Fiber Optic Cabling has been around for decades. It is the backbone of our modern connected world. There isn't a phone call we make that doesn't involve a conversion from audio to electrical to light and back again. However, the general sentiment in most technology markets outside of DataComm and Telecommunications is that fiber is some mythical, difficult medium that should be avoided.
The truth is, fiber is easier to work with than most think. In fact, it is easier than ever before thanks to Cleerline SSF technology. This is obviously imperative for organizations like TechLogix who manufacture fiber optic extenders and distribution equipment. Black boxes are no good without readily accepted and deployable cabling.
Cleerline has done an excellent job busting common myths about fiber optics and explaining why adopting fiber for use today allows for easier transitions to new technology tomorrow. It simply doesn't have to be scary.
It is a paradigm shift in thought about connectivity. With Category or UTP infrastructure, cable is constantly being reinvented to accommodate the need for more bandwidth. Over the last decade, we have gone through coax, to Cat5e, to Cat6, to Cat6a, to Cat7, and we will see Cat8 soon. In contrast, fiber optic cable has remained relatively constant in terms of its available bandwidth. It has been the hardware on each end that has been enhanced to utilize more of the cable’s native bandwidth potential. What is easier to replace in just a few years, the cable in the walls or the boxes it is connected to?
Has fiber improved? Yes!
Mechanically, Cleerline Technology Group has made a Stronger, Safer, and Faster-to-terminate fiber optic cable that helps bust all of the fiber optic adoption’s mythical hurdles.
Myth 1: Fiber is difficult to terminate - BUSTED
A better way of saying this is: "Fiber was difficult to terminate." Previously, working with fiber included a lot to worry about: it was fragile; the amount of glass exposed during the process had to be limited; shards of glass were dangerous. Terminating fiber was also a skill that took hours if not days of training and practice to master. Cleerline SSF has removed every one of these challenges. It is now true that terminating fiber with SSF is easier than any Category or coax solution available today. We’ve even trained Installers over the phone to terminate our fiber to Fiber Optic Association standards. It’s just that easy.
Myth 2: Fiber is fragile (pull & bend) - BUSTED
Fiber is stronger and more durable than can possibly be imagined: 225lbs/102kg short-term load-on pull compared to Category's 25lbs/11.3kg. On bend, the minimum bend radius for fiber can be 8mm during pulling vs. 60+mm for Category. Fiber is much more forgiving with SSF than Coax or Category cables.
Myth 3: Fiber termination tools are expensive - BUSTED
There are economical solutions available. Tools are needed to terminate fiber, and just as with terminating Category, correct, high-quality tools cost money. With fiber termination today, a onetime investment of $500 to $1,000 will pay for itself for years to come.
Myth 4: Fiber infrastructures are totally different than copper -BUSTED
The various parts and pieces are pretty similar. Wall plates, in-wall components, wall boxes, patch cables, etc. are all available… Fiber connectivity is a very well developed marketplace, and there are lots of solutions available. The topography or layout is very similar to Category UTP infrastructures.
Myth 5: Fiber is not really needed - DEPENDS
Can fiber be engineered around today? Yes, it’s possible. Is it advisable? No! The reality is that in order to transmit 4k2k 60hz 4.4.4., a system will require an 18Gps link. Will there be solutions to accommodate that in the near future over copper? Yes, but they will initially be two Cat6 or 6a cables with distance limitations. Quickly approaching on the horizon is a 40Gps link, and at that level every system will require Cat7 (not a TIA specification) or Cat8, the next TIA certified cable solution. Using fiber today will prevent hundreds of Category upgrades tomorrow.
Myth 6: All equipment that utilizes fiber is expensive - DEPENDS
Are fiber hardware components more expensive than copper equivalents? For the most part, yes they are, but the greater initial outlay can save huge amounts of time in the long-run. We have found equipment solutions in the market that range only 10-20% more in cost. That 10-20% can easily be made up by eliminating the replacement of cable in the walls within the next 5 years to accommodate increasing bandwidth requirements.
About Cleerline Fiber. Cleerline Technology Group as a company has redefined how optical cable can be installed and terminated. Cleerline glass fibers incorporate a patented polymeric coating that is an integral part of the optical glass fiber. Cleerline fiber optic cables meet—and in most all cases exceed—all requirements for both Multimode and Singlemode fiber optic cabling industry standards. SSFTM is Stronger, Safer, Faster. Cleerline fibers are stronger with over 10,000x the bend capability and up to 400x the pull force over standard fiber. Cleerline is safer to work with as it will not penetrate skin or soft tissues, and it is quicker, allowing for terminations that are up to 50% faster compared to other standard glass fibers. Cleerline fiber is compatible with all common connector systems for standard 50/125 Multimode and 9/125 Singlemode fibers. Cleerline fiber is available in today's most common cabling configurations for optical cables and also in a wide variety of optical patch cords that provide superior fiber connections and greater reliability in all applications.