Fiber Optic Resources

Fiber Optics: Singlemode vs. Multimode

It is becoming apparent that almost everything is being replaced with fiber optics as an appropriate means of communication signal transmission. Fiber optics simply use light pulses to transmit information down lines of fiber. A transmitter, which is at one end of the system, is the place of origin for information coming onto the optical fiber lines. After the transmitter accepts coded electronic pulse information from copper wire, it translates the information into equivalently coded light pulses.

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RoHS Compliant Fiber Optic Products

Because of its abundance, low cost and physical properties, lead and lead components have been used in a variety of products throughout the world. Nonetheless, lead is a highly toxic metal found in the earth’s crust and is known to have many health risks. Other harmful chemicals include Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Phenyls and Polybrominated Di. One thing that these chemicals have in common is that they are all included in some fiber optic products, such as fiber optic cables, fiber optic patch cords, fiber optic connectors and fiber optic patch panels.

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Advantage of Fiber Optic Cable Over Copper Wire

When dealing with data transmission you have two basic options: fiber or copper. The final choice depends on a wide variety of variables but ultimately fiber optic cable will be the data transmission of choice for your new network as well as the replacement of old configurations. Fiber optic cable is becoming one of the fastest growing transmission mediums for a variety of applications. Some of the more favorable applications include high band width, long distances and complete immunity to electrical interference.

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Fiber Optic Components: Connectors

A fiber optic connector terminates the end of an optical fiber and enables quicker connection and disconnection than splicing. The fibers are mechanically coupled and aligned so that light can pass. There have been many different connectors introduced through the development of fiber optic components in the past several years. Many companies and individuals have been trying to improve the features of certain connectors in order to gain control of the fiber optic industry but only few have been successful. As technology increases, many fiber optic components have become more affordable.

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Fiber Optic Components: Patch Panels

When it comes to fiber optic communication networks, a patch panel is used for fiber management. The main function of the panel is to transmit signals from one cable to another without interruption or the loss of signals and/or data. These panels also have the ability to interchange the individual cables to create the correct circuit on the front and have compound connectors on the back that do not differentiate which signal is coming from any given individual port. Special software has been developed to help facilitate the data transfers taking place.

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