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26 Feb 2016

Fiber optic cables are the medium of choice in telecommunications infrastructure, enabling the transmission of high-speed voice, video, and data traffic in enterprise and service provider networks. Generally speaking, there are two major kinds of fiber-optic cabling: single-mode and multi-mode.

While it's not impossible to get the two types to interact with the right transceivers and intermediate hardware, there's significant signal loss involved in the transition and, therefore, much higher power requirements to re-boost it. It's best to simply lay the kind of fiber that best meets your needs.

What Makes Multi-Mode Fiber Different

The significant difference in multi-mode is the size of its "core," the actual glass wire which...