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DAC vs. AOC: What's the Difference?

Direct attach cables (DACs) and active optical cables (AOCs) are common network cabling options for switches and racks. They are both preassembled cables using familiar transceiver form factors on each end. Much like transceivers, they’re available in a variety of speeds, distances, and configurations. DACs and AOCs are plug and play, which means you can upgrade your network without the added complexity of fiber cabling, making them very useful for data centers and enterprises.

But what are the specific differences between them and which one should you prioritize for your network?

In this video, you'll learn:

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