com has you covered! You can purchase our LC to LC OS2 Singlemode Direct Burial Duplex Fiber Cable, rated for easy outdoor installation.
We currently offer these Outdoor Rated Fiber Optic Cables from 10 meters to 300 meters.
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If you're looking for outdoor cables, we want you to find what you need at Cables.com.
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