We have found that the majority of IT manager's frustration comes from poorly installed network cabling. By using a trusted company that adheres to the rules of the ANSI/TIA/EIA 568 and National Electrical Code (NEC) code for network cabling, the instances of troubles related to network cabling is reduced to zero.
By using cable testers that confirm the wiring pairs are correct and meet the design character that you'll have trouble free service for many years. Our testers check for cross talk, distance, wiring continuity, NEXT, Attenuation to insure the installed network cable meets the correct specifications.
Labeling is another important requirement that eliminates confusion to the IT department as to what cable goes to what device. We label both ends of our cables. When terminated each outlet, jack, patch panel or terminal block has the appropriate label. Once completed a print out of the results plus an as built drawing will be provided. Our guarantee goes for 1 year after testing to insure our quality goals have been met.
Basically a fiber cable uses glass to allow light signals to pass through. Unlike copper cable which uses electrical impulses a light signal source is used. The light signal passes over a greater distance than copper before requiring the light source being boosted. Each end of the cable uses a media converter to change it from light to electrical impulses.
Fiber comes in two mediums they are single-mode and multi-mode. Multi-mode has a distance limitation, approximately 600 meters before it needs to be boosted. Single-mode can travel up to several hundred kilometers before its signal needs boosting. Unlike copper fiber is immune to lighting strikes or electromotive forces (emf) generated from other sources. Fiber requires vigilance when installing. Because it's glass, it must be installed so that any bends in the cable do not interfere with the light that passes through it. Fiber is more costly than copper wiring but in many cases the higher speeds offset the cost to install and maintain.