Copper Vs. Fiber Optics

Fiber optic cable with bright lights meaning to show speed.

When it comes to copper cable and fiber optic internet, you may be unsure of which to go with, if given the option. Or perhaps you’re looking into upgrading to fiber optics, but are unsure of the benefits or the difference. There is a lot of information on the internet, and some of it isn’t very clear. Don’t worry! This blog will be a comprehensive breakdown of the benefits of fiber optics, and how it compares to copper!

What is Fiber Optic

To begin, let’s go over the basics. The difference between fiber optic internet and classic copper wire is in their making. Fiber optic connection is carried by a cable filled with thin plastic or glass fibers. Copper, however, is made of, you guessed it, copper!

Some Differences

-Fiber Optic has a higher security level than copper due to fiber optic’s resistance to digital interferences.

-Fiber optics are faster than copper. A classic copper connection uses electrical signals down a copper cable- and as copper heats up, it slows the connection.

-Fiber optics also offer greater bandwidth than copper. When in a fiber optic setting, data travels by pulses of light, allowing for higher speed and frequencies.

-Since fiber optics transmit data using light, as opposed to copper which transmits using electricity, fiber optics use less electricity. So, by switching to fiber optic, you can save on your electricity bill.

When it comes down to it, fiber optics are the clear winner. To begin making your switch to fiber optics, let the professionals at ProLink Communications help. We have been helping Nashville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas for the last 15 years, with many great reviews to show for it. To begin making your switch, give us a call at 615-236-0051!