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Improve AV Distribution with Fiber

by Teddi Strassburger on January 29, 2019

AdobeStock_50894848Fiber enables connectivity in a variety of environments. With the success of your business depending on the speed and bandwidth of your network, you must demand the best. Regardless of the application, the quality of the cable used will determine how much data is transmitted quickly and dependably. Did you know a fiber infrastructure can offer many benefits over twisted-pair cabling for AV applications? Let's look at a few of the top benefits. 

  • Futureproofing
    • When you're installing anything in your building, you want it to last for a while! Standards for AV distribution are constantly changing, and with improving video quality (to 4K and beyond) and the addition of HDR and deep color information, it's important for the technology being used to distribute that video to be ready for today's standards and the standards of the future. Traditional copper networks are likely not going to be able to keep up, but fiber can handle 25 Gbps and beyond. With fiber, you don't have to worry about replacing the cable as video evolves - just change a few components and you're good to go. 
  • Longer Distances
    • Copper can encounter issues transmitting data at 100m/330ft. So what do you do when you need to transmit over longer distances? Fiber is the solution, and it's perfect for tons of AV applications, including campus-wide AV systems, large conference centers and lecture halls. Think of how far your message can go when you don't have to worry about distance limitations! 
  • Better Performance
    • The last thing you want when you're setting up your AV system is even the possibility of interference. Electrical signals pick up noise, especially from other AV cables, but also from radio frequency, lightning strikes, temperature variations or electromagnetic interference. Fiber cables, though, are immune! You don't have to worry about interference with fiber cables, so you'll see better performance from your AV system. 
  • More Lightweight
    • With everything you have to take into consideration when installing an AV system, anything that can ease the process helps. Smaller and lighter fiber cables are easier and faster to transport and install than copper cables. 

So, that's the short version of why fiber can improve AV distribution! Now that we've gone through those benefits, it's time to determine the best kind of fiber for your AV system. You'll need to take into consideration where and how the cable is being used, as well as what kind of technology will be used within your AV system. Belden offers a full range of fiber solutions ideal for AV systems. Accu-Tech can help with this process - we know fiber and AV, and we know Belden. Give us a call or send us a message, and we'll walk you through your options. 


Topics: fiber Belden av

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