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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 21. Optical Fiber Construction and Theory

Optical fibers are called on to operate in a wide variety of conditions. Some of them must carry high volumes of data over many kilometers, while others carry smaller amounts of data inside an office building or aboard an aircraft. The type of job an optical fiber will do determines the type of fiber you'll choose to install. It is important to understand the types of fibers that are available and the ways in which they are built so that you can select and use them properly.

This chapter describes the construction of optical fibers and the components that make them up. We will discuss some of the important factors that must be considered in the manufacture and use of optical fibers, as well as the ...

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