Using a fibre uplink, one device can be connected to a network, or a LAN can be connected to a larger network. Switches, hubs and routers often have a specified port as the uplink connection. Switches with fibre uplink ports are a frequent choice for the installer of professional LAN applications. Fibre is the preferred medium when connections travel over greater distances, require security and need reduced electromagnetic interference. Fibre also supports 1GB or 10GB bandwidth, and network expansions using fibre are deemed more future-proof. Single or multi-mode fibre optic cable is available for linkage, in a number of grades.
Fibre Uplink Connections on Switches
Some professionals consider fibre uplink connections on switches as providing the potential for a greater return on investment. Switches can be found with built-in fibre ports or copper ports. The technical specifications for the port will dictate how a router, or other equipment, will be connected to the uplink. Fibre connections on switches can help to increase the throughput and response times of those applications that place heavier demands on a network. The 1GB fiber uplinks are often used to increase bandwidth for database, video, voice and other applications.
Gigabit and 10GB Switches with Fibre Uplinks
Designated SFP and SFP+ ports are found on Gigabit and 10GB switches with fibre uplinks for high speed performance. Switches can come with varying counts of 100/1000-Mbps fibre-supported, SFP or SFP+ ports. Either fibre or high-grade copper network cable can be used for 10GB transmission speeds in the enterprise environment. Switches with both copper and fibre port options offer SMB flexibility, while the latest generation switches with fiber ports for 1GB or 10GB Ethernet meet the needs of the data centre. At Comms Express, we support businesses as they establish high speed innovation.