Your Guide to Optical Network Terminals

In today’s world, we’re constantly surrounded by the latest technology developments and findings. There’s a lot to keep track of, and it would be impossible for all of us to keep tabs on each type of technology available to us.

Of course, we’re aware of the big ones, like the latest Apple products and new Microsoft releases, but what about smaller pieces of technology that are still highly valuable? You may not realize it, but there’s a whole world of products available to you that can completely change the way you live life that you probably aren’t even aware of.

In this week’s UGrid Network blog, we’re discussing something called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT). You may or may not have heard of it, but we’re here to explain what it is, what it does, and how it can help you.

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What Is an ONT?

An Optical Network Terminal, also known as ONT, is an outlet to the internet. In essence, this little box serves as a termination point for your connection.

It’s the ONT’s job to convert the signals from fiber-optic light into copper and electric signals. An ONT allows you to plug your internal network equipment, using ethernet cables, into a high-speed fiber-optic network. Typically, your ONT unit is located on the side of your house or in your garage. Each unit has power cords that are connected to a site through a power supply.

Is an ONT the Same Thing as a Modem?

Technically, an ONT is not the same thing as a modem. However, when it comes to fiber-optic Internet, an ONT acts similar to a modem, as it communicates with your Internet service provider (ISP), similarly to a modem.

There are three different types of modems which include telephone (dial-up), DSL modems, and cable modems. ONT does not fall within either of these three categories, and therefore is not officially considered to be the same thing as a modem.

To put it simply, a modem converts digital signals to analog, and vice versa, while an Optical Network Terminal (ONT), is similar to a modem, but is only found in fiber-optic network connections.

If you have a fiber-optic connection and therefore an ONT, you will not need a separate modem to communicate with your ISP, and actually, it wouldn’t work even if you did. Similarly to a modem, your ONT communicates directly with your ISP, but instead of working like a modem, it communicates through infrared light pulses and fiber-optic wiring.

How to Find an Optical Network Terminal That’s Right for You?

When it comes to selecting an Optical Network Terminal, the choices can be a little overwhelming. However, you want to look for something high-quality, as this is going to play a large part in determining the speed and efficiency of your network connection.

There are many options, so it’s important you rely on an experienced professional to help you make your selection. Our team at UGrid Network has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. We’ve got what it takes to help you make a decision that will be right for you and your network.
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