Fibre optic cabling
Some buildings will have fibre optic cabling in them already but most will still have Ethernet cables connecting computers to the same network. This is because Ethernet cables have been the standard for over half a decade. Ethernet cabling can be replaced with fibre optic cables but there are a few things you have to consider.
A number of phone and broadband companies offer fibre optic cabling for home and businesses to improve internet speeds as long as that option is available in the area you live in. For home installation, it is sometimes just a case of one of these companies sending you the equipment you need to connect to your router but sometimes an engineer will need to be sent to do it.
An engineer may use both fibre optic and copper (Ethernet) cables or just fibre optic cables (depending on which installation you choose or is available to you) to give you fibre optic broadband.
If you are installing fibre optic cables for your home, you need to make sure that your home phone and set-top box are compatible with fibre optic cables as older machines won’t have the capability.
Once installed, fibre optic cables can connect to your television, computer and phones allowing internet access at faster speeds in comparison to Ethernet cables although you may still need an Ethernet cable to connect to the computer.
For businesses, the job is bigger as fibre optic cables will have to be run throughout the building and the existing cables will need to be replaced to create a shared network with faster internet speeds.