HOW DOES BANDWIDTH WORK?
Think of bandwidth like a freeway filled with cars traveling the same speed. To get more cars (your data) to the desired destination (your computer or device), you need a wider freeway (more bandwidth). Let’s say 1 Mbps is the equivalent to a 1 lane freeway and that you are trying to download an image, which is 5 Mbps in size. If you have bandwidth of 1 Mbps (1 lane freeway) it would take you roughly 5 seconds to download the image. If you have a 5 Mbps (bandwidth) connection, or a 5 lane freeway, that same image will take 1 second to download.
More bandwidth means that you’ll receive more data at the same time. In this example, you can download 5 images with the wider bandwidth in the same time you could download 1 with the narrower bandwidth. Now imagine what you could do with 1 Gig – 1000 Mbps of bandwidth!
DO I NEED A GIGABIT OF BANDWIDTH?
When is the last time you counted all of the internet-connected devices in your home? Think beyond just your computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Many of us now have smart TVs, smart home hubs like Google Home and Amazon Echo, video baby monitors, smart appliances, and IP security cameras, just to name a few. If you have children, the number of devices – and the strain it can put on your WiFi – grows exponentially.
Increasingly, consumers are using their Internet connections to view movies and television programs from content providers like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, in addition to a number of websites like YouTube and Facebook that provide video. Did you know one HD movie takes up as much bandwidth as 35,000 web pages!
In the meantime, a growing number of companies are offering “software as a service,” meaning you subscribe to applications over the web, rather than install them on your own computer. These “cloud computing” applications are now available for word processing, emailing, file backup, and a host of business and personal services.
A Gigabit Internet plan can handle all of these tasks and the myriad of devices in your home. Even a 15 Mbps connection can buffer if you’re watching HD streaming video on multiple devices. Please contact our Sales and Support Specialists about upgrading your internet speed.
WHAT’S IN A FIBER OPTIC CABLE?
The most common fiber cables are made of 5 layers:
- Core – The first and most important layer is the core. The core is made up of thousands of glass tubes bundled together and supported by a central strength element (e.g. a metal rod).
- Cladding – The second layer of a fiber optic cable is the protective sheath called cladding. This increases the core’s total internal reflection to prevent data loss.
- Plastic Coating – Plastic coating is wrapped around the fiber optic cable to reinforce the core and cladding for the third layer.
- Strengthening Fibers – The fourth layer of the cable is made of strengthening fibers for added support.
- Cable Jacket – Finally, the layers are wrapped in a cable jacket to protect against elements. This outer layer is found on every cable and wire.
HOW DO FIBER OPTICS TRANSMIT DATA?
Your data signals go through three steps when being transmitted by fiber optics. Let’s take a liking a post on Facebook for example:
After clicking “like” on your friend’s witty post, that action becomes an electric data signal sent to your internet transmitter. The transmitter then converts the data into a light signal by changing its pulse and intensity.
Light signals travelling long distances pass through regenerators along the way that give boosts to avoid attenuation (loss of signal strength).
Thanks to the boosts, the strong signal arrives at the destination attenuation-free. The destination’s transmitter receives the signal and decodes it back to digital format to complete the transmission. You have officially liked that Facebook post!