Multi-Mode Cabling VS. Single Mode Cabling
You can find a lot of information about fiber cables but they do not always tell you about the differences between the single and multi-mode cables. Knowing the differences and their purposes can help you determine the best option for you and your home or business.
Should You Use Single or Multi-mode Cabling?
Single Mode Cables
Single mode cables are generally used for longer distances. This is because the cable features a small diametral core that only permits one mode of light through at a time. This results in lowering the number of light reflections created as it passes through the core. As a result, the attenuation is lowered and the signal can travel further. This type of cable is commonly found within larger companies or organizations.
Multi-mode cables are commonly used for shorter distances. In this cable, there is a large diametral core that permits multiple modes of light through at one time. As a result, the number of light reflections increases as it goes through the core. This creates an ability to put more data through the cable than you would be able to do with a single mode cable. However, the quality of the signal is reduced the longer it has to travel. That is why it is a good option for shorter distances. It is commonly used for smaller companies and is not strong enough for cable companies or broadband signals.
Choosing Between the Two
When you are trying to determine the best option for your home or company, you will want to determine how you will be using it and how far the data would need to travel. If you have a long distance for the data to travel, then a single mode cable would be the better option. However, if you do not need it to travel as far but you have a lot of data that needs to be transported, a multi-mode cable is the better option.
Multi-mode cabling and single mode cabling for telecommunications and data centers
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