Though it’s been around for longer than most people think, fiber optic cable networks represent a big upgrade over traditional copper wiring. They can be tricky to deal with, however, so whenever a major project calls for it, a professional should be on the job to sidestep any potential issues.
These cords are made of three parts: the core, the cladding and the protective coating. The cores are made up of extremely thin pieces of glass. These small tubes are the vehicle that house the light signals. The cladding surrounds the core and is reflective, so it can reflect light down the wires. The protective coating encapsulates it all, and defends against trauma and moisture.
A fiber optic cable works by bouncing a light signal down the wire in a pattern that the receiver on the other end of the network can understand. It works on the same principle as Morse code, just with light instead of sound. Going with this kind of wiring affords several advantages. They are less expensive than their copper counterparts, and can handle more data at once. They are also lighter, and produce better sound and video quality, as light signals do not interfere with each other. Finally, they handle digital signals very well, and are thus adept at dealing with computer to computer communication.
Installing this type of network can be rather difficult as the glass cores are very fragile and can be ruined if someone is careless with them. Because of this, it is usually recommended that a professional set the whole system up.