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Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastic Optical Fiber


  • The materials which POF is made up of are low-cost and the installation with associated assemblies is not expensive.
  • It is flexible and solid, able to bend farther without breakage.
  • The network using plastic optical fiber can be installed by untrained personnel. Even home users can handle and install these fibers.
  • Plastic optical fibers use harmless green or red light that is easily visible towards the eye. They are safe when installed in a house without risk to inquisitive children.


  • The signal attenuation and dispersion of POF are typically very high, hence it is limited to short distances.
  • POF can not withstand the extreme temperature as glass optical fiber does.



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