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The Ultimate Wire Hider
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One thing that I'll add is that there are various standards, formats, and sizes when it comes to fiber. Unless you are terminating the cables, your efforts would be futile. Whatever you install today might be obsolete tomorrow simply because the original manufacturer might not be in existence by then or they might have changed to a different system making it impossible to get a termination kit and connectors.
 
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Optical has its purpose for a backbone (as inner stated) if you are running a connection all the way out to your detached garage on rural land where the house is 400 feet away.

But if you are thinking of optical cable because you want to future-proof the house, the best thing to do is run smurf tube. Run 1 or 2 3/4" pipes on the opposite sides of each room and hook it up to a single gang box. Run all of your upper rooms into the attic and run the main/lower level pipes into an unfinished area of the basement. Then run a couple of 2" pipes from the unfinished part of the basement to the attic and to the garage.
 

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It is overkill.

'Fiber to the Home' was a concept that the phone company was going to roll out over 30 years ago until the government stepped in and broke up the monopoly. Not long before that point in time, Ma Bell owned every single telephone in America and they were about to be the only cable TV company.

Of course that gave a lot of people the scary "big brother" scenario and they had to put their plans on hold until other competitors could get into the market. So having said all of that, anyone with a house that's 30 years old isn't really that far behind the technology curve.

5e will do well for the next 30 years.
 
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