Plastic Fiber Optics: Pros and Cons

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Is Plastic Fiber Optics expensive?

If we pay the operator for fiber to our house but then we don't take advantage of it 100%... aren't we throwing money?

Think that if you hire 600 megas per second you will have them to the router, but from the router to the other rooms of your house there the company does not assure you anything. And we already know that with wifi and repeaters the losses are more than assured.

Hopefully, you can achieve 50% (if you don't get too far away). Even if you don't have fiber in your home and adsL comes to you. Don't you want to make the most of how little it gets to you? The reliable alternative is clearly cable.

So, many of you tell us that with cat 6 or 7 cables you can achieve a similar result for a lower cost and that therefore the Plastic Optical Fiber is expensive.

cables de ethernet son gruesos y no se deben pasar por los conductos.

Why not pass ethernet cable if it is cheaper?

Well, first tell you that when someone considers wiring on many occasions it is because they have already tried the alternatives with Wifi and PLC repeaters and none have been effective.

But really, when we're comparing wired connections, we're comparing very different things that offer solutions to different cases and in different ways. Only Plastic Optic Fiber is a reliable 100% plug and play solution.

Installing ethernet cables is not something anyone can do. First and for all: If we want a well-finished installation we will need to use the empty corrugated tubes.

If you are an installer you already know that copper cables always present difficulties when it comes to installing them.

To get started they require specific tools such as the crimp and for the installation to be approved you have to pass the cables through the free ducts that we have.

And, by the way, the fastest Ethernet cables are also the thickest and hardest to handle, and they can't share a conduit with electrical cables. This is important for several things: For safety and by approval of the facilities.

If something happened in the house and your facility doesn't comply with the regulations, no insurance would want to compensate anything. No professional who cares is installing ethernet cables through the electrical ducts because of the risk that entails.

So what if you don't have a free conduit to move to the ethernet cable? Well, it's your turn to "pull cable on the outside" something that if you don't care about aesthetics, because it can work but the finish will leave a lot to be desired.

So if we want to carry 100% of our connection, without having to resort to works, without skipping regulations and without risking interference the only guarantee today is plastic fiber optics.

Let's recap, if you want to take advantage of 100% of the connection in other parts of the house you have no choice but to consider cableing and if you also want to do it in an approved way, really reliable and without works in most cases Fiber Optica is your solution.

Fibra optica de vidrio por dentro

What are the differences with normal fiber optics?

The main difference that distinguishes it from traditional optical fiber, is that plastic optical fiber is made of plastic, as its name suggests.

This particularity makes it have certain properties that make it more useful, such as its flexibility makes it easier to get it, avoiding problems and interference when sharing space with other electrical cables.

The most important part of the cable is fibers; which are the elements by which information is transmitted by pulses of light representing the data. Therefore, if those fibers are broken, communication is broken.

Hence flexibility is so important. It is in difficult routes that plastic fiber optics reach their full potential, as it can execute curves and share space with electrical wiring.

Plastic fiber optics have many advantages over traditional fiber but also has some drawbacks.

Advantages of Plastic Optic Fiber vs Fiber Optic Glass

  • Iinstall almost without materials: Being so flexible as it is complicated that it is the shape of the house, the difficulties are greatly reduced, even if you are an experienced installer you will not need tools like fusion machines. In fact most Snap Data kits are self-installing, ideal for installers or DIY handymen.
  • Lower cost: As we have already mentioned the costs of both the fiber itself and the materials necessary for its installation are much lower than those of fiber optic glass.
  • No expertise required: To make fiber optic glass connections you need to use specialized machinery or have professional knowledge.

Alternativa a los repetidores wifi

Fiber optic glass disadvantages

  • Fiber fragility. As we have mentioned on other occasions. Although this aspect is improving, the installation of fiber optic glass has to be done delicately.
  • Accuracy in installation. The tiny cores of the cables must be aligned with extreme precision when splicing, to avoid excessive signal loss.
  • Difficulty repairing a broken fiber cable. As fiberglass installers know, you have to be careful because a strong bend can spoil the cable and installation.

Although plastic fiber presents what we might call an "disadvantage" versus traditional fiber, the traditional fiber speed is designed to connect large distances and amounts of information and reaches stratospheric speeds.

Currently the FOP has a top speed of 1gbps, which although that already very very fast and exceeds the needs of the vast majority. In fact today in Spain in mid-2020 almost no one has speeds exceeding 600 mbps in their home.

Well, as we always hope to have solved your doubts. Do not forget to subscribe to the channel or ask us more questions about Snap Data on this channel or on our website. Thank you and see you again.

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Dante - 2020-07-19 20:56:43


Buenas tardes, quisiera saber si hacen envíos a Perú (América del Sur), cuanto es el costo y tiempo de envío. Por favor detallar. Muchas gracias Estoy interesado en los dos Kits Básico y duplex de Snap Data.