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Determining Fiber Type.

Document: 10003

Category: General Information

Date Posted: 01/05/2000


What type of fiber cable should I use?


The choice of cable depends upon your application. The most prevalent are multimode (62.5/125 micron) for local area networks (LANs) and single mode (8/125 micron) for long distance or high data rate wide area networks (WANs). Typically, for most short distance (less than 2 km) applications that do not require high data rates, multimode fiber cable can be used for its lower cost. For applications that need longer distances or higher data rates (higher frequency) or both then single mode fiber is recommended.

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