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If you need to transmit data over long distances or require a higher bandwidth than that provided by wired networking cables, then fiber optic cables may be for you.

Fiber optic cables are network cables that contain strands of glass fibers inside an insulated casing. They’re designed for long distance, very high-performance data networking, and telecommunications. They work by carrying communication signals using pulses of light generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Fiber optic patch cables are made from either single or multi-fiber cable and are connected at each end with fiber cable connectors. Two primary types of fiber patch cables exist, called single mode and multi-mode. The main difference between single mode and multi-mode is the size of their respective cores.

In single mode cables, light travels toward the center of the core in a single wavelength. This focusing of light allows the signal to travel over long distances without a loss of signal quality. In multi-mode cables, the larger core gathers more light compared to single mode, and this light reflects off the core and allows more signals to be transmitted.

The type of cable you need will depend on your application. Singlemode patch cables are the best choice for transmitting data over long distances, while multi-mode fiber patch cables are a good choice for transmitting data and voice signals over shorter distances. Multi-mode fiber patch cables are typically used for data and audio/visual applications in local area networks and connections within buildings.

FireFold carries an extensive inventory of fiber optic patch cables. Choose between single mode and multi-mode cables, various core and cladding size, as well as a wide range of colors.