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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking, Fourth Edition by Bill Woodward, Andrew Oliviero

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Chapter 8. Fiber-Optic Media

Fiber-optic media (or optical fiber, or fiber, for short) are any network transmission media that use glass, or in some special cases, plastic, fiber to transmit network data in the form of light pulses.

Within the last decade, fiber optics has become an increasingly popular type of network transmission media as the need for higher bandwidth and longer spans continues. We'll begin this chapter with a brief look at how fiber-optic transmissions work.

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Understand the basic aspects of fiber-optic transmission

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of fiber-optic cabling

  • Understand the types and composition of fiber-optic cables

  • Identify the key performance factors of fiber optics

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