Experimenting with Residential Fibre

We have a need to expand our home network and to place another switch in the house. Normally I would run a CAT-6 cable and call it job done, but I thought I try something different and run a fibre optic cable.

My existing UniFi Switch 24 POE-250W already has 2 SFP ports, which supports fibre if I purchase the appropriate transceivers. I decided to buy the Unifi 1 Gbps multimode SFP modules (Ubiquiti U Fiber Multi-Mode SFP 1G – UF-MM-1G) just to make sure there are no compatibility issues. There was no point in getting a pair of 10Gbps transceivers because the Unifi Switch can only handle 1 Gbps any ways.

Since I only have one switch that has SFP ports, I needed to buy another device that will receive SFP port and bridge it to a standard RJ45 connection. I found a nice little converter called the TP-Link MC220L Gigabit Media Converter. This worked perfectly.

I already decided to use the more popular multimode vs single mode fibre operation, so I went and got hold of 50M of OM3 Duplex 50/125 fibre cable (Jeirdus 50M LC to LC 10G OM3 Indoor Armored Duplex 50/125 Fiber Optic Cable).

Fibre from UniFi Switch going into the TP-Link Converter and then out to another normal NetGear Gigabit Switch

The only confusing part was the different types of fibre connectors that are out there, and whether to go with single vs multi-mode. Apparently most installations are using LC (Lucent Connector), which is the type that I went with. There was no need for me to go with single mode because I don’t need kilometres of cables.

Fibre connectors galore!

Everything worked like a charm. It was much easier than I thought. So step into the light and give fibre a try!

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