Fibre Optic Cable

Fibre optic cables are network cables that contain one or more transparent optical fibres that are used to carry light. The optical fibres are typically glass or plastic pipes contained in a protective tube suitable for long distance, very high performance data networking and telecommunications. A key advantage of fibre optic cables over metal conductor cables is superior performance in terms of bandwidth and data carrying performance.
Fibre optic cables have revolutionised networking due to their ability to transmit signals extremely fast, have a higher bandwidth and are less susceptible to interference. Fibre optic cables are in internet, phone and TV applications. They’re also used in decorative lighting, for example you can get fibre optic Christmas trees. Their ability to save space means that they are used in lighting and safety features of cars. They are used in the medical field, mechanical inspections and can be used as fibre optic sensors for electrical currents, sounds and chemicals.

How do Fibre Optic Cables Work?
Fibre optic cables carry communication signals using pulses of light generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The cable consists of one or more strands each approximately the thickness of a human hair. The centre of each strand is called the core, this core is the pathway for light to travel. The core is surrounded by a layer of glass that reflects light inward to avoid loss of signal and allow the light to pass through bends in the cable.

Types of Fibre Optic Cable
• Single-Mode: The simplest form in which all signals travel down the middle of the fibre without reflection. Suitable for data transmission over long distances (>100 km)
• Multimode: Around 10 times bigger than single-mode fibres, allowing light beams to travel through various paths (or multiple modes). Suitable for data transmission over relatively short distances (≤2 km)
Optical fibres are classified according to their modal type and transmission speeds: OM1 – Multimode 62.5/125 μm & OM2 – Multimode 50/125 μm 1 Gbit.
Fibre optic cable assemblies consist of a group of fibre optic wires gathered together in a protective casing. They’re used to transmit data, using total internal refraction of light. The individual strands are often coated with a material such as plastic to prevent the fibre from damage and the assembly may also have a layer of light-absorbing glass between fibres to prevent interference if light leaks from one fibre.

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RS Stock No. 425-8562
BrandRS PRO
TWD4,049.00
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2m Multi Mode Terminated SMA SMA 0.2mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 255-8393
Mfr. Part No.944 3D5D 05.0 944 3D0
TWD4,440.00
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500mm Single Mode Terminated FC FC 9/125µm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 196-3844
Mfr. Part No.MPO12PL2M
BrandStartech
TWD9,294.00
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2m Multi Mode - Female MPO/MTP Female MPO/MTP - - - - - Light Blue - - -
RS Stock No. 622-6309
Mfr. Part No.5349567-5
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD3,975.00
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5m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated SC ST 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM2
RS Stock No. 171-4019
Mfr. Part No.ST1 1D5D 05,0 ST1 1D0
TWD3,478.00
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5m Single Mode Terminated ST ST 9/125µm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 164-7492
Mfr. Part No.5349567-5
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD3,862.20
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5m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated SC ST 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM2
RS Stock No. 193-0189
Mfr. Part No.50FIBLCST10
BrandStartech
TWD935.00
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- Multi Mode - - - - - - - - Orange Duplex - -
RS Stock No. 447-9494
Mfr. Part No.91.19.372.00100
TWD841.00
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1m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated ST SC 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM3
RS Stock No. 895-1417
Mfr. Part No.L98A-108-1000
TWD955.00
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1m - Terminated - - - - - - - Yellow - - -
RS Stock No. 309-7883
Mfr. Part No.UN1904-60
BrandNiebuhr
TWD207.40
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60m - Unterminated Unterminated Unterminated 1mm - 2 - - Red - - -
RS Stock No. 164-7493
Mfr. Part No.5349569-2
TWD324.30
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1m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated ST Pigtail 50/125µm - - - - Green - - OM2
RS Stock No. 536-7055
BrandRS PRO
TWD503.00
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1m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated LC SC 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM2
RS Stock No. 622-6191
Mfr. Part No.5349574-3
BrandCOMMSCOPE
TWD3,106.00
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3m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated ST ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1
RS Stock No. 536-8430
BrandRS PRO
TWD401.00
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1m OS1 Single Mode Terminated SC ST 9/125µm - - - - Yellow - - OS1
RS Stock No. 536-7241
BrandRS PRO
TWD488.00
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1m OM2 Multi Mode Terminated SC SC 50/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM2
RS Stock No. 144-2428
Mfr. Part No.PCRS_LCMX_LCMX_O321T_03.0_MM
TWD1,111.00
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3m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 2.1 (Cable)mm - - - - Aqua - - OM3
RS Stock No. 135-676
BrandRS PRO
TWD593.00
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2m OS1 Single Mode Terminated LC LC 9/125µm - - - - Yellow - - OS1
RS Stock No. 172-7310
BrandRS PRO
TWD717.00
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15m OS1 Single Mode Terminated LC SC - - - - - Yellow - - OS1, OS2
RS Stock No. 144-2433
Mfr. Part No.PCRS_LCMX_LCMX_O321T_15.0_MM
TWD1,701.00
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15m OM3 Multi Mode Terminated LC LC 2.1 (Cable)mm - - - - Aqua - - OM3
RS Stock No. 738-8502
BrandRS PRO
TWD3,606.00
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100m OM1 Multi Mode Terminated ST ST 62.5/125µm - - - - Orange - - OM1