Select the Right Fiber-Optic Internet for Your Business in Canada

When you understand how different fiber types function, you will be able to make a smart choice of fiber optic systems for your business. The two primary kinds of fibers are multi-mode and single-mode. While the first is designed to transmit over short distances and works in a LAN set-up, the other is designed for long distances and is perfect for telephony and broadcast systems.

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Getting Into Fiber Optics

In case of a multi-mode fiber, several light rays are transmitted simultaneously through the core. The core here has a larger diameter facilitating more light to pass through at odd angles, increasing the number of modes accepted. This makes coupling of multi-mode fibers easier when compared to single-mode ones. These multi-mode fibers may be further categorized into step-index and graded-index fiber.

With single-mode fibers, you may send information over longer distances without worrying about the quality of the light impulse deteriorating along the way. They also have the capacity to transmit more information for each unit of time measured. Single-mode fibers of today have technologically advanced designs like the matched clad or the depressed clad as well as some exotic structures.

Making a Choice

Choosing the right wired for your particular kind of business is a matter of understanding which system works better for you. A multi-mode system is relatively cheaper since the core is larger and the alignment needed is not intense. You can transmit over high bandwidths with excellent speed, but will be limited in terms of the distance covered. Generally, multi-mode cables are made of fibers of 50 to 100 micron in diameter. Today, they are also available in an option called Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), which gives you the same performance as glass, but at a cheaper rate.

With single-mode cables, you get higher transmission speeds, with lowered distortion over vast distances. In fact, information can be transmitted in terabits over a few seconds without the need for signal re-amplification. They are also considerably more stable than multi-mode systems that sometimes make use of couplers to branch out.

Making the right choice between the two will depend on your current and future bandwidth requirements. If all you need are short fiber links without the chance of exceeding the multi-mode capacity at any time, then multi-mode would be the way to go. Else, single-mode will help your business achieve its full potential.

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