Single-mode fibre optic cabling uses laser lights to transmit data while multi-mode fibre optic cabling uses light emitting diodes or LEDs. This makes multi-mode cables significantly thicker than single-mode, so they are typically used over shorter distances. Plastic optical fibre (POF) is a newer, plastic based cable as opposed to glass, designed to deliver the same performance but without the expensive overheads.
Within single mode fibre optic cabling there are 2 basic distinctions: OS1 and OS2. OS1 fibre optic cabling is a tight buffered construction which is best suited to indoor applications such as data centres. OS2 cabling on the other hand is a loose tube design better suited to outdoor installations such as street and underground installations.
When it comes to multimode cabling, we specialise in OM3 and OM4. OM3 is capable of running 10 Gigabit ethernet at lengths of up to 300 metres, or it can support up to 100 Gigabit ethernet over shorter distances. OM4 is a further improvement on OM3 and supports 10 Gigabit ethernet over lengths up to 550 meters or it can deliver 100 Gigabit ethernet at lengths up to 150 metres.
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