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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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10Mbps on Fiber Optic Cable

Fiber optic cable easily outperforms copper media. It is capable of carrying a huge capacity for extended distances, and it is not subject to the electromagnetic disturbances that cause distortions and errors in copper wires. No crosstalk problem occurs, either. Optical fiber also offers superior security. Unlike electrical transmission, it does not emit signals that can be captured by electronic eavesdropping equipment.

The use of optical fiber for telecommunications dates back to 1977, when the medium was first used to carry long-distance telephone calls. Fiber optic cable was introduced into the Ethernet local area networking arena in the 1980s.

Ethernet fiber optic links initially were used for long runs of ...

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