Fiber Optic Cabling, Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Installing Fiber Connections From Building to Building – Part 1

Businesses with FTTB (Fiber to the Building) have a direct fiber optical connection to the Internet backbone. This allows them to utilize digital technologies and applications now and in the future.

For facilities made up of several structures, including industrial parks and corporate, school or government campuses, FTTB is just the initial step for establishing building-to-building fiber connections.


FTTB delivers the Internet to your entrance. This is either directly into a single point within a building or to a shared property location like a street cabinet.


Future-Proof With Fiber Optical


The installation of fiber for building-to-building connections is crucial for fully benefiting from the greater bandwidth and higher speeds that fiber optical networks offer. In addition fiber optic cabling supports various wavelengths and protocols, including ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), Ethernet, Fiber Channel, and Modbus.


When considering your organization’s network infrastructure, industry experts recommend installing fiber for Smart Buildings and transitioning to cloud applications. Digitization will generate opportunities to maximize the value of network infrastructure. Thus, companies should ensure their networks can scale with the applications of the future while avoiding costly add-ons.


Basics of Building-to-Building Connections


Utilizing fiber optic cabling and transceivers can facilitate the extension of your LAN (local area network) into another building or build a campus-wide network. Below is a simple step-by-step example.


Building-to-Building Connection Example


  • Building 1 is connected to the fiber backbone.
  • Building 2 that is adjacent does not have a connection.
  • Install an SC multimode transceiver at both ends, and multimode fiber optic cable will deliver the network from Building 1 to Building 2.


Some switches may be already equipped with transceivers. However, if Building 1 does not have this, then the next steps should be:


  • Connect the Building 1 transceiver via Ethernet port to the network switch.
  • Connect the Building 1 transceiver via multimode fiber optic cable to the Building 2 transceiver.
  • Connect the Building 2 transceiver to a new switch via Ethernet port.


The steps above should provide the same network resources of Building 1 to Building 2.


Part 2 will cover Connecting Fiber Between Buildings, Cabling & Pathways, and Hardware Connections.


Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.