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Connecting to an ONT Ethernet Port


Use the steps below to help you connect your own WiFi router to the Ethernet port on the ONT when your ONT is in one of the following places in your home.

  • In a bracket mounted to an inside wall.
  • In a plastic media panel. Most plastic media panels have a shelf for the router.

Check the ONT to confirm it is plugged in to power and that the following lights are solid green.


Note: If the lights are not solid green, then contact us to help you get set up.


Locate the Ethernet cable that is visible from the ONT.

Note: If there is no Ethernet cable visible from the ONT, then remove the faceplate. Depending on the ONT, either slide down the faceplate or pinch the sides to lift off. Then connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the ONT and then re-attach the faceplate.

Do not touch the thin fiber cable or the connector in the PON or WAN port on the ONT. Lasers are in use, and serious eye damage could occur.


Connect the other end of the cable into the designated port on the router. The designated port name varies by manufacturer. It may be called Modem, Internet, or WAN.

Diagram of connecting router to ONT


Plug the router's power adapter into the router and electrical wall outlet, then press the Power button.

Result: The router lights indicate when it is turned on and ready for use. Refer to the router's manufacturer user guide for additional information about the router.


Set up the network name (SSID) and password. Refer to Finding Your In-Home WiFi Network SSID or Password.

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