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  1. #1
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    Fiber vs. Copper

    Why do some hosts advertise they have such great bandwidth and then come to find out they're hosting off of some copper lines?

    Was speaking with a local host earlier this week who has 70-100MBps coming into their facility for their internet service side of the business and he was putting us down. Then come to find out, they have copper sprint lines coming in. Wow! Now I can easily turn around and put him down! woo!

    Why would folks even consider going copper anymore? Break the bank and put in a fiber drop!
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    Cline Communications, Corp.
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  2. #2
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    Ummm, honestly, what's wrong with copper? I know in many places fiber is far from readily available.
    Karl Zimmerman - Steadfast: Managed Dedicated Servers and Premium Colocation
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  3. #3
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    There's no difference between fibre and copper for many applications

    Why would you even reject a host based on the fact the used copper instead of fibre?

  4. #4
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    It's called disinformation and FUD, copper is actually better in some circumstances than Fiber.
    Karl Austin :: KDA Web Services Ltd.
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  5. #5
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    Originally posted by KDAWebServices
    It's called disinformation and FUD, copper is actually better in some circumstances than Fiber.
    such as?

  6. #6
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    Originally posted by tpetersen
    such as?
    Short runs, often moved cables, fibre is generally more expensive to interface with although it's pretty low these days cost wise.

  7. #7
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    Fiber also takes more terminating skill, anyone can do a Cat5, terminating Fiber isn't so easy - well, if you want a decent termination it's not. Installation considerations such as bend radius etc. etc. to consider.

    Don't get me wrong, Fiber is great, it's pretty much the future for nearly all coms, but just not for 100%.
    Karl Austin :: KDA Web Services Ltd.
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