Uses of Fiber Optics


    Cities and towns throughout the world are using fiber optic cables to connect to each other to send information over greater distances at faster speeds.  A fiber optic cable (as shown in picture below) can carry 150 times as much information as a copper cable, which is much larger and heavier than fiber optic cabling.  Fiber lines help to improve the quality of existing technologies and they also make it possible to utilize new emerging technologies.  In the beginning, fiber optics helped make telephone calls quicker and easier, but the technology has expanded to radio and television stations, major corporations, and many other businesses.  Many types of information can be sent via a fiber optic cable.  The include video, audio, written material, and computer data.  The rule for information flow over fiber lines is that it must have the ability to be converted into light pulses. 





Practical Applications for Fiber Optic Technology

    Fiber optic media is a cost effective way to overcome distance limitations of copper media.  It enables a higher data rate and increased capacity for local area network data transmissions.  Although fiber optic media is more costly per unit than copper media, the advantages of data rate, capacity, and nearly unlimited distance make it a obvious choice for most all local and wide area network applications.  Below are pictures taken from Tredegar Film Products networking infrastructure.

The top is a fiber optic patch panel.  The bottom is the fiber optic to copper media converter stack linking the fiber optic segment to the copper wiring infrastructure. (Media converter contains the green patch cables)


Fiber optic patch panel that is the central termination point joining the fiber optic media to the existing copper wiring infrastructure.