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New OM5 Fiber Optic Cables Make All the Difference
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Do you know why OM5 multimode fiber optic cables are an improvement over singlemode fiber optic cables?

The world runs on data. From how-to videos for online classes to interactive home security networks to intricate network structures of large and small businesses, regular access to the internet is crucial. You want to always be able to offer your employees and clients the best products. That means offering fast, reliable internet speeds, and that’s where multimode fiber optic cable can make an impact.

Fiber Optic Cables

Multimode fiber cables transmit multiple modes of light at the same time, enabling them to transmit large amounts of data over shorter distances. They differ from singlemode cables in that singlemode cables are capable of transmitting small amounts of data very long distances.

Multimode cables may be essential for your project if you or your client needs lightning-fast internet upload and download speeds, or if your business relies on having an always reliable connection.

Types of multimode fiber optic cables

Fiber Optic Cables

Currently, five generations of multimode cables are available: OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, and OM5. The first two cannot be used for some modern applications. They use LED light, instead of making the best use of laser equipment like more modern multimode fiber optic cables. OM3 and OM4 are optimized for laser equipment. OM4 can transfer large amounts of data a longer distance than OM3.

OM5 cables are an improvement over the previous fiber optic cable types, because they are capable of transferring multiple wavelengths on a single fiber. This capability may allow you to save fiber optic cable when working with certain ultra-high-speed networks.

Like OM4, OM5 can reach up to 440 meters in a 40G network and up to 150 meters in a 100G network. OM5 cables come with a lime green jacket, which helps you immediately identify them in crowded switches or patch panels.

Advantages of OM5 cable

OM5 fiber optic cable offers bandwidth of 28 GHz. Because OM5 cable is capable of transferring multiple signals or wavelengths on a single fiber, it is a cost-effective option for some projects. It’s also compatible with existing OM4 cable, potentially making your fiber optic cable installation easier.

Even if you decide not to use OM5, multimode fiber is less expensive than singlemode fiber and may be perfect for your next big project. It’s also capable of transferring large amounts of data, and might be just what you need to help keep your network running at the optimum level.

Advantages of OM5 Cable

Now that you understand the types of fiber optic cables and the benefits of choosing OM5 cable for your telecommunications project, the next step is finding a trusted cable provider. Tripp Lite offers a line of OM5 cables up to 25 meters long. Their helpful buying guide provides more information, including the various connectors associated with fiber optic cable types.