Because of its speed, flexibility, small footprint and cost-effectiveness, Optical LAN is being adopted across numerous industries.
Optical LAN technology provides several benefits:
- Simplified infrastructure
- Ease of installation
- Minimal maintenance
- No need for active access/distribution switches and routers
- Order-of-magnitude improvement in availability
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Fiber-optic cables are rated to last up to 50 years, depending on the manufacturer. Copper Ethernet cable standards have changed consistently, at least once every three to four years during the past 15 years. The current Ethernet version, CAT-6e, used in most new installations of copper internet service, will need to be replaced by CAT-7 to achieve 10 Gbit/s speeds and is limited to roughly 100 meters of copper.
With fiber, other wavelengths can be used, allowing for multiplexing of nearly a limitless range of bandwidth-intensive applications, including television and data/voice networking – not to mention emerging services.
When installing fiber-optic cables in buildings, we typically recommend installation of a 12-strand cable, although only one strand is used initially. This allows for future use of other strands of fiber, or the ability to easily switch strands in case of damage.
By installing Optical LAN, customers are empowered to manage their own networks while reducing maintenance and training costs.
Troubleshooting and network repairs are simplified as there are only two points of failure in an Optical LAN system: the end-user media converter (a $500 box) and the hub in the main telecom room. Eliminated is a constant resetting of switches and routers throughout a campus or multiple floors of a single building to isolate the problem. All end-user equipment can be simply and remotely configured from the main hub.