Did you know that the Fiber Optic Association has a full section of its website that is dedicated to a layman’s description of fiber optic system design and installation? The Association lists common questions that many people have about fiber optic installations, and it also helps users to find out about important topics concerning fiber optics. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that are addressed in this section of the Fiber Optic Association website.
Getting Started With Your Fiber Optics
MIDI building owners may not understand whether a fiber optics system is actually the best solution for their building. The first question that the FOA answers is if fiber optics should even be used as the communications system in a building. They tackle the issue of fiber optics being a relatively new technology, and they also list some of the advantages and disadvantages of fiber optics against other common network designs.
Building owners will be able to assess the maintenance that a fiber optics network will require after installation. This information can help a building owner to make a more informed decision about budgets and system performance. It also debunks some myths about fiber optics that may impede a proper decision.
The Myth of Fiber Optics Being New
Fiber optics have recently become very popular; however, this does not mean fiber optics is a new technology. Chicago was the first city to install a fiber optic link in 1976. Long-distance links for commercial purposes were in use by 1980. Today, 90% of all long-distance calls are taking place over fiber optic networks.
The majority of large city CATV systems have already converted over to a backbone that is fully fiber optic. These backbones now have the ability to transmit video, voice and data more easily than ever before. The land backbone is also a majority fiber backbone at this point. Storage area networks, also known as SANs, are quickly following suit. The real reason that most people believe that fiber optics is a new technology is that the commercial desktop computer is the last major technology to use fiber optics instead of copper for the majority of its internal components.
The Reason to Go Fiber
If you choose a fiber optic cable installation, you will actually be following the example of the most powerful governments and military structures in the world. Fiber optic cable gives you more security than any other infrastructure material. It is widely used for many critical systems including perimeter alarms and security cameras. These systems function much more readily under a fiber optic infrastructure.
If you are dealing with high-bandwidth communications that must remain secure over long distances, fiber optics is definitely the way to go. Copper is simply too expensive when compared to fiber optics, and copper is less reliable and easier to splice into.
Take a look at the layman’s guide for yourself when you have a chance. Do it before you make a decision about whether to include fiber optics in your infrastructure. We are sure that your perspective will change, and then you can call us with the rest of your questions before installation!