How to Connect to the Internet Using Fiber Optics

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There are many ways to connect to the Internet: cable, satellite, telephone and fiber optics. The last option is an efficient high-speed method of connection that is only available in certain areas. If you are in an area where fiber optic Internet is available, you might want to understand how it works and consider switching your service over.

Things You'll Need

  • Fiber optic cable
  • Optical network terminal
  • 100BaseT
  • RJ-45 jack
  • fiber optic router
  • Find a fiber optic Internet service provider in your area. There are only a few fiber optic Internet service companies in the United States. Verizon FIOS and AT&T FIOS are the two main companies that provide the service in the United States.

  • Register with the company of your choice and wait for the installer to come. The fiber optics installers will connect the fiber optics from the distribution box in your neighborhood to your home.

  • Install the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) in your house. The installer will also provide this service. The ONT is used to connect the fiber optic cable to your home through a 100BaseT wire. The ONT usually will replace all telephone lines in the home.

  • Install (or have installed) an RJ-45 jack into your house. This jack allow the 100BaseT cable to connect to your router, which is how the fiber optic power provides your Internet.

  • Have your telephone numbers switched over to the fiber optic cable. Test the connectivity of the cable by hooking up your computer and make sure it works correctly.

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