I am often asked are there different types of optical glass in fiber cables or are all fiber cables made with the same glass? The simple answer to this question is
NO not all glass in fiber-optic cables are the same. The three main differences relate to:
Type - Single or Multimode
Laser Optimized or Not
Laser optimized fiber cables are typically have an Aqua Jacket with a core size of 50/125 and referred to as
an EIA/TIA Standard). In August 2005 the TIA adopted a new, higher performance standard the
OM4 laser-optimized standard.
What do all of these fiber types mean to you and why should you care? The answer comes down to transmission speed and distance. The chart below illustrates two different transmission standards Fiber Channel and Ethernet as well as different transmission rates. Each fiber type is represented by a color and demonstrates the distance supported by the standards.
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