Advantages of Passive Optical LAN
2022-12-27

Advantages of Passive Optical LAN

1. Larger?scale and scope

Compared with the basic equipment required by traditional LANs, passive optical LANs relatively reduce the number of cables and devices in network deployment. In the traditional LAN architecture, copper cables such as Cat6 are mainly used for data transmission, while the passive optical LAN uses single-mode optical fibers that are smaller, lighter, and less susceptible to interfaces as the main transmission medium. The network distance covered by the LAN is far greater than that of the traditional LAN. For the network deployment with long-distance transmission requirements, the passive optical LAN is undoubtedly a better choice. For example, the hotel industry uses the passive optical LAN architecture to make the network coverage to more rooms.


2. Higher efficiency and safety

Different from the traditional distributed LAN, the design of the passive optical LAN is more intelligent and can be managed centrally. All services can be delivered through a single basic device. On-site management of multiple devices, on the contrary, less human intervention can effectively reduce the possibility of human error, with higher efficiency and safety.


3. Energy saving and environmental protection

Due to the 'passive' nature, passive optical LAN does not require a power source and generates less heat than copper LAN, thereby reducing the need for traditional distribution frames and telecommunications rooms. The transition from the point-to-point architecture of traditional copper LAN to the point-to-multipoint architecture of passive optical LAN can reduce the energy waste generated by copper cables, aggregation switches or access switches. In addition, once the network deployment is completed, the passive optical LAN can cope with the technical progress in the next few years, and the Cat5, Cat6 or Cat7 copper cable network cables in the passive optical LAN architecture do not need to be replaced due to network upgrades. Frequent changes save more resources and costs.


4. Reduce installation and operating costs

Many people have a common misunderstanding about the cost of using traditional copper LAN and passive optical LAN. They think that the price of optical fiber cables is higher than that of copper cable network cables, so the cost of passive optical LAN wiring must be higher than that of traditional copper cable LANs. However, the facts In general, taking into account all the wire and equipment costs in the LAN wiring, and the later operation and maintenance costs, the cost of using a passive optical LAN will not be higher than that of a traditional copper LAN.

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