What are the best practices while purchasing fiber optic cables?

When buying fiber optic cables for your devices or network, there are certain factors you must consider:

  • Consider the geographical distance; single mode cables are suitable for long distances as they are less susceptible to signal losses, while multimode cables are typically used for shorter distances of 3km or less.
  • Check the exact type of cable and the speed it offers compared to the distance you are working with.
  • Consider the area where you need to install and connect them. Some organizations have underground cabling facilities for outdoor applications. For indoor applications, design a network based on LAN that skips the existing hurdles in the area.
  • The service provider you partner with is just as important. A good provider would keep enough scope in the design for future expansions and upgrades.