Fiber Optic internet is quickly changing the way we use the internet. It is still the new entry in the internet, but the change it is bringing about to how we are and remain connected is like a revolution. This is a very strong opponent to the existing internet providers, especially DSL and cable, which holds the market’s lion share.
But change is coming and it’s all good news. If you are one of the lucky ones to have fiber network installed in your neighbourhood, or even know that it is in the pipeline for your area, then you should be prepared to have the internet equipment that can handle the super high speeds that will be coming your way.
Firstly, let’s get the basic details out of the way. Fiber optics use optical fibers which are extremely thin strands of either plastic or glass which transmit data via light pulses. These light pulses are then transformed into electrical data which can be then read by your electrical devices. What makes fiber optics so ideal for today’s connected world is that the speed data can be transmitted as well as the amount. A fiber optic cable could have two strands to hundreds of strands, each with the capacity to carry at least twenty five thousand calls. Imagine the amount of data that could be transmitted each second!
The light pulses in the cables bounce off the glass edges, keeping the light beam inside the glass strand instead of allowing it to escape.
The reason why fiber optics is so revolutionary is because it has done away with the conventional copper wiring and standard equipment that accompanies the older technology. As fiber optics is so different, you will probably need an overhaul on your internet equipment such as fiber optic modem and/or router.
Light can travel in many ways down that strand. The different paths the light beam takes is known as ‘modes’. It can shoot straight down the center of the strand, or it can bounce off at varying angles.
This is the simplest type of optic fiber and is relatively narrow in diameter. It is great for information sent at multi frequency due to a better transmission rate as well as covering fifty times the distance as compared to Multi Mode cables. It has a smaller core and eliminates any possibility of distortions due to the single light wave.
This has a larger width and offers high bandwidth over distances up to 2 kms. However, over longer distances, single mode is preferred as data transmission could be unclear or incomplete due to signal distortion caused by multiple light beams.
It goes without saying, that when you decide to buy your own fiber optic router, you’ll invariably get a better deal than what your ISP can offer. Each individual is different, so you shouldn’t settle for one standard router when you can buy something that will specifically cater to what you need.
This dual band router uses the latest wireless standard of 802.11AC and is accompanied with a huge variety of features that will make sailing the fiber speeds a breeze. The sleek matt black design with four external antennas looks like it’s ready to leap into warp speed, and that’s what it does for your home as well in terms of internet speed and performance.
The ASUS RT-AC88U is our Editor’s Pick for best fiber optic router for your home, due to the multiple management options it offers. The simple set up takes mere minutes, thanks to the Intuitive Set up Wizard. You have a choice in going through the process manually or using the wizard to get automatically set up.
In tests, the Asus RT-AC88U did really well, and the throughput at short distances – 5 feet – 10 feet was about 783Mbps. As we went further away from the router, the speed dropped a little, to 556Mbps at a distance of 30 feet, which showed a very reliable and good performance in range and coverage. While this was all on the faster 5GHz band, the 2.4GHz band also performed very well, with the throughput performance managing 328Mbps at a close range, with the speed dropping to 212Mbps at a distance of 30 feet.
The file transfer speeds were higher than average, delivering writing speeds of 33MBps faster than a few other tested routers. The read speed reached 40MBps, which was not great, but better than most.
With the ASUS RT-AC88U, you get the following features:
Not only is this affordably priced, but the Linksys WRT1900AC is also a powerful router that delivers. Unlike many of the other Linksys routers, this one proved its worth from Day One, and continues to be featured on our best routers list. This is a great router for those who are looking to access advanced features via custom firmware.
The router is great for users who don’t have a lot of tech background and this can be set up straight from the box, with instructions clearly given. You have the option to manage and control your home network remotely via a free Linksys Smart Wifi account through its Web interface,
Having 3x3 stream model, this router features 4 antennas that helps to deliver a total combined speed of 1900Mbps on both bands. Actual speeds varied, and when placed on the Auto setting, the wireless performance delivers great results. We received 585Mbps on the 5GHz band at a close range, with the speed falling to 351Mbps at a distance of 30 feet. The 2.4GHz band delivered speeds of 242Mbps at a close range, with the speed dropping to 186Mbps at a distance of 30 feet.
The range on this router is brilliant, with us catching a signal at a distance of 230 feet. Even when the BlueGadgetTooth team decided to test file transfer speeds, it could handle the immense load with no disconnected or dropped connections.
The NAS performance on the Linksys WRT1900AC is impressive, with speeds reaching 112MBps for reading and 82MBps for writing data, via an Ethernet gigabit connection.
If you’re looking to get a kick out of your fiber connection, and want a fiber optic router, this is the one to go for. In terms of performance, it knocks every other router and leaves them lagging far behind. It is a powerhouse of performance, which is why it has been featured as our High performance option for a fiber optic connection.
This tri band router really took our BlueGadgetTooth world by storm, delivering speeds of 921Mbps at close range, with the speed averaging out to 842Mbps at a distance of 30 feet on the 5GHz band. The 2.4GHz band delivered speeds of 532Mbps at close range, with the speed averaging out to 333Mbps at a distance of 30 feet. Keeping in mind the amount of walls, this router had a good range of 180 feet.
If speed is your thrill, and performance is what you need from your fiber optic router, this wins hands down.
While fiber optic service is still not as widespread as cable, it is getting there, and this is the way of the future. With faster speeds, you can get a lot more done, without wasting time. In today’s world, time is money, and these three fiber optic routers are a great investment for your money, by allowing you to actually get the amazing speeds that you are subscribing to with fiber optic service.
You may get a default fiber optic modem or fiber optic router with your connection from your ISP, but why settle for something average when you have access to something extraordinary. It’s time to boost your networks performance, and reading through the guide to check what features make a difference to your network and why will help you understand the reasons why buying your own fiber optic router is a good path to walk down on.
All in all, it’s a move you won’t regret, simply because you’ll be getting more than what you asked for.
Hey, it's Tomas here! I'm the founder and chief editor here at BlueGadgetTooth. After spending hours explaining my parents how to hook up their Internet, why it's being so slow etc. I decided to start this blog to help people with their gadgets and questions about technology.