An Overview of Different Types of Stainless Steel Micro Armor Cables

December 2022

Did you know that you can suspend fiber optic cables in the air, bury them in the ground, or lay them on the ocean floor?

Our infrastructure, from utility lines to internet cables, is the unsung bedrock of modern society. Without these crucial lines, vital systems would cease to function. But anyone who has worked with cables knows how fragile their contents tend to be.

Fiber optic cables are known for their extreme fragility. Fortunately, a stainless steel micro armor cable by Tinifiber gives these cables the strength they need for any application. There are different types of micro armor fiber cable, each of which has unique properties to suit a specific application.

Keep reading as we review the types of micro armor fiber optic cable.

Why Use Tinifiber Cables?

Many companies, such as Houston Wire (, Cleerline Fiber (, and Omni Cable ( make their own version of armored cables. The most common is the aluminum interlock armor (AIA) fiber optic cable.

These cables are bulky and sturdy, which gives you the false impression that they’re good long-term solutions.

The problem is that these cables are heavy, difficult to install, and yet fail to provide the best protection. That means you’ll spend more money and get less bang for your buck.

Tinifiber armored fiber optic cable, on the other hand, solves all of those issues. It’s 75% smaller compared to the same AIA, as well as being 65% lighter overall.

Being smaller and lighter does not mean that the Tinifiber lacks strength or durability. It is more reliable and durable than all other competing suppliers of fiber optic cable. Our fiber cable manufacturer means you can rest assured your cables won’t need a replacement for a long time to come.

These cables are also proofed against:

  • Rodents and pests
  • Crush damage
  • Chemical erosion
  • Water damage
  • Pressure applied during or after their installation

Tinifiber also reduces your installation costs, thanks to how much more maneuverable it is.

Stainless Steel Micro Armor Indoor Cable

One might assume that indoor cables can be your standard CAT6 cable, and you’re good to go. These cables run through walls, ceilings, and under the floor. All of these places are safe and free from moisture.

However, you’d be surprised how much the average cable deals with. Depending on the installation, a cable must still deal with unfavorable conditions that shorten its lifespan. Risks to cables may include the following:

  • Tight turns and bends that weaken the threads during initial installation
  • Damage from pests and rodents that nibble on the cables
  • Stress from underfoot cables used in temporary installations
  • Stress when people tug cables through their run before and after installation
  • Poor installation choices that subject a cable to additional stresses

Indoor cables tend to be the trickiest ones to install. It often proves difficult to replace the indoor cable if something goes wrong. This makes getting it right the first time paramount for an indoor cable.

Tinifiber indoor armored cables are tough, meaning there’s less margin for error during installation. They’re guaranteed to last a long time even when given rough treatment by contractors.

Outdoor Armored Fiber Cable

Outdoor cables have to be the toughest of the lot. They get direct exposure to UV rays, intense weather, and stress from their environment. Outdoor cables come in three varieties: aerial, duct, and direct burial cables.

Aerial Cables

Aerial cables run from telephone poles and pylons, or other overhead solutions. These cables still deal with incredible stress and damage from the following:

  • UV ray damage
  • Stress as the poles or pylons tug on the cables
  • Moisture from weather, and extreme temperatures from hot to cold
  • Signal interference from cell towers and anyone in the nearby vicinity

Tinifiber supplies aerial-only cables that can withstand all of these conditions.

Duct Cables

Duct cables run through designated pipes or ducts in the ground. While these cables do get protective coverings, they still have to be tough. Issues can include the following:

  • Moisture that leaks into the ducts
  • Stress as they are tugged during installation
  • Earthquake damage

Duct cables also provide an annoyance to remove and replace, so the installation must be good.

Direct Burial Cables

This is a stainless steel micro armor fiber optic cable with no duct or additional shielding when it goes into the ground. It needs to be able to withstand:

  • Dirt and grit
  • Moisture in the soil
  • Bacteria and pests that may erode the cable
  • Chemical spills that may interact with the jacket
  • Pressure from humans or vehicles that pass over

Indoor/Outdoor Cables

Sometimes, you need a stainless steel fiber cable that can do double duty. A cable that can suit any situation means you can adapt to a changing job. You may be unsure how much indoor and outdoor cable you need, so you can buy a cable that weathers either situation.

An indoor/outdoor stainless steel armored fiber optic cable combines the benefits of both, providing all-condition proofing that can fit in either camp. They’re still miles easier to install than the bulky AIA cable.

Hybrid Cables

Sometimes you need a stainless steel fiber optic cable that supplies power to your endpoint. This is a cable that includes fiber optics and a copper cable. Copper tends to be more durable, but even copper needs to be able to handle stress.

The stainless steel micro armor cable protects its fragile cargo, whether fiber optic or copper. These cables need to function at all times since replacement means removing the entire cable. However, this does reduce installation costs and saves money on purchasing two distinct cables.

Purchase Your Cables With Tinifiber

Tinifiber makes the industry-leading stainless steel micro armor cable. This cable is small, light, and durable enough for any situation. Do make sure to purchase the right cable type, as the properties of cables from aerial to hybrid will suit very different jobs.

Tinifiber supplies professionals in a wide range of industries. Visit our website and get a quote, or request a sample of our famous cables.


For more information on the benefits of using Tinifiber®, contact us at:

Micro Armor
Custom Cabling
Tools & Test


For more information on the benefits of using Tinifiber®, contact us at:


For more information on the benefits of using Tinifiber®, contact us at:



For more information on the benefits of using Tinifiber®, contact us at:

Have a question? Need Immediate Help?

Complete the form below or call us at 631-932-2253