Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
How fiber optics is used in premises cabling
The types of fiber and cable
Terminating fiber optic cables
Testing fiber optic cables
The Role of Fiber Optics In Premises Networks
While UTP copper has dominated premises cabling, fiber optics has become increasingly popular as computer network speeds have risen to the gigabit range and above. Most large corporate or industrial networks use fiber optics for the LAN backbone cabling. Some have also adopted fiber to the desktop using a centralized fiber architecture which can be quite cost effective. Security systems use fiber extensively. Wireless antennas are routinely connected with fiber. Even fiber to the home architectures are being used in premises networks.
In this lesson, you will learn why fiber optics offers advantages in premises cabling and where it is used.
Watch the videos, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)
FOA YouTube Videos
Premises Cabling Lecture 9: Fiber Optics
For an extensive library of fiber optic videos, go to the FOA YouTube channel.
Online FOA Reference:
Fiber Optics In Premises Cabling
Fiber or Copper?
Fiber Optic Components, Termination, Testing
FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling, Chapter 5
Test Your Knowledge:
Extra Credit Reading
Fiber for Wireless
Read more on fiber optic components, design, installation and testing
See the breadth of standards for fiber optic components and systems
Read about fiber optics from the viewpoint of the network user
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