Optic cables (fibre optic) cables

Fibre optic cables are optic cables for low-interference and low-attenuation signal and data transmission across medium to long distances.

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Things to know about fibre optic cables

What is a fibre optic cable?

Fibre optic cables, or optic cables for short, consist of light conductor fibres able to transmit optical signals as light and/or light signals. If the optic cable is made from glass, it is called glass fibre and/or fibre optic cable.
Which type of fibre optic cable is used, for example fibre optic single-mode or multi-mode cables, depends on the individual area of application. Primarily, fibre optic cables are used as patch cables for transmitting data. Optic cable technology enables data and signal transmission across medium to long distances—it can reliably achieve ranges of several hundred kilometres. The transmission rates of fibre optic cables are in the gigabit—and sometimes even the terabit—range.

Where do fibre optic cables excel?

Compared to standard cables, fibre optic cables excel in a particularly high bandwidth and are interception-proof. Thanks to the density and composition of the material used, connections with fibre optic lines are considerably lighter. Fibre optic cables are also less prone to interference from electric or electro-magnetic fields.
Thanks to their small diameter, fibre optic cables are more sensitive than common copper cables, but also very flexible. Depending on the cable jacket’s composition, its sensitivity is compensated, in particular with fibre optic cables for outdoor use and universal applications.

What speaks for buying optic cables?

Using fibre optic cables as data cables brings a host of benefits with it:
• flexibility
• fast data transmission across long distances
• low susceptibility to interference
• low signal attenuation
• interception-proof
• small wire diameter
• lightweight
• no line resistance
• long useful life

Installing and connecting fibre optic cables

Depending on the fibre optic cable type, the cables can be used indoors and outdoors. Some fibre optic cables available in Faber’s online shop are ideally suitable because of their compact design for installation in ductwork, while other fibre optic cables can be directly installed underground.
Their low susceptibility to interference enables easy installation of optic cables also with other cable types as neither electric nor electro-magnetic fields impact the fibre optic cable’s performance. Fibre optic installation cables are flexible to use, including in older installations.
For more detailed information about fibre optic cable design and available fibres (multi-mode fibres or mono-mode fibres) as well as for fibre optic cable installation, please see the data sheets and installation instructions for the individual cables and lines.
Connecting multiple fibre optic cables is done by splicing or by using connectors. Splicing means that two fibre optic cables are coupled without using connectors. The connector version employs so-called pigtails, an optic cable assembled with a connector.

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