From Fiber Optics Installer and Technician Guide

Summary

This chapter outlined the design considerations for a fiber optic link, explained the performance advantages that optical fiber has over copper cable, and explained in detail how to analyze the performance of a fiber optic link. Optical fiber is the highest performance transmission medium available today. Optical fiber boasts incredible bandwidth with very little attenuation over great distances. Fiber optic cables the size of a garden hose can hold hundreds of optical fibers each capable of carrying billions of bits of data per second. Fiber optic systems are emerging everywhere, and in the very near future fiber to your home will be a reality.

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Products & Services
Fiber Optic Cables
Fiber optic cables are composed of one or more transparent optical fibers enclosed in protective coverings and strength members. Fiber optic cables are used to transmit "light" data.
Specialty Optical Fiber
Specialty optical fiber is modified, usually by doping, for a specialized function. It consists of one or more transparent fibers enclosed in a protective covering.
Fiber Optic Attenuators
Fiber optic attenuators are devices that reduce signal power in fiber optic links by inducing a fixed or variable loss. They are used to control the power level of optical signals at the outputs of light sources and electrical-to-optical (E/O) converters. They are also used to test the linearity and dynamic range of photo sensors and photo detectors.
Fiber Optic Filters
Fiber optic filters allow only specific wavelengths to pass into a larger fiber optic system.
Fiber Optic Switches
Fiber optic switches route an optical signal without electro-optical and opto-electrical conversions.

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