Did you select the right multimode fiber for your present and future network needs? Is it up to speed? Can it cover the distance?
Multimode fiber comes in different speeds and distance limitations. Each of the OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, and OM5 covers specific network needs, in function of the used equipment.
In order to select the right multimode fiber, here’s what you need to know: OM1 (62.5/125 µm) was highly popular in the 80s, 90s, and even early 2000s. Compared with other multimode types, the OM1 has the shortest distance limitations and the lowest data capacity. Because of the rapid development of fiber tech, it is believed that the OM1 will soon become obsolete. But, if your office is currently using
62.5/125 µm, you will need to continue with this type of cable. If you try to combine two cores in different sizes, might cause high signal loss.
OM2, OM3, and OM4 have a core size of 50/125 µm. OM3 is the best choice for 10Gb Ethernet. Also known as 10GIG, it was designed specifically for this purpose unless you need to cover longer distances (in this case, the OM4 is required).
When in need of professional advice on how to select the right multimode fiber for your network, contact PeakOptical. With over 10 years of experience in the field of fiber optic PeakOptical is recognized as a quality brand, chosen by a wide selection of customers ranging from small businesses to enterprise companies. From our facilities in Denmark, we are serving customers worldwide – our domestic market being represented in distribution by ALSO and Lemvigh-Müller.