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Old 01-02-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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It seems like technology has stood still. We are still using twisted-pair for networking, and adsl or dialup over 20'th century pairs to connect to each other. While widespread fiber optic may be way off, has anyone installed local networks at home using fiber? I can see a future where fiber optic goes right to the PC through a special port. Does anyone think this will be in our lifetime?
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Twisted pair can support 1GB to the desktop (and who knows... maybe more, I think when GigE first came out, they said Fiber was necessary... maybe you can support more at very short distances)... do you need more at home? You can run 10G with fiber if you like... that technology has been around for awhile, but you have to pay for it. I don't know too many 10G drops to a desktop.....yet.

As for WAN connections... I haven't used ADSL/dialup for over 10 years now. I know its availability is geographically based... but many have been using broadband connections for quite sometime now.

Having said all that.... the U.S. is way behind the rest of the world in terms of technology/communications though. I think much of it has to do with our stable infrastructure....
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Location: Ohio
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You could do it now, but it'll cost a fortune, since fiber networking hardware is priced for enterprise users who are interconnecting servers.

It'll be at least a decade before consumer Internet connection speeds in the US catch up with the maximum speed of Category 5e cabling. That's why there's no great push to cable homes with fiber.
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