Fiber Optic Technology has been around for decades now, and is the go to media, at this point, for network backbones and other high demand applications, as it generally offers significantly greater bandwidth than traditional copper chords.
The main obstacle that has remained to widespread adoption of fiber optic networking has been extremely high precision demands and delicate construction that came along with the media. Copper Ethernet cables are able to withstand a lot of punishment, and even a damaged cable may not stop it as long as the copper connection is intact.
Fiber optic cables on the other hand, have to be treated much more carefully and damages with the cables can make it useless. Also, the interfaces on either end of the cable have often been required to be very expensive, highly complex transceivers that required a large amount of intricate configuration to perform optimally.
With Cisco’s GLC-LH-SM fiber optic transceivers, those challenges are a thing of the past. Here are three ways that the GLC-LH-SM transceivers make fiber optic networking very possible.
One of the best things about these transceivers is that there is no configuration needed for them to begin functioning, and offers internal calibration to optimize data throughput. External calibration is also available for more demanding applications, where required.
Another thing that makes these transceivers so great is that they are truly hot swappable, a major development in fiber optic technology. Previously, a transceiver failure generally meant a lengthy amount of downtime, and the new transceiver itself would need to be configured and other major network components would have to be taken offline to prepare for installation of the new transceiver. With the GLC-LH-SM, you just pull the inoperative unit, pop in the replacement, and you network is back online and ready to go.
They also have a Single or Multimode operations, whether you need a network solution that covers a long distance, or you need the huge bandwidth fiber optic, this transceiver has you covered. Single mode allows data transmission over distances exceeding 10km, useful for very large research facilities, hospitals, or university campuses. And multimode opens the data floodgates, giving you maximum throughput upwards of 1.25 Gbps.
The GLC-LH-SM fiber optic transceiver makes it so much easier to incorporate fiber optic technology into you network. It does this, simply, by making it just as easy as it is to incorporate a traditional Ethernet router. Cisco has delivered a product with versatility, opening the playing field in regards to what applications can be served by Fiber Optics.