Fiber optic cable and fiber-based installation accessories are commonly used to connect the network and/or audio-visual systems between
two remote buildings. Fiber provides several installation benefits, including:
- Signal transmission distances up to 12 miles point-to-point
- Immunity from RF interference, electrical interference, static electricity, power surges and lightning strikes
- Extremely fast data speeds thanks to the simultaneous transmission and receipt of signals; and
- Increased internet signal bandwidth.
Within the buildings, an indoor-rated riser or plenum jacketed cable is typically integrated. Between the buildings, an outdoor-rated or
direct burial cable is typically integrated. Outdoor-rated cables feature waterproof jacketing and are typically installed in conduit, whereas
direct burial cables feature an additional strength member (such as armoring) and are typically buried directly in the soil. If installing
conduit, a ½” or greater diameter is typically recommended for bare fiber optic cable and a 1” or greater diameter is typically recommended
for pre-terminated fiber optic cable assuming the connectors are staggered and wrapped.
Enclosures, such as indoor/outdoor wall-boxes with integrated couplers, typically connect the indoor and outdoor fiber optic cable runs.
They provide a secure transition point between cable types, manage excess cable service loops, and protect the small fiber optic strands.