Fiber-optic cables are hollow cables that send data by pulses of light. Fiber optics allows for a much faster data transmission because of the capability of transmitting data at the speed of light. Most home computer users will never get the opportunity to work with fiber-optic cables because almost all home networks use other cables or wireless connections to connect their computers together. Fiber-optic cables are most often used in corporate networks or world-wide networks such as Internet backbones because of the capabilities of the cable. In the picture to the right, is an example of fiber-optic cabling.
Caution: When handling and using fiber-optic cables or fiber-optic networking equipment, keep the below suggestions in mind.
- Keep the fiber connections and connectors capped when not in use to help prevent dust, dirt, or other substances from being on the connection of connector.
- Always keep the fiber connections and connectors clean.
- Do not allow the fiber cabling to bend more than the diameter of your fist. Bending the cable further could cause physical damage to the cable.
- Do not touch the tip of the actual fiber cabling, this could cut you.
- Never look down the fiber cabling when in use as light pulses are being used. To determine if the pulse is being sent, use a meter.