Copper is still commonly in use and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Equally as the technology around it evolves, its limitations have become more and more obvious. And fiber is proving its worth in terms of meeting the challenges set out before it.
Now is the Time for Fiber
Fiber is often considered to be the safest choice. It’s the most cost-effective option today that allows for a futureproofed AV system.
Here’s a few examples why fiber is a good choice for your business….
The thirst for bandwidth continues to grow as more advanced devices come online. Each new benchmark reached is a great milestone, but what we consider amazing speeds today will quickly be surpassed and considered slow.
CatX copper is limited to 10Gps on an unbent, perfectly installed line. Fiber’s bandwidth on the other hand is only limited by how hardware connected to the cable performs, not the cable itself so, it can adapt extremely well.
2. No Interference
Fiber means there are no metal connections that create interference. Metallic connection points create potential surge and noise interference, making copper a poorer choice.
Copper and Wi-Fi have limitations when it comes to distance. For the best possible audio and visual experience from one side of your premises to the other, fiber is the best option available. Copper is limited to relatively short distances while still being able to deliver decent speed and clarity.
Fiber’s versatility is possibly it’s best feature as it really helps future proof an AV installation. Fiber meets today’s standards and is also ready for the next.
This is a big win as you just need to put the infrastructure in place once rather than over and over again.
There is still some level of stigma towards fiber. Many people think wireless is the only game in town. However, for the most seamless connectivity over distances, fiber is hard to beat.
Another stigma is that fiber is expensive. The truth is, fiber infrastructure is becoming more affordable all the time and coming in line with copper, but with far more benefits. When you factor in fiber’s power of futureproofing, there really is no comparison to copper.
Ready to Make the Most of HDMI 2.1?
HDMI 2.1. isn’t fully here just yet, even though it was announced almost 2 years ago, but we are getting closer.
Rob Tobias, CEO and President of HDMI Licensing Administrator, recently explained the value of HDMI: “With the promise of increase in bandwidth from 18Gbps to 48Gbps—that increases the resolution into the 8K realm, and with an optional digitally lossless compression called DSC it can even get to 10K.”
The industry has caught up to 4K60 with 18Gbps. We’re not yet at 48Gbps, but we’re all looking forward to it. The single biggest benefit will be the dramatic increase in the level of detail.
Exciting times ahead for connectivity. If you want to make the most out of your AV installation, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.