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A Brief History of Fiber Optics

A Brief History of Fiber OpticsFiber optic cabling has quickly become the standard for communications, and is essential to the success of the modern Internet. Despite its prevalence today, it took many years of research and development before fiber optic cabling was truly ready to replace copper wire that had been the standard for decades. Let’s explore the history of fiber optics.

Early telephone communications were all a result of analog signals being transmitted through copper wire or, in limited cases, via radio waves. In fact, this was the technology underlying most communications for more than 100 years. Still, throughout much of this time, attempts were being made to develop viable options for digital transmission.

While the idea of digital phone signals can be traced back to at least the 1930s, as the Engineering and Technology History Wiki notes, it was not until the 1960s that technology had evolved enough to make digital communications a realistic option. It was also during the 1960s that the concept of using fiber for telecommunications began to be considered.

The first concepts looked at laser light, but the problem was that any kind of precipitation or interference between the transmission and receiver locations would interrupt the signal. In the 1980s, researchers to develop fiber optic cable that used glass fibers to carry light signals for long distances. Following this achievement, fiber optic cables began to be installed around the world by the mid-1980s.

In the years since, fiber optic quality and technology has continued to improve and fiber optics has largely replaced copper wire for telecommunications. As the adoption of fiber optic technology has become more widespread, the available data speed has also increased considerably. The Internet as we know it today would not be possible without fiber optic technology.

Muth Technology is a voice and data cabling contractor serving the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and other locations throughout the region. Our skilled staff is ready to make your data communications project a success. We provide a variety of voice and data cabling services, including fiber optic cable installation and maintenance work. Contact us today by calling 605-334-3232 and learn how we can help with your technology needs.

The Internet of Things and Your Office

The Internet of Things and Your Office

The Internet of Things is a concept that many Americans have started using in their homes over the course of the last few years – perhaps without even realizing it. The Internet of Things refers to a wide range of different “smart devices,” including thermostats, security systems, lighting and more, that have Internet connectivity thatContinue Reading

Understanding Data: What Governs the Speed of Your Connection?

Speed is something that’s important to just about everyone who uses a computer. Whether you use your computer for business purposes and need fast downloads and uploads to keep everything running smoothly or you use your computer for fun to watch TV shows and movies on Netflix, a speedy connection is absolutely essential. But mostContinue Reading

Work More Efficiently at Home in 2017

Work More Efficiently at Home in 2017

Muth Technology offers small business and home network setups to help you get more work done more efficiently. Our connectivity solutions will help configure and wire your home office to be more connected and efficient, so when you work from home, you’ll have the same capabilities and connections that you’d normally have at work. NoContinue Reading

A Closer Look at Data Cabling

Even while wireless technologies take us further and further away from our desks and our homes and allow us the freedom to connect without a cable, wired connections are still vital to making everything work. Without wired connections, many of our internet connections would never make it to their destinations and would take much longer.Continue Reading

Li-Fi: The Latest New Wireless Technology

There’s a new player in the internet game, and it’s called Li-Fi. Li-Fi is a new LED-based communications technology that delivers a high-speed mobile communication in a similar way to current Wi-Fi, but it uses light rather than radio waves to send signals and data, according to information from pureLiFi, a new company working to developContinue Reading

Why Are Our Certifications Important?

We’re extremely proud here at Muth Technology of our industry certifications, but consumers don’t always know why those certifications are so important in today’s complex global marketplace. Let’s take a look at what certification covers and how it helps us to provide the best service possible to our customers. By participating in standards development activitiesContinue Reading

What’s the Difference Between Cat5 and Cat6 Cables?

We live in a world of cables. You have cables to recharge your phone, to connect your TV to your DVD player, etc. Gaming console devices use cables, too. Over time, different types of cables have come and gone and there are three types of cables you should know about right now: Category 5 (CAT5),Continue Reading

Why Should I Use Fiber Optics?

Do you remember the days of “dial-up,” where it would take quite a while to download something from the Internet? These days, speed is king, and computers have come a long way in a short time with what they can handle. Our digital (computerized) world exists thanks to advances in technology and fiber optics. MuthContinue Reading

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