When it comes to fiber optic cabling, there are many different types to choose from. FiberTechs offers a variety of fiber optic cables including single-mode or multimode cabling. Fiber optic cable selection can be confusing due to the variety of cable types, which is why it’s important to trust a professional when choosing which type of cable is best to use.
What Is Fiber Optic Cable?
Fiber optic cable types all consist of a core that transmits light, which is usually either glass or plastic, followed by a cladding that reflects light to prevent significant loss, and surrounded by sheathing which protects the core and cladding from getting damaged. Typically, the thickness of each will vary depending on where the cable is placed and the type of performance needed.
Fiber Optic Cable Types
Multimode Fiber – The multimode fiber has a wide core that allows it to carry multiple streams of data simultaneously at wavelengths of 850nm or 1300nm. Multimode fiber uses LED as its light source and it is used to carry high volumes of data over shorter distances.
Singlemode Fiber – Singlemode Fiber has a much smaller core and one single light path that can travel further. Singlemode is usually used for longer distances, such as cable TV transmissions and campus data networks.
Simplex & Duplex Cables
Simplex – Simplex fiber cables use a single strand of glass or plastic fiber. Typically simplex fiber is used where only a single transmit or receive line is required between devices, or when a multiplex data single is used.
Duplex – Duplex fiber cables are made up of two strands of glass or plastic fiber. Usually, they are found in a “zip cord” construction format; this cable is typically used for duplex communication between devices using a separate transmit and receive.
Other Types of Fiber Optic Cable
Active Optical Cables – These are fiber optic cables with transceivers permanently bonded to each end. This eliminates the need for connectors. Active optical cables are usually found in top-of-rack applications where there are short link distances.
Multi-strand Fiber – Similar to duplex fiber, they have multiple strands of fiber carrying data in the same direction. This type of fiber is designed to support data rates of about 25G and uses an MPO connector.
Loopback Cables – A loopback cable is used to test signal transmissions and identify any issues. It’s a simple and effective way to test the transmission capability and receiver sensitivity of network equipment.
The Right Fiber Optic Cable For You
Trust the professionals, we can help your company choose the right fiber optic cable that works best for your needs. Understanding fiber optic cabling can be complex, which is why we are here to help. We offer a variety of fiber optic services, ranging from network design to emergency troubleshooting, both inside and outside plant (OSP). Contact FiberTechs today for your fiber optic cabling necessities.