Frequently Asked Questions
What is Plastic Optical Fiber?
Plastic Optical Fiber is a type of fiber composed of a polymethylmethacrylate core and a fluoride coating. Its use in automobiles and aeronautics is already very widespread and now it is also being used more and more in homes.
Does Plastic Optical Fiber replace current fiber (FTTH)?
No. Plastic Fiber Optic and FTTH have advantages and disadvantages with each other. FTTH has no length limitation in terms of guaranteeing a data transmission bandwidth (1Gbps) while POF does so up to 50 meters (it can be solved by using Daisy Chain type media converters). On the contrary, FTTH does not have easy installation, requires welding and optimal spatial conditions for its location, while POF is flexible enough to be installed in any place and shape, it does not require works and you can do it yourself.
Where is the Plastic Optical Fiber installed?
In an entire building or in a single room. Through the conduit of existing electricity, through any other conduit or externally. Where you want! Wherever you need it!
What are the advantages of plastic fiber?
POF technology sends and receives data without loss or interference, it is small in size, halogen-free, cheap and easy to install, and does not carry electrical risk.
How is it installed? Can I install it myself?
If you are an installation professional and want to learn about installation, please contact us here. If you are a private individual and want to install it yourself at home, there is an easy-to-use Self-Installation Kit here.
How much does a Plastic Fiber Optic installation cost?
A basic point-to-point installation can be done from € 250 - € 300 depending on the length of cable required and the time taken by the installer.
Is Plastic Optical Fiber better than Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi, by itself, is attenuated in range depending on the distance and obstacles between the point of emission and reception of its signal, which is not the case with POF. However, a POF installation can be perfectly complemented by a Wi-Fi transmitter at the reception point.
Can Plastic Optical Fiber be used with Wi-Fi?
Yes, of course. Wi-Fi represents a very good complement to the POF reception point for wireless connections via Smartphone, Tablet, etc.
Is this connection wireless or wired?
It is an easy to install wired connection.
Does the plastic of the fiber deteriorate quickly or what is its expiration time?
It is equivalent to any existing infrastructure wiring in any house such as electrical wiring, TV or copper cables. Its useful life is very long.
Does this system also improve the amount of data that reaches my home?
This system will ensure that you do not lose any mega that you pay, but it will not give you more data speed than you have contracted.
Why install more cables if the future is Wireless?
The Wireless format has the advantage of not requiring a "cable" to make a connection and thus considerably increase the physical mobility of both the device and the user. On the contrary, dependence on distance together with physical obstacles and the emission of signals that can interfere with each other make necessary an alternative that guarantees an interference-proof high-fidelity internet connection.
Thus, the future is a balance between both concepts.