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You are planning a network installation on the floor of a manufacturing facility, and you expect the network run will be less than 100 meters. Which of these cabling types will be the best choice to guarantee that the manufacturing equipment will not electrically interfere with the network link?

A) STP copper

B) Multimode fiber

C) Single-mode fiber

D) UTP copper

E) I hope we are manufacturing cookies or some type of cupcake

The answer: B) Multi-mode fiber

Third-party equipment can often interfere with copper cabling, even when that cabling has additional shielding. To guarantee that no electrical interference will be a problem, you must use a fiber connection. If the connection is less than 2 kilometers, a best-practice is to use less-expensive multimode fiber over single-mode fiber.

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