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Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 9:12 PM

Coaxial connection from ONT to router

Does AT&T have an ONT with coax out to the router. My home has coax cabling from where the ONT should be to where the router has to be (from where there's wired ethernet to other rooms). Using the "regular" ethernet out ONT means I'd have to run a Cat6 cable from the ONT to the router, which would be a lot of work.

I know that Fiber to Coax can add a few milliseconds of latency but it's a compromise I'd be willing to make.

Thanks

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ACE - Expert

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35K Messages

3 months ago

AT&T will no longer use coax.  Your data will either be on fiber or on Cat5e or better twisted pair using the Ethernet protocol.

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3 months ago

Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us. We understand your concern regards to connecting from ONT to router. We are here to help!

 

Just to clarify please let us know which ONT model are you using?

 

Check out this ⁠PDF file, about installation guide to connect ONT properly.

 

Let us know if this helps, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions

 

Thank you.

Mike Community Forums Specialists.

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3 months ago

Thank you, JefferMC. I knew that was their "standard" connection, but I was wondering if the coax was a possibility. It will be a hassle to run either fiber or Cat5e/Cat6 from the ingress point in my garage to the distribution panel in the laundry room where the gateway will be. Even if AT&T does it, I'm assuming it will be surface "wired".

The connection I have from the ingress point to the distribution panel is a coax cable installed in-wall by the house builder. That works for me now because I currently have cable internet. I'm considering changing to AT&T Fiber and I wanted to avoid running new cabling (or fiber) if possible.

It looks like it isn't...

ACE - Expert

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3 months ago

AT&T currently installs a combination Gateway / ONT (the BGW320) for fiber service.  Unless a special situation applies, there is no separate ONT.  If the "garage" environmental conditions support it, you could put the BGW320 in the Garage and use a Ethernet -> MoCA bridge  and another Ethernet -> MoCA bridge in the laundry room to an Ethernet Switch and Wireless Access Point.  Or you could ask the installer about pulling the fiber to your laundry room (but don't get your hopes up too high).

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3 months ago

That's what I thought. I researched a few MoCA adapters and it will add about a $100 one time cost (for a pair), beside a few milliseconds latency to my internet. I guess I'll have to pick my poison.

With regards to AT&T pulling the fiber to my laundry room, why do you think I shouldn't get my hopes too high? Aren't they supposed to perform a complete installation?

I suppose that should include a fully functioning gateway INSIDE my home, not in the garage. If they can't or prefer not to pull the fiber there, shouldn't they install an ONT in the garage, pull Cat5e/Cat6 to the laundry and use a regular gateway (like the BGW210, Pace 5268, NVG589 or NVG599) instead of the BGW320 combo?

The cable or fiber pulling from the garage to the laundry room will not be that long (less than 50ft) and if surface "wired", shouldn't be much of a problem for a professional technician. The reason I didn't want it in the first place was to avoid unnecessary work and unsightly cabling running on my garage walls.

ACE - Expert

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3 months ago

If your laundry room is on an outside wall, or can be easily reached from underneath, yeah, they'd probably do that.  But they are not going to fish fiber in interior walls or crawl through an attic.  If you're okay with surface "wired" then maybe you'll be okay, but fiber needs a large bend radius, so no tight corners.

Or you could run the single mode fiber yourself from the garage "demarc" to the laundry room.

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