If you’re new to what fiber optics can do, this is a good place to start. Find out how this revolutionary way to transmit data works, how you use it today, and how our future will be changed because of it.
Fiber optics is a system of extremely thick glass strands that can transmit light through long distances. The cable itself could have as few as two or three strands, but as many as several hundred all packed in together. To give you an understanding of the power of one of these strands, each one is able to carry over 25,000 calls at a time.
Light Down the Line
The light isn’t so much transmitting but actually bouncing down the length of the cable. When you think about traditional cables, it’s a copper wire that has a bunch of electrons in it. The electrons all bump into each other, which is how electricity is passed down the line.
In a fiber optics cable, the light pulses are beams of light that bounce down the length of the glass tube, much in the way light would bounce off a mirror. The cable is a sheath of cladding that keeps the light inside and bouncing down the line. An effective fiber optics network can send an undamaged piece of data anywhere between 60-150 miles without any disruption to the signal.
Greater Capacity for Data
Yes, the fiber optics is fast, but data isn’t measured in speed as it is in throughput. Another way to think about it is the capacity of the cabling. Fiber optics uses light which has a much higher frequency wave than electricity does. Those higher frequency waves make transmitting large packets of data easier and more secure along long lengths of distance. Think of how crackly a telephone line can be if you’re out far away from the city. That’s because the lower frequency waves of electricity get distorted over distances like that.
We use a fiber optics network every day, including to read these words. Your office might even have fiber optics to network together. The internet transmits data through fiber optics to keep it safe and without interference. In the future, we’ll see the prices of these cables drop and the infrastructure changed so that every network uses fiber optics across entire cities and countries.
To learn more, or to get a certified contractor to install your own fiber optics network, contact us at Las Vegas Fiber Optic. We’re the largest fiber optic contractors in the Las Vegas area, and we’re the preferred contractor for your network needs. Contact us today.
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