A Look Inside Copper Clad Aluminum CAT6 Networking Cables

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As the price of copper increases, some cable manufacturing companies have come up with cheap and deceiving ways to make their networking cables. One process they’ve decided to go with was to replace the copper with Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA). Then, they market the cables as a lower-priced alternative to other performance categories such as; CAT6, CAT6A, and CAT5e. Others …

Singlemode Fiber and Multimode Fiber Optic Cable Differences

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When designing a fiber optic network, the first decision installers need to make is whether to use a singlemode fiber or multimode fiber. This article makes that choice easier by explaining the differences between the two, and when installers should pick one over the other. Comparing Singlemode Fiber vs. Multimode Fiber Let’s compare a singlemode fiber and multimode fiber to …

Laser Light Versus LED Light Power Sources

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The optical light source is a fundamental part of fiber optic systems. A fiber optic system includes an optical fiber connected to a transmitter and a receiver. The fiber optic light source is produced by the transmitter’s drive circuit synchronizing with the signals that are transmitted. The light source also allows the fiber optic network to be tested. Loss in …

What are the Differences Between MPO and MTP Cables?

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With the number of network connections needed to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) growing in data centers, a modern solution is needed to keep patching fields from becoming too congested. Introducing ultra-high-density cabling to data centers is a vast improvement over traditional fiber cabling. Using MPO and MTP® connectors and cables will help integrate fiber into a single interface and …

What are the Differences Between Fiber Optic Speed and Distance?

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With the demand for greener data centers that can support higher bandwidth at long distances steadily growing, fiber patch cables are being used for installations more frequently. In order to establish which fiber optic cable is most appropriate for the job, two primary layers must be understood first: the core and cladding. The Core At the core of an optic …