Most homes and businesses here in the Greater Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina have long utilized copper cables for telecommunication purposes such as connecting to the internet, whether through a coaxial cable (coax cable) or an ethernet cord. However, an increasing number of homeowners and corporations are opting to replace their copper wire cables with fiberoptic cabling, according to the computer networking publication CNET.
Our Triad Network Systems team has worked with clients looking to switch out their copper cable for fiber optic cable for many reasons. Some of the most notable ones include achieving increased bandwidth and transmitting speeds. Below, we'll delve a bit deeper into some additional benefits associated with fiberoptic cable installation and best practices that our High Point, NC crew follows when handling residential or commercial fiberoptic cabling installation projects.
What Is Fiberoptic Cabling?
Fiber cable is the newest version of data network cabling, which an increasing number of consumers are using to transmit an internet signal. Fiber cabling is quickly replacing the low-voltage copper wire.
Copper wiring functions by pulsing electricity throughout the length of the strand of wire and converting it into a binary signal that the receiving computer would process to successfully transmit the connection. In contrast, the nuanced fiberoptic cabling transmits data as light pulses through glass fiber which the computer processes to establish an internet connection.
Why Are Piedmont Triad Consumers Increasingly Switching to Fiberoptic Cabling?
The reasons why High Point, NC homeowners and businesses and others from around The Piedmont Triad are increasingly reaching out to a fiberoptic cable installer like Triad Network Systems for their help are endless. Some of the more notable reasons they're changing from copper to fiber optic technology include:
Gaining Access to the High-Speed Fiber Optic Network
Consumers are increasingly replacing their outdated copper data wiring with fiber optic lines to benefit from the high-speed internet options offered in their area. Light pulses are necessary to transmit the fiber connection and can only pass through glass filaments associated with fiberoptic wires, not copper ones.
Different types of fiber patch cords have varying numbers of strands. The type utilized affects the speed at which fiber optic light signals are transmitted. For example, a single-mode fiber can only transmit one light pulsation compared to a multimode fiber capable of the propagation of multiple ones simultaneously.
In terms of speed, research shows that internet speeds with fiber optic internet speeds are nearly 80 times quicker than a digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband connection and as much as 20 times quicker than other internet connection cable types.
Scalable Bandwidth That Comes With Fiber Optic Service
Bandwidth also matters. Fiber optic cabling can generally accommodate a bandwidth of one gigabit per second (1 Gbit/s). Fiber optic cables also offer parallel download and upload speeds of as much as 10 Gbit/s. In contrast, the copper cabling most consumers that our Triad Network Systems team performs fiberoptic cable installations for experience bandwidth limitations and slower download and upload speeds.
Increased Distance, Reliability and Applicability Associated With Fiber Optic Transmission
Copper wires, like ethernet cables, can generally only be run at most 295 feet. While a robust conductor can expand its reach, utilizing it can impact the quality of the connection. This is often why consumers who attempt to use copper cables across a longer distance experience electromagnetic interference or signal degradation concerns, affecting the connection's reliability.
In contrast, fiberoptic cabling remains stable across long distances. The general guideline is that fiber optic wires can run for as far as 62.14 miles. Optical fiber cable is also durable in that despite it being lightweight, it's:
- Quite resistant to attack, such as radiofrequency jamming or tapping
- An indoor-outdoor cable and thus often used underwater due to magnetic or electrical interference not impacting it
Optic fiber types of connectors and cables are unique in that they can be buried, which provides additional protection from the elements, such as wind. Fiber optic system installers generally put this network cable at around a 3-foot depth when burying it.
What You Can Expect in Having Triad Network Systems Handle Your Fiber Optic Cable Conversion
Fiber network internet service providers are popping up all over High Point, Greensboro, and the rest of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. If you're looking to surf the web and transmit at the speed-of-light, having the right fiber optic products installed and ready to go is key. Our team of skilled professionals at Triad Network Systems is the premier network cabling company in our area and can help with your foray into the fiber optic communications sector.
Beat the rush that inevitably occurs when optical fiber optic communication systems become available in an area and everyone is looking to come on board with the latest and greatest technology. Call or write us to learn more about our fiber optic cabling services, including fiberoptic cable installation, today.
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