Fiber Optics Explained

A Guide to Understanding Fiber Optic Systems


Although fiber optic technology has been around for some time, the growth that it has experienced in the past few decades has been exponential as innovation after innovation has brought it to the forefront of cutting edge data transmission. Often referred to as ‘speed of light’ bandwidth, fiber optic connections have garnered plenty of attention and plenty of subsequent confusion has surfaced around them. And while the plain truth underlying fiber optics is pretty incredible, here at Cables For Less we want to make sure that we all understand the basics of fiber past, present, and future so that making educated decisions in fiber shopping and installation is trouble free. So continue on to the topics below and we will go over some concepts, key terms, definitions, and explanations essential to fiber optic systems to help you orient yourself sturdily in the fiber optic world.

And remember, if you don't find the answers you are looking for here or if you ever feel weary in your understanding of what it is exactly that you are looking for, contact us and one of our locally-based, trained professionals will help you solve your cabling needs. Moreover, if you have special Fiber Optic needs, or related questions, simply ask to speak to our Fiber Specialist at (800) 273-9556 about options for customized/special order cables, connectors, panels, accessories, and all peripheral fiber devices.


At Cables For Less we offer a variety of high quality Fiber Optic solutions at great prices!

Visit our Fiber Optics section and shop from our ever-growing selection of patch cables such as 62.5/125 or 50/125 Multimode, Singlemode with any combination of LC, SC, ST, FC, MPO and MTRJ connectors. Of course we also carry a complete line of OM1, OM2 as well as 10GB OM3 and OM4 up to 100 Meters  Don’t see the fiber cable you need pre-made? Not a problem with our custom calculator, which allows you to build your fiber to exact specification! See our assortment of pre-made and customizable patch panels, collection of fiber couplers. Don’t forget our networking converters and MPO trunks, cassettes, and fan-out kits we even carry fiber optic cleaning supplies