FAQ About Fiber Optic Technology

If you’re new to fiber optics, or broadcasting technology in general, you probably have run into quite a few unfamiliar terms like PON or MPEG-2 encoder. Here, we answer some basic questions about fiber optics and some of the common terms that you are likely to encounter as you’re looking to purchase equipment for your network.

What is a fiber optic cable?

In simplest terms, a fiber optic cable is made of either single or multiple fibers that carry light. The fibers are made of either glass or fiber, with plastic being the material most readily available to consumers. The light carries data at high speeds.

What are the advantages of fiber optics over traditional copper cables?

Fiber optic cables can carry a much greater amount of data than copper wire. Not only can they carry more data, but they are also able to transport it faster, making fiber optics ideal for long distances. The cables themselves are also thinner and more flexible than copper, making them easier to install. The last section of the local loop is typically still connected with copper cables.

What is a PON?

PON stands for Passive Optical Network. This type of network architecture is used on a large scale by telecommunications providers offering “triple play” packages (phone, TV and Internet). It uses a passive splitter to take one input and broadcast the signal to many users. On a smaller scale, many businesses are replacing LANs (Local Area Networks) with PONs as they are less expensive, offer higher security and can be easily expanded to include more users.

What is an encoder?

A video encoder allows you to convert your video content into a type of file which can be streamed to your users. Our series of MPEG2 video encoders allow you to convert your files to the standard MPEG-2 format or H.264 for high-quality videos.

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