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What is the difference between fiber optic cable and network cable?

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In our impression, fiber optic cable and network cable should both be used to connect the network, used to connect the network cabling cable. When I tell you that they are different from before, you may still question the following? Are they not the same thing? There is a difference between fiber optic cables and network cables.

In this article, we'll explain the difference between fiber optic and Ethernet cables. Each of these cable types has its unique advantages and disadvantages.

Fiber Optic and Ethernet Basics

These two cable technologies have been in use since the late 1900s. NASA first introduced fiber optics for their famous mission to the moon in 1969, when (at the time) the new technology allowed them to image and record the mission.

On the other hand, Ethernet was developed by Xerox in 1970, just one year later. After about a decade of use, the technology finally became mainstream and was introduced to the average consumer in 1980. Since then, both technologies have continued to be widely used in the technology industry. But how do they each measure up to one another?

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Fiber Optics

Fiber optics comes in two different kinds of cables. The single variety uses a laser to send a signal remotely. Single fibers can be used over longer distances than multiple fibers. This also makes them much more expensive to install than multi. Diodes use multimode cables to transmit signals and cover shorter distances of up to 10 Gb.

Many of the best fibers can transmit at 100 Gb on a single cable, making fiber an obvious choice for long-distance transmission.


Traditionally, Ethernet has been the slower of the two transmission technologies. When it first appeared, Ethernet could only transmit at 10 megabits per second. This was also suitable for shorter distances, such as 100 meters.

However, experts often point out the disadvantages of Ethernet, saying that its slowness makes it unusable for real-world applications. Nonetheless, Ethernet is still the more cost-effective technology, which will be better for companies and consumers on a tight budget in the long run.

So, what's the difference?

The differences between the two technologies may not be obvious to the average person, even after explaining what each of them does.

Fiber optics has an unparalleled ability to transmit signals and generate electricity over long distances. Fiber is relatively brittle and breaks easily, making it more expensive to install and replace.

Ethernet is different, even though it cannot travel such long distances. Their increased durability and speed over short distances make them a good choice and much cheaper than fiber.

In situations where you may want to transmit large amounts of data to a more remote location, fiber is your best choice. However, Ethernet may be more cost-effective if you only need to connect to residential or commercial buildings.

Given these differences, there is no clear answer as to which type of cable is better. It will come down to your unique requirements for any given situation.

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