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Tue, Sep 21, 2021 3:05 PM

Installation question with BGW320 and fiber port on gateway

Hi there... A friend of mine that lives nearby is looking to get AT&T Fiber installed in the coming weeks, but we have a question. 

While looking online at the new router/gateway that AT&T is using (BGW320), we noticed that it has a port for connecting the fiber directly to it, as you can see in the picture below.  

Is this how new installations are done nowadays?  I know that when they installed my fiber 4 years go, they put a box outside that, basically, converted the fiber (optical) signal to an electric one and then ran a CAT6 cable to the gateway inside the house.  This was kind of a pain because I needed to supply power to that box outside in addition to the gateway inside.
 
Has anyone had their AT&T fiber installed recently?  If so, was it installed like the picture above where the fiber comes directly into the home and to the gateway?
 
Any help would be great since he's looking to prepare the house for the install, and knowing this would help tremendously.
 
Thanks!
JefferMC

ACE - Expert

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2 m ago

The "state of the art" fiber installation methodology today is to run fiber to a fiber junction box on the wall.  Then a piece of fiber runs from the wall box to an SPC module inserted into the socket on the BGW 320.  The features of the ONT (the separate exterior-wall-mounted box you had to supply power for) are now handled by the SPC and the BGW 320 Gateway itself.

bernpass

Teacher

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33 Messages

2 m ago

That's awesome!  I suppose that opens the door for them to increase speeds at some point much more easily (versus my installation where the ONT is connected to my router via a Cat 6 cable).

Thanks for your quick reply!

JefferMC

ACE - Expert

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25.6K Messages

2 m ago

Theoretically, yes.  And the LAN 1 port is 5 Gb (vs 1 Gb) as well to take advantage of any increased fiber bandwidth.

ATTHelp

Community Support

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176.5K Messages

2 m ago

Hey @bernpass, we understand that you have questions related to the install of the BGW-320 gateway. We're here to help.

 

As the Ace stated they are handled by the SPC and the BGW 320 Gateway itself. The following links can help with additional information regarding the BGW-320 gateway and how to prepare for install and service availability.

Please let us know if that helps answer your questions. Thank you for choosing AT&T.

 

Charles, AT&T Community Specialist

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