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What Does Fiber Optic Cable Do?

Fiber optic networks translate to high bandwidth, low signal loss, and less electromagnetic interference (EMI) with your connection.

Fiber Optic Cable works by by transmitting data through pulses of light across glass filaments at the speed of light.

by Vikas Dayal • May 19, 2023

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Fiber Optic Cable works by by transmitting data through pulses of light across glass filaments at the speed of light. Fiber optic networks translate to high bandwidth, low signal loss, and less electromagnetic interference (EMI) with your connection. 

Why Fiber Optic Cable?

If you're in the market for a fiber optic cable, you probably have some idea what it's meant to do  - or at least, what you'd like for it to do. When you're looking to set up a data network whether at home or in the office, you know how important it is to have something fast and reliable. Optical fiber networks are on the cutting edge of data transmission, and if you're chosen to invest in fiber it's because nothing else will do. So what exactly is your fiber optic cable going to do?

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. 

What does this mean for your connection? There are a number of reasons tech wizards might sing the praises of fiber networks. To sum things up, the key factors are as follows: high (nearly unlimited, in some cases) bandwidth, low signal loss, and less risk of EMI or electromagnetic interference.

What Kinds of Fiber Optic Cables Are There?

There are two different types of fiber optic cords - multi mode fiber, and single mode fiberCables.com's Datacomm single mode cables offer exceptional quality at the lowest prices in the industry. The biggest draw of single mode fiber optic cable is that it offers near-unlimited bandwidth. On the other hand, while single mode fiber cable only allows for one type of light mode to be transported at any given time, multi mode fiber cable allows for multiple types. Which fiber optic cable is best for you?

That depends on your needs! Single mode fiber optic cables like our OS2 LC to LC 9/125 Micron cable are manufactured with high quality Corning glass cores, and feature ceramic ferrules to ensure optimal data transfer. Their sturdy yellow jackets are resistant to dust, moisture, and rodents. If you are looking for a network patch cable that is immune to electronic interference and can offer great speeds at long distances, this Fiber Patch Cable is your ideal choice

Though our multi mode fiber optic cables won't transmit data as quickly as their single mode counterparts, they're priced more affordably and still able to handle high speeds. Our Datacomm-manufactured OM3 cables are capable of transmitting data of speeds up to 40Gb up to 150 meters, while our OM4 cables can achieve a performance of 100G over 100 meters. This SC to SC OM4 40GB fiber optic cable features an aqua blue 50/125 riser rated jacket and quality duplex SC connectors on either end. 

Shopping Fiber Optic Cables at Cables.com

If you're not sure how to proceed, check out our Quick Patch Finder tool for network cables and power cords. You also have the option of purchasing Custom Cables, combining your choice in cables with the configuration or jacket color you would like, so you can be sure you're getting exactly what you came to Cables.com for. 

Still Have Questions?

We'd love to hear them! Reach out to us by email at sales@cables.com, or Contact Us with our web form. We look forward to helping you with your cables shopping!

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