The History of Data Cables Copper cables have been the backbone of long-distance electricity and communication transmission for many years. Fiber optic cables emerged in the 1970s and rapidly gained popularity due to their unique capabilities. While both cable types serve similar purposes, their underlying technology differs significantly. Copper cables transmit data through electrical impulses, which travel over short and long distances. However, copper has its limitations, including durability, signal loss, security vulnerabilities, and susceptibility to interference. For more on this you can read our Whitepaper on copper cables below:
WHITEPAPER – Understanding Ethernet Patch Cords in Modern Networks
This whitepaper explores the differences in ethernet cable and connector properties, the relevant Standards and provides a guide to best use cases within data center environments
- Ethernet Patch Cords and RJ-45 Connectors
- Ethernet Patch Cords and UTP Cabling
- Twisted Conductor Pairs – What’s All the Twisting About?
- Straight-Through and Crossover Patch Cord Cables
Fiber optic cables utilize light pulses for data transmission, produced by an LED and transmitted through strands of specialized glass or plastic. Light and electricity can travel at near-light speeds, theoretically allowing global data transmission within seconds. Advances in fiber optic technology continue to improve data transfer rates.
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