We are often asked the difference between fibre optic and copper based cabling and how to make the choice.

The most important thing to remember when deciding which cable to use when increasing your network or linking hardware together, is Cat5e, Cat6 and indeed Cat6a cable is limited to 90m-100m for full performance. This is because the signal that is sent through a copper based ethernet cable will simply fade away.

Because fibre optic cable uses light to transfer information, it allows ‘speed of light’ transfer anywhere up to 45 miles with minimal loss! this is obviously dependant on the type of fibre and the hardware capabilities.

If you are looking to have data sockets installed that are between 80-90m away from your nearest communications cabinet, then a fibre optic cable is the choice for you.

If you would like more information regarding fibre optic cabling and terminations, please call sales on 0800 009 6776.