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What You Need To Know About Fibre Optic Cables

If you are thinking about upgrading your residential cabling system by installing fibre optic cables, there are several things you need to know before you can decide if the upgrade is worth it. So to help you firm up your knowledge, here are some important facts about fibre optic cables.

Glass Construction -- Fibre optic cables are made from extruded glass fibres that are heat-treated in very high temperatures to harden the glass and make it much stronger than standard glass. They are then sealed in PVC material, which is durable and provides a strong protective layer. The construction process of fibre optic cables is similar to the way tempered glass for windows and shower screens is made. But when fibre optic cables are made, quality control technicians have to make sure that the glass fibre strands are equal in diameter. 

High Bandwidth -- Fibre optic cables have a much higher bandwidth than copper cabling. Bandwidth is the amount of information that is transmittable through the cable and is most often measured in megabits per second (Mbps). You may notice that when you order Internet from a cable company, a representative may tell you the Mbps speed, which refers to the speed at which you can upload or download information on your computer.

Mbps is even more crucial at a workplace that deals with a lot of online ordering, as the faster information processes, the more work that gets done. And fibre optic cables can transmit information faster than copper cables because the reflective quality of the glass lets data flow through at a higher rate of speed.

Simple Installation -- Unlike copper cabling or coaxial cabling, installing fibre optic cables is much easier because they are lightweight, thin and easy to handle. Fibre optic cables also have less attachments than copper cables, which means that installation is quicker and more efficient, saving you money on labour costs.

Enhanced Security -- When you install fibre optic cables, you are helping to protect yourself against Internet intrusion from hackers. The reason is that unlike copper cables and coaxial cables, fibre optic cables don't utilise electromagnetic power, which means that they don't emit a signal that hackers can trace back to your network system.

Fire Resistant -- Unlike copper cables, fibre optic cables don't conduct electricity, which negates any chance of an electrical fire since there is no current flowing through the cables. Copper can overheat and the wires can spark and catch fire, especially if the cables haven't been changed in a long time.

For more information on fibre optics, contact professional cable companies or electricians, such as A.J.C. Electrical Service Pty Ltd.