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    What Makes Fiber Optic Cables Better Than Copper Cables?
    There are few things in my mind, which is the best fiber optic cable or copper cable. I need help for the clear about this point. which is the better and faster connectivity cable?

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    A quick Google search brought up a lot of articles on this, of which the following two may be of interest.

    As you will gather, this is a subject that is easier to answer by reading articles than lengthy explanations typed out by hand.


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    Jan 10, 2012
    Two very different methods of transmitting data Antonio. Copper transmission is by electrical current and suffers from loss due to the resistance of the copper to conducting whereas fibre is optical (light) and therefore much faster and suffers almost no loss.
    Fibre optic will always be better than copper but then the equipment being connected need to have the facility to transmit and receive optical information. Not all do even today.

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    Perhaps if you tell us what application you are looking at, we can better confine the answers, otherwise speaking cheddar-caveman is spot on about the differences..

    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

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    Sep 10, 2011
    From an Audio Visual point of view the difference in output quality will be negligible. Whilst it's true that copper is susceptible to losses over long distances it wouldn't likely be of concern to the home user. Fibre Optic is however less robust mechanically and can suffer damage if handled or installed incorrectly.

    I have small lengths of FO cables (mainly Toslink) connecting bits of AV equipment but I'm putting Cat 5e and Co-ax in every room as I refurb the house for the avoidance of any doubt.
    If it's a broadband query then of course newly installed FO networks would outperform older existing narrow copper bandwidths.

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    Looks like AntonioCrocombe has lost interest in his post

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    Maybe you guys did such a great job replying...OP got all the info they needed.

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