Fibre Optic Cable

Fibre optic cables are network cables that contain one or more transparent optical fibres that are used to carry light. The optical fibres are typically glass or plastic pipes contained in a protective tube suitable for long distance, very high performance data networking and telecommunications. A key advantage of fibre optic cables over metal conductor cables is superior performance in terms of bandwidth and data carrying performance.
Fibre optic cables have revolutionised networking due to their ability to transmit signals extremely fast, have a higher bandwidth and are less susceptible to interference. Fibre optic cables are in internet, phone and TV applications. They’re also used in decorative lighting, for example you can get fibre optic Christmas trees. Their ability to save space means that they are used in lighting and safety features of cars. They are used in the medical field, mechanical inspections and can be used as fibre optic sensors for electrical currents, sounds and chemicals.

How do Fibre Optic Cables Work?
Fibre optic cables carry communication signals using pulses of light generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The cable consists of one or more strands each approximately the thickness of a human hair. The centre of each strand is called the core, this core is the pathway for light to travel. The core is surrounded by a layer of glass that reflects light inward to avoid loss of signal and allow the light to pass through bends in the cable.

Types of Fibre Optic Cable
• Single-Mode: The simplest form in which all signals travel down the middle of the fibre without reflection. Suitable for data transmission over long distances (>100 km)
• Multimode: Around 10 times bigger than single-mode fibres, allowing light beams to travel through various paths (or multiple modes). Suitable for data transmission over relatively short distances (≤2 km)
Optical fibres are classified according to their modal type and transmission speeds: OM1 – Multimode 62.5/125 μm & OM2 – Multimode 50/125 μm 1 Gbit.
Fibre optic cable assemblies consist of a group of fibre optic wires gathered together in a protective casing. They’re used to transmit data, using total internal refraction of light. The individual strands are often coated with a material such as plastic to prevent the fibre from damage and the assembly may also have a layer of light-absorbing glass between fibres to prevent interference if light leaks from one fibre.

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RS Stock No. 290-8861
BrandRS PRO
$1,360.83
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500m Multi Mode Unterminated Unterminated Unterminated 0.0625mm - 4 - - Black - - -
RS Stock No. 451-035
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-RUS100Z
BrandBroadcom
$157.24
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100m Single Mode Unterminated Unterminated Unterminated 1mm - 1 - - Black Simplex - -
RS Stock No. 536-7487
BrandRS PRO
$40.10
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5m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated LC ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 535-7395
BrandRS PRO
$29.16
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2m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated ST ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 536-6709
BrandRS PRO
$33.08
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1m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 50/125µm - - - - Purple - - OM3
RS Stock No. 738-8546
BrandRS PRO
$72.69
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2m OS1 Single Mode Terminated E2000 E2000 9/125µm - - - - Yellow - - OS1
RS Stock No. 536-7112
BrandRS PRO
$51.35
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10m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 451-039
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-RUS500Z
BrandBroadcom
$569.41
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500m Single Mode Unterminated Unterminated Unterminated 1mm - 1 - - Black Simplex - -
RS Stock No. 535-7430
BrandRS PRO
$58.31
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10m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated ST ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 536-6844
BrandRS PRO
$22.77
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5m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 50/125µm - - - - Purple - - OM3
RS Stock No. 536-8171
BrandRS PRO
$22.62
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5m OS1 Single Mode Terminated SC SC 9/125µm - - - - Yellow - - OS1
RS Stock No. 536-6428
BrandRS PRO
$30.86
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3m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 50/125µm - - - - Purple - - OM3
RS Stock No. 535-7452
BrandRS PRO
$28.12
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2m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated ST SC 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 536-7162
BrandRS PRO
$47.55
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10m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM2
RS Stock No. 818-8877
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-RUD100Z
BrandBroadcom
$271.69
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100m Single Mode Unterminated Unterminated Unterminated 1060µm - 2 - - Black Duplex - -
RS Stock No. 536-7336
BrandRS PRO
$36.18
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1m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated LC ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 818-8864
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-RSD005Z
BrandBroadcom
$36.67
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5 m - Terminated - - 1000µm - - - - - Duplex - -
RS Stock No. 424-2882
Mfr. Part No.91.LL.872.00100
$178.87
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1m OS1 Single Mode Terminated LC LC 9/125µm - - - - Yellow - - OS1
RS Stock No. 121-4221
BrandRS PRO
$45.98
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2m OS1 Single Mode Terminated LC Pigtail 900µm - - - - - - - OS1, OS2
RS Stock No. 447-9551
Mfr. Part No.91.99.371.00200
$48.28
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2m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated SC SC 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM3