Perhaps because of their slick glass construction, or their impressive ability to send data at lightning-fast speeds, there are a lot of misconceptions about the durability of fiber optic cables. It can be challenging to believe that these seemingly delicate cables can really do everything they do. However, fiber optic cables are much more durable and safer than you might think. If you have let the following fiber optic misconceptions dissuade you from installing a new fiber-optic network, here are a few ways these fiber optic cable misconceptions have been all been proven wrong this year!
Fiber Optic Cables Are Very Fragile
Naturally, prominent fiber optic cable misconceptions refer to their construction. How can glass strands possibly be so strong? When combined with cable coating, these strands of glass are quite well-protected and very durable. Fiber cables have a much higher pull tension compared to other cables and hold up very well to all environmental conditions. Newer models are even capable of bending easily without causing damage.
Fiber Optic Cables Can Be Dangerous
While some people might fear that the glass strands pose a risk, fiber optics are actually safer than copper cabling because they don’t conduct electricity. Installers have to take the usual precautions while installing the cable network, but once fiber cables are installed, then the risks are minimal. Fiber optic cables transmit data through light instead of electricity, which means these cables are not susceptible to any risky electromagnetic interference.
Fiber Optic Cables Are Pricey
Fiber optic cables might have been notably more pricey than copper cables, but over time as manufacturing processes have become a bit more streamlined, which has lowered the price. Additionally, fiber optic cables require less power and equipment than the usual copper cables. They are also a bit more “future proof” and can handle upgrades for years to come without any extensive reinstallations or updates. Ultimately, fiber optic cables are becoming commonplace. As network users realize the benefits that fiber optic cables provide and the minimal risks that are associated with them, there will be fewer and fewer misconceptions about the beneficial cables.
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