Why aren’t more AV projects using fiber communications? Are we just afraid of getting cut by the leading edge of technology, or are there legitimate reasons? Maybe there are just some myths out there that keep us from shifting from copper wire to fiber.

Myth #1: Fiber is too expensive.
This is usually the number-one concern. Advancements in termination make fiber faster and easier to install, saving on labor, as well as the smaller and less-expensive conduit – compared to standard cable.
Myth #2: Fiber is too fragile.
It’s made of glass right? Actually the allowed pulling tension on fiber is much higher than standard cable, and it can handle the same tight turns.
Myth #3: You can’t send power over fiber.
Oh yes, you can! Fiber optic cabling with an added low voltage “power pair” is now readily available, making it clean and simple.

The full version of this article, written by Tim Heneveld, appears on the Fiberplex Technologies, LLC blog.

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ABD Engineering and Design

ABD Engineering and Design is one of North America’s leading independent acoustical consulting and AV design firms, serving clients across the United States and Canada, as well as other international markets from offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Portland, OR. Our specialized acoustical engineering and AV design practices help architects, building owners, engineers, facility directors, and municipalities design spaces, environments, and systems for optimal acoustical and audiovisual performance. Our consulting practice areas specialize in all aspects of architectural acoustics, environmental and industrial noise and vibration control, and audiovisual systems design.

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