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In a previous post, we laid out the benefits of fiber optic network cabling vs. copper (legacy) network cabling. While many of the benefits speak for themselves — speed, data security, transmission efficiency, and safety — there are other benefits that, while not directly seen, are just as important.

Consistency and Higher Speed Equals Efficiency

Consistency of product and efficiency of process are key components of every successful company. No CFO would purposely choose bloated operating procedures or delays, because everything less than the best will eat into profits and reduce the bottom line. One of the major reasons to invest in quality network cabling is that higher bandwith allows for greater wok proficiency.

On average, fiber optic networking infrastructure carries bandwidth with benchmark performance of 10 Gbps and beyond. A higher amount of bandwidth in your network means more data can flow internally and externally without causing bottlenecks or backups. For the SMB and for the enterprise, networking with higher bandwidth capabilities equates to greater work efficiency. That higher bandwith amount provides a networking which works for you, not one which works against you.

Playing the Long Game

Technology does have a tendency to breakdown. Eventually, even the newest mobile and networking hardware will fail and need replacement when used on a daily basis. While no one can stop that eventual breakdown from occurring, quality infrastructure can be the difference rapid failure and a long-term future failure that can be planned for and mitigated. Copper cables, by their design, are heavy. The metal inside the casing puts extra load on all facets — power, data, durability — of your network. Copper cabling, with higher temperatures, greater possibility of sparking, and increased possibility of splitting, only helps to slow your network as age increases strain through continued load.

Copper networking cables almost guarantee network failure quicker than the alternative fiber optics. Fiber optic networking cabling is lighter, thinner, and more durable overall than copper. This combination means higher pulling thresholds and less space taken up in trays and network cabling ducts. The sheer lightness of fiber optic cabling almost always guarantees longevity.


Capex, or capital expenditures, is the term given to upfront costs. OPEX, operating expenditures, is the term given to continuing costs. A new fiber optics cabling system will cost more in terms of CAPEX, yet cost less in terms of OPEX. On the other hand, a copper wiring network infrastructure will cost less in terms of CAPEX, yet cost more in OPEX.

Is it better so spend more money now to sustain higher profitability in the long-term, or is it wiser to spend less money now but deal with lower profitability over time? Most business owners would agree that that higher profitability is the right choice for long-term sustained profits.

Future Additions

One of the major benefits of fiber optic cabling in computer networking is the ability to play with wavelength data transmissions. With light as the central transmission element with fiber optics, a network cabled with this lightweight technology allows for admins to custom tune traveling wavelengths to accommodate for traffic peaks and valleys. Good, quality network cabling can add to data requirements as data usage increases or decreases throughout the day. Legacy cabling, on the other hand, will remain static — and a sudden spike in data usage could lead to bottlenecks and breakdowns. Fiber optics, on the other hand, can adapt to higher usage times to keep everything running smoothly.

The true benefits of quality network cabling are efficiency, decreased cost, increased revenues, and peace of mind through long-term network stability. Bay Area Computer Solutions not only provides quality network cabling, we also provide continued maintenance and upkeep for as long as you need it. Interested in learning more? Check out our network cabling page or learn more about the network management services we provide. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your company’s needs and how we can help you build a networking infrastructure customized to your business. Reach us by phone at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online today!

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Published on 11th November 2015 by James Berger.