Network Cabling for Businesses: Why Fiber Reigns Supreme

Category: General
June 5, 2020

If you’re looking to make adjustments to your business’ network, your primary options for cabling are fiber optic and copper. Though both options transmit data and can be used in a variety of environments, there are several reasons why most companies are choosing fiber for commercial networks. Today we’re going to take a look at the advantages fiber optic cabling has over traditional copper.

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Fiber Optic Cabling is Fast 

When it comes to getting your data transmitted quickly, fiber optic cabling wins the day. Fiber optic cabling offers the fastest connection for modern business solutions and though it can be more expensive than its copper counterpart, its efficiency more than makes up for it. Copper cabling maxes out its speed at about 40 gigabits per second, while fiber optic cabling can transmit data at nearly light-speed. Its capabilities have been theorized to transmit data at hundreds of terabits per second. 

Fiber Optic Cabling Can Reach Great Distances 

Depending on the size of your facility, you may need cabling that can transmit data several miles from one server to another. Copper wiring’s capabilities max out at about 100 meters, but fiber optic cabling can reliably transmit data up to 24 miles. Though you could, theoretically, have copper cabling transmit data father than 100 meters, it may not be as smooth and reliable of a transmission. Fiber optic cabling can handle long distances without compromise.

Fiber Optic Cabling is Immune to EMI

When it comes to establishing a strong, reliable connection for data transmission, interference can cause serious problems. When multiple lines of copper cabling run too close together, you run the risk of electromagnetic interference, or EMI. Fiber Optic cabling is completely immune to this phenomenon. 

Fiber Optic Cabling is Future-Proof

“Future-proof” is a term that means your cabling won’t need to be upgraded every few years to accommodate the changes to your data-processing needs. Every year, companies need to transmit more and more data as fast as possible. Your needs are going to continue to expand, so you’re going to want a cabling solution that can handle those needs both now and in the future. Luckily, fiber optic technology is designed with the future in mind. 

LanStar is Your Home for Cabling in Baltimore 

When it comes to fiber, LanStar Systems, Inc. is your best resource for Baltimore, MD structured cabling solutions. We have worked with many companies to help them optimize their cabling systems and will ensure that yours can handle anything you throw at it. To learn more, contact us today. We’re ready to make your cabling needs our priority. 


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