Fiber Internet 101 

Most people know fiber optics is a cable that has data on it. 

But they don't know that the data travels in wavelengths of light. Yes, that crystal you say hanging in a window causing all the pretty ranbows is simply sorting out the light allowing you to see seperate frequencies or colors. On fiber cables higher frequencies are used that your eyes can not see.

The mertics used for measuring is the simple metric system. There is nothing known to be faster than the speed of light. In fact if one could go faster it is thought one would travel into the future. Fiber Optic Internet is fast, fast, fast ! 

Each wavelength of light (or light wave) carries a specific amount of data per second. Using the metric system one measures the colors of light by the pulse length peak to peak.  Today, 850 nm (or nano-meters) , 1310 nm , 1550 nm are all fiber optic frequency metrics commonly used to move data at a 1 Gigabit/second.  

Most fiber optic cable today is made of plastic. In the early days it was a thin strand of glass, so thin it could bend. Plastic is cheaper and has better bend characteristics. 

The length of the cable matters. The metrics used to measure it is rarely in miles. Instead, even in the USA,  the metric system is used and its commonly expressed in meters or kilometers. Just like the range on a flashlight beam the devices used to transmit need to be stronger if the fiber cable is longer. A strength of light to great for a short distance can overwhelm the receiver device - like a sound so loud you can not hear people speak. It is important to make sure that the strenght of the light emitting device is designed to transmit your cable distance. To weak and it won't reach the receiving device. To strong and it will overwhelm the receiving device.

You can add multiple wavelengths of different light waves on a single strand of fiber cable. This is how the data capacity is expanded without adding more fiber cables. 

Congratulations, You probably know more about fiber optic Internet than the person sitting next to you.

Now, to make it even easier to get the fastest Internet possible, simply call us today at the numbers below and you won't have to deal with any of these fiber metrics.

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