Last month, CE Pro covered the benefits of fiber cable over Category cable, with a special note of how Cleerline fiber simplifies fiber installation.
We’ve talked about reasons for switching from CatX to fiber before, but the CE Pro article covers even more details. We’ve listed some highlights below, and you can read the whole article online at CE Pro.
Fiber bandwith capabilities far exceed CATX:
- “’The advancements in high-speed data and AV over IP has stretched the limits of what copper Category 5, 6, and 7 can support. […]
‘Fiber is the only medium that will support 18gb – 48gb+ and every residential integrator should be including fiber in their prewires. Its cost is reasonable, and I understand that it’s rugged, safe to work with, easy to terminate. At our [recent] conference, dealers discussed only doing fiber to ensure future proofing their installations and protecting their clients.’” – Richard Glikes, Azione Unlimited
- “'[With] Cat X, the engineers are constantly needing to reinvent the cable itself to reduce the amount of noise that gets into the signal.’
‘All we need to look at is the vague HDMI 2.1 specification to see we’re going to need a cable solution that can handle 48Gps for uncompressed 8k60,’ [Cleerline CEO Robert] D’Addario said. ‘At that point, we will have exceeded even Cat 8’s capabilities of 40Gps for 30m.’”
While electronics costs were previously a potential barrier to fiber installation, prices have now drastically decreased:
- “’When we started selling fiber to the AV community in 2012, a 10Gps transceiver (the part that converts electrical pulses into light pulses) could cost an installer $750-$1,500 dependent upon the supplier. Today we’ve seen that same part on the market for between $40-$80,’ [Cleerline CEO Robert] D’Addario said. ‘Currently there are two strand 40Gps transceivers, and we see companies creating 24-32Gps links over a single strand of fiber.’”
Cleerline SSF Simplifies Fiber installation:
- “’What is worse than installing a system, having everything function perfectly, only to be called back a couple of month later because a fiber was installed improperly and eventually failed? This is the life expectancy part,’ D’Addario said. ‘With Cleerline SSF’s GGP [glass, glass, polymer] design the polymer acts much like the coating on your car windshield—it doesn’t allow humidity to enter the equation, and while micro-fractures will exist, they are stopped in their tracks for a longer period of time. This allows our fiber to be abused well beyond what the competition can handle, and is at the core the reason why we don’t require certified technicians to pull our glass.’”
- “'[Cleerline SSF] fiber has been put through a series of tests that determine the mechanical/dynamic fatigue of fiber, and this metric is used to determine how long a fiber will continue to function under duress. The TIA/IEC standard is an “n” value of 18, while the competition ranges between 18-22 on this scale; Cleerline SSF comes in with a value of 30, stipulating that the fiber can be bent to 2.2mm and maintain a 31-year life expectancy.’”
CE Pro. “The Benefits of Fiber over Category Cable.” May 15, 2017. www.cepro.com.”