Fiber Optic Internet In My Area | High Speed Cable Internet

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Fiber internet is one of the smartest options to go with these days if you are considering installing or upgrading your internet.  Everyone has heard of fiber or at least about how the government plans to expand its availability across the country.  Many experts see the service provided by fiber optic internet providers as the next step in the evolution of digital communication and the following is a look at why that is probably not too far off the mark. F I B E R I N T E R N E T

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Fiber internet is basically internet that gets delivered to you via fiber optic lines.  This kind of access is unique because unlike cable and DSL which send information as electric signals through copper lines fiber optic lines make use of tiny glass or plastic strands that carry data in the form of light.  The system employed by fiber optic internet providers uses binary transmissions and delivers immense speed and reliability to users.

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WHY IS FIBER SO FAST The speed of internet is highly dependent on the amount of data your infrastructure is capable of handling.  DSL and cable use traditional copper wires which were initially meant for only voice communication and that limits how much data they can carry within a certain time.  Satellite internet too falls short in this regard mostly because of tremendous distances that the signals have to traverse to get from one end to the other.  In fact satellite internet gets you much the same speeds as cable and DSL but brings the problem of high latency which in this day and age is hard to work past.

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WHY IS FIBER SO FAST Fiber optic lines on the other hand send modulated light in place of electricity and that raises their bandwidth capacity.  Typical connections from fiber optic internet providers deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second – a hundred times as fast as data coming in through old copper wires.  Gamers and avid streamers get the best out of connections from fiber optic internet providers because they need something that can transfer tremendous amounts of data quickly and reliably.

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Fibers individually surrounded by multiple layers of strengthening material that protects them and keeps the light signals from leaking out.  A typical cable laid by one of the fiber optic internet providers packs several individual fibers of this sort which enables transmission of high volumes of data using a single connection. F I B E R O P T I C C A B L E S : A N A T O M Y

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Single-mode optical fiber contains a smaller core and relays laser diode transmissions for very long distances.  Multimode fiber relays LED light with the help of a bigger core by making the light “bounce” until it reaches its destination a shorter distance away.  The latter type of fiber is considerably cheaper which is why it is commonly used inside city networks. S I N G L E - M O D E V S . M U L T I M O D E F I B E R

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Ribbon fiber optic cable packs fibers in a close formation and is a lot cheaper than its main alternative loose tube fiber optic cable.  The latter gives more emphasis to protecting the fibers and achieves this through the use of greater padding to ensure external damage is kept to a minimum.  The number of fibers a cable contains can be two several hundred or anywhere in between. R I B B O N V S . L O O S E T U B E C O N S T R U C T I O N

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A lot of the times all the fibers inside a cable happen to be of the same type. In these cases the outer layers are accordingly color-coded.  On top of that fiber optic internet providers also mark individual fiber bundles inside the cable to ensure ease of installation when cables need to be spliced together. C O L O R C O D I N G

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Since it is usual for connections to go two ways cables are mostly sold in one of two packaging styles: duplex and simplex.  Duplex cables carry two separate fiber cables joined by a mutual outer coating and have two exits on each end.  Each cable only relays data in one direction making duplex cables highly suited to high- traffic connections such as at fiber switches servers and backbone ports. S I M P L E X V S . D U P L E X

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It is not uncommon for cables to be installed with surplus unused fibers.  These are called “dark fibers” and can be used in the event that more capacity is required in the future.  As a result fiber optic networks are highly scalable especially in relation to coaxial cable and DSL.  A network set up by one of the fiber optic internet providers has the potential to easily grow as and when the need arises. D A R K F I B E R

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