When to use Fiber connections versus Ethernet

Explanations and instances of when and why to use Fiber versus Ethernet

Instances in which you would choose fiber runs or fiber patch cables versus Ethernet runs or Ethernet patch cables:

  • Distance limitations

Standards for cable distance recommend that Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6a cables have a maximum cable segment run length of 100 meters or 328 feet.

If you realize a run is over the 100 meter limit, a fiber run would be applicable over Ethernet

  • Environmental limitations

Extreme heat, Electromagnetic interference, vibration & condensation all play roles in choosing the proper media and cable types for an industrial environment.

There are choices for Fiber and Ethernet patch cables that will accommodate all of the above environmental conditions.