Think back to the late 1990s, early 2000s, when dial-up internet was a thing. Remember how incredibly slow and painful it was to use? Thank goodness for the leaps and advances we’ve made in technology.

Nearly a decade ago, internet providers began using fiber as a medium by which internet signals were transmitted. When this shift occurred, faster internet speed followed. While copper cables are another viable alternative and tend to be less expensive, fiber optics prove to be faster, more dependable, and possess an improved bandwidth potential.

If you’ve decided that fiber optics cables are the best choice for you, be sure to get in touch with Network Drops, one of the leading cat6 installers serving Montgomery County, PA, and the surrounding areas. In fact, check out these five reasons that make fiber optics far superior to copper.

1. Speed – Compared to the speed of light, fiber optics cables are only about 31% slower. That’s quite a feat, something copper cables can’t touch. To put the speed aspect into perspective, a download that takes 22 minutes over a copper wire internet only takes up to a mere eight seconds with fiber optics cables.

2. Distance – Fiber optics cables provide minimal signal loss and can move at greater distances than other cables. Certain fiber connections can even be transmitted up to 25 miles! The distance of transmission in fiber optics cables is 40,000 meters at 1,000 Mbps, while copper is only 100 meters at 1,000 Mbps.

3. Bandwidth – Copper cannot come close to the bandwidth that fiber optics supplies. Plus, fiber optics has a standardized performance at about 10 Gbps or more. When it comes to efficiency of bandwidth, fiber optics is far more superior than copper.

4. Size – Fiber optics cables are much lighter, thinner, and stronger than copper, with up to eight times the pulling tension that copper wires offer. Fiber optics are even more sturdy and difficult to kink or damage thanks to their strength members and stiffeners.

5. Reliability – Copper wires carry an electric current, which means old and worn out cables can become a fire hazard. With no electric current traveling through fiber optics cables, you’ll never have to worry about this potential danger.

If you want to learn more about Network Drops, a trusted audio video conferencing solutions company serving Montgomery County, PA, and the surrounding PA and NJ areas, be sure to give us a call at should 609-601-5161 to schedule an appointment.