ProLabs OM5 fiber patch cables are optimized for the growing needs of today’s data centers.

ProLabs OM5 fiber patch cables are optimized for the growing needs of today’s data centers. OM5, or wide-band multimode fiber, is designed to accommodate bidirectional and wavelength division multiplexing technology utilized in data centers around the world.

OM5 is especially optimized to support bidirectional (40G-SR-BD and 400G-SR4.2) and wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) technologies over multimode fiber by opening a wider spectral range to 840nm to 953nm. OM5 cable links offer longer supported distances for these technologies and OM5 patch cables are backwards compatible with older OM4/OM3/etc. standards.

Multimode Fiber Standards – Maximum Fiber Link Distances

Multimode Fiber Type Data Rate / Maximum Fiber Link Distances
1Gbps 10Gbps 40/100Gbps 400Gbps
OM1 300m 30m n/a n/a
OM2 600m 150m n/a n/a
OM3 1000m 300m 100m 100m
OM4 1100m 550m 150m 150m
OM5 1100m 550m 150m 150m


OM5 support for bidirectional and WDM transceiver technologies

Transceiver Technology Connectors Fiber Pairs OM3 OM4 OM5
40G-SR-BD LC 1 (2 fibers) 100m 150m 200m
40G-SWDM4 LC 1 (2 fibers) 240m 350m 440m
100G-SR-BD LC 1 (2 fibers) 70m 100m 150m
100G-SWDM4 LC 1 (2 fibers) 75m 100m 150m
400G-SR4.2 MPO-12 4 (8 fibers) 70m 100m 150m

ProLabs OM5 patch cables are available in standard lengths from 1m to 50m and in standard connectors configurations including:

  • LC to LC
  • LC to SC
  • LC to CS
  • LC to MPO-12
  • LC to MPO-16

Source: ProLabs.