This wasn’t in the budget

Which of these cables would be the best choice for a 500 meter Ethernet link between campus buildings?

A) Single-mode fiber


C) Multi-mode fiber


E) Just hand me a roll of tin foil and some barbed wire

The answer: C) Multi-mode fiber

Multi-mode fiber is often seen on Ethernet connections under 2 kilometers, and STP/UDP is generally limited to 100 meters. Although a single-mode connection would support much longer distances, the cost is relatively more expensive.

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