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Week 4 DQ 1
Chapter 2 of Telecom Essentials describes various traditional transmission media. PICK ONE,
and only ONE type media and answer the DQ:
Briefly describing the benefits of the physical media type you chose.
Briefly compare and contrast the media you chose with the others covered in the chapter.
Describe why a business would choose this media. Be specific.
Answer:
The media type that I picked is fiber optics. Fiber optics have been around for such a long time
that few people realize that this technology has been around for well over 200 years. Know this
does not mean that the fiberoptics cord or connections has been around that lon, but the idea has.
There are many benefits to using fiber over Cat5. The first one that I can think of is the security
of the line. Fiber optics can be tapped into, however this is not as see as it seems and if done
incorrectly will break the line thus severing any communication. On the other hand CAT5 can
easily be spliced and tapped into meaning that the connection and information can be stolen with
ease compared to the fiber lines. Another benefit is that speed that this product can provide from
multi mode to single mode fiber that are both a fast option that can get communication going for
any company. CAT5 is a good medium to use for networking, but this is not as fast as the fiber
lines.
The one major benefit that fiber provides any company that has the funds to buy it is the speed
that it offers. In the world that we live in today everyone is looking for the next best thing and
fiber provides one of the fastest speeds when it comes to networking. This is one aspect that
helps corporations communicate over long distances as well. The other great aspect of fiber is the
fact that it is not as susceptible to ease dropping as CAT5 so this means that it provides some
security with it and this is should be important to any company.
The bottom line is that fiber optics offer great speeds and security for any network and
corporation that implements it as long as they have the funds to buy it because it does not come
cheap.

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