IFSM 370 7980 Telecommunications in Information Systems_Week 2 Discussions

Week 2 Discussion

Available: Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00 AM EDT – Monday, November 5, 2018 12:15 AM EST.


Assume you were building a new home. Your family has five computers and a printer that you want to put on a high-speed network. What kind of cabling would you use in your home? Coaxial, Cat 5e, 6, 7, fiber? Remember, it’s a new construction–so you can put in whatever you want. Why did you choose the type of cabling that you did?

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Sample Answer (Don’t copy this, You should order yours)

The ideal home network solution is one that combines both wired (WiFi access points) and wired technologies. For my case I would use the fiber cables for the wired part, more specifically plastic optical fiber. The major reason for this is plastic optical fibre is inexpensive (Ciordia, 2015). It is also has a high tolerance to bending and is easy to install and manipulate and therefore it can be defined as a do-it-yourself network (Ciordia, 2015). Another reason why I would choose, plastic optical fiber is that it is limited to 10 Gbps and in a home network this is sufficient (Ciordia, 2015). There are other reasons why I would choose to use plastic optical fiber but this are general reasons associated with fiber cables. One such example is they are resistant to electromagnetic interference as fiber optic transmission is in most cases considered to be virtually noise free. Another reason is compared to other cabling methods, they are a low security risk and as a result I can consider my data much more secure. This is largely due to the fact that they do not leak electromagnetic energy which means there is no listening in (FS.COM, 2018). Finally, fiber cables accommodate an increase in bandwidth much more easily in case I ever want to increase the number of computers form five.


Ciordia, O. (2015). Advantages of Gigabit POF in Home Networks. Fibre Systems. Retrieved from https://www.fibre-systems.com/white-paper/advantages-gigabit-pof-home-networks

FS.COM. (2018). The Advantages and Disadvantages of Fiber Optic Transmission. Retrieved from https://www.fs.com/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-fiber-optic-transmission-aid-431.html

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