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Myths About Fiber Optic Cables Debunked

Myths About Fiber Optic Cables Debunked

Fiber optic cables have become very popular in recent years, and there's been a considerable push to get them into people's homes. There has also been a lot of confusion as to what fiber optic cables are and whether switching to them is really a good idea. That's why we're going to look at some of the more common myths about fiber optic cables and explain the truth behind them.

What Are Fiber Optic Cables?

Fiber optic cables are network cables that consist of glass fibers in insulated jackets. They are capable of transmitting information at incredibly high speeds across long distances. Many fiber optic providers offer speeds of up to 1GB, but many cables are capable of speeds even faster than that.

Myth #1: Fiber Optic Cables are a Luxury

Even though fiber optic cables tend to be more expensive than other network cables, they are capable of transmitting data at such high speeds that switching to them is often worth the extra price. Fiber optic cables have become more affordable in recent years, and soon they could become the standard when it comes to network cables.

Myth #2: Fiber Optic Cables Aren't Very Durable

Since fiber optic cables are made up of several glass fibers, it's easy to assume that they aren't very durable. However, you'll be happy to know that the glass fibers are treated to withstand extreme levels of stress. Since they transmit data by harnessing light pulses generated by lasers, they work even when they are wet, something that cannot be said about traditional electric cables.

Myth #3: Fiber Optic Cables Are Only Available in a Handful of Places

While it is true that fiber optic cables aren't as common as other network cables, it is estimated that over 60 million households are capable of fiber optic connectivity. These numbers are rising all the time, and even some rural areas can become part of a fiber-optic network if they aren't already.

Myth #4: Fiber Optic Cables Don't Last Very Long

Fiber optic cables were invented in the 1970s and were widely used by the late 1980s. Many of these cables are still in use today. We aren't entirely sure how long they will last, but they clearly have a long lifespan and can be used reliably for decades.

Myth #5: Maintaining Fiber Optic Cables is Difficult​

Fiber optic networks use graphical user interfaces when it comes to maintenance. This makes it incredibly easy to find issues with the cables with little to no human intervention.

Fiber optic cables may not be as common as your standard copper network cables, but they are just as reliable, not to mention much faster. If you're interested in having fiber optic cables installed in your home, contact JCOMM today. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you decide if fiber optic cables will be right for your home.

By JCOMM 4-8-2022