All You Need to Know About Fiber Optics

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Diversified Material Specialists, Inc. provides fiber optic solutions!

Fiber optic connectivity–what is it? For many, the concept of fiber optic cabling is limited to the knowledge that they transmit data using light. And even though these cables have been used for decades, it’s still considered a step into the future when they’re utilized. At Diversified Materials Specialists, Incorporated, we focus on fiber optic connectivity product design and manufacturing. Our reach is global; we work with everyone and every type of customer. We don’t hesitate to serve the Department of Defense, because we know that fiber optic cabling is the best way to keep information secure. Here’s a quick rundown on how our industry works, and the basics of fiber optic cabling.

What are some products involved in fiber optic connectivity?

End users have many different requirements on how and where they need a fiber network installed. We produce a range of product family solutions to help you accomplish your requirement according to your personal needs; they are Classic, PRM, and LGX compatible.

Next comes the actual fiber optic cable. DMSI provides high quality, American made and UL listed cables that are fully traceable. We have multiple types of optical fiber and cabling, including tight buffered cable for indoor purposes, indoor/outdoor, and interconnect zipcord cables. Optical fiber solutions include any standard single or multimode fiber, as well as speciality types. We can also customize jacket rating and colors; but you can always contact us for more details!

Among other products, we have faceplates, module jacks, jumpers, media converters, cleaning tools, and more. Please check out our website for more information on what products we are able to provide!

So, how does it work?

The concept of fiber optics is seemingly confusing. But don’t worry–we’re here to help explain the nature of fiber optic cabling. Do you remember dial-up internet? DSL cables were used for this, and they were slow and inefficient. The problem with DSL and coaxial copper cables lies in the fact that their information ends up in a bottleneck. With information caught up in the ether, it makes the transmission of information across a network incredibly slow. As you can imagine, when the Department of Defense is transferring information, they need to be able to work quickly and efficiently.

That’s where the concept of fiber optics comes in. Fiber optic cabling allows for easy transmission across long distances–for instance, you may have heard of these cables being used by cable companies to deliver you internet, television, and phone services. The concept is as follows: fiber optic cabling uses light, so there is no end to how far the information can travel.

What other products are used with fiber optic cabling?

Fiber optics require a bit more than just a cable and a connectivity box. DMSI can provide plenty of these for your application; but, let’s go over a few of them and what they do. A pre-terminated trunk cable, for example, is a way to connect multiple fibers for easy and fast deployment versus timely field termination. There’s also a fiber jumper, which is essentially a cable that allows fast connections to passive or active ports. Attenuators, loopbacks, and adapters are used similarly for connecting and testing; think of them as the equivalent of a Mac adapter. You need to change the type of port between connections to transfer information from an Apple computer to a system that only has a connection for a PC. The process is similar; some fiber optic cables have different connectors that need to be changed before they can be connected to certain panels.

What are the advantages of using fiber optic cabling?

There is virtually no reason to use any other type of network cabling. First of all, they use much less energy than traditional copper cabling. This makes them more efficient, and far more technologically advanced. These cables and their network systems will last for years to come, even if there is new technology on the way. Fiber also has the ability to handle heavy loads of bandwidth. Connecting from multiple devices is often necessary for high security facilities. With fiber, this is easy.

Fiber optics cannot be interfered with. They are not affected by electromagnetic pulses like copper cables. For this reason, fiber is incredibly secure, as it’s difficult to intercept information if it isn’t electromagnetically transmitted. And copper cables can be tapped without much effort or indication. Keep yourself safe and protected when you use fiber optic cabling for your network.

Do you need a custom fiber optic cable design? DMSI can help!

DMSI is ready to work with you to customize your fiber optic network!

We focus on custom product manufacturing for fiber optic connectivity. We will engineer solutions to any customer’s specs and needs, and we create end-to-end solutions so you won’t be left in the dark. DMSI strives to provide our customers with the highest quality product above industry standards at a competitive cost.

Do you need a custom fiber optic connectivity solution? DMSI specializes in custom design solutions. We work all over the world to provide solutions from our headquarters in Venice, Florida. Our goal is to provide you with the perfect solutions, designs, and cabling.

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