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Basic Fiber Optic Cable purchase guide.  Who needs fiber cables? 

Fiber optic cables used in Video/Audio have earned a place in the commercial environment in the last several years.  While a very small segment of the market, there are no comparable solution in the copper world like fiber.  With the ever decreasing prices of fiber optic wiring, the cost is now similar to the more expensive copper alternate like HDBaseT and other long distance cabling. 

Fiber cables are driven by transmitter/receiver (Tx/Rx) modules that send the data at speed of light through fiber optic cables.  The primary feature of fiber optics is the ability to connect video source and display over extraordinarily long distances up to 1000 feet via multimode all the way up to 6000 ft. via single mode cables.  Fiber optics signals are unaffected by EMI, RF or ground noise interference, and isolated electronically, ideal for use in medical and other mission critical applications.  Some fiber optic transceivers (transmitter/receiver) also support additional functions, such as IR, audio, or RS-232 connections.  The types currently available on the market: 

Integrated Fiber Cables:

The most common and affordable solution is the full cable with the transceivers built into the heads of the cable connector,  ideal solution for shorter fixed distances.  Fiber Optic cables are available in lengths from 10 to 100 meters in DVI or HDMI.

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Transmitter/Receiver Modules with separate cables: 

For times when pulling connectors through walls or conduit is too difficult or virtually impossible, the add-on transceivers (often called dongles or modules) can be ran longer distances using environment unique cables like indoor/outdoor or plenum.  Fiber Optic transceivers consist of the sender and receiver that connects to separate cables that can be purchased in various lengths, or pre-wired and self-terminated.  The wires can be the older 4-wire multi-cables or single cables terminated as the industry standard LC or SC types.  Fiber cables are sold in different lengths from 10 to 150 Meters pre-terminated, or up to 300 Meters as custom orders.  Transceivers are available in DVI, HDMI or SDI.   

 
 Purelink Multi-wire DVI TX/RX

DC's F6000 DVI HDCP Single LC Cable TX/RX

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How about HDCP?

While an assumption could be made that all HDMI cables all support HDCP, the same is not true for DVI connections.  Most multiple-wire DVI cables are HDCP compliant, but same is not true for single wire units.  To ensure compatibility with most consumer equipment, be sure to check for HDCP compliance before purchase.

 

 
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