New Construction, which cables needed
DJCalderone
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For new house construction, I want to run wires from the outside ONT box to Verizon's wireless router inside the office. Should I run both a coaxial and Cat 6 cable or just one? Which one, coaxial or Cat 6?

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Re: New Construction, which cables needed
gs0b
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Welcome to the forums!  You're talking mostly with other customers here.

Verizon likes to install ONTs indoors, and I agree with that approach.  Like all electronic equipment, indoor installation avoids temperature and humidity extremes  that can shorten it's life.  And keeps out literal bugs that can damage things. 

For indoor installs, try to make it easy for the Verizon installer to run fiber from the building's entry point to your desired ONT location.  The ONT could be near where you want the router, or in a different location.  Some folks will run conduit from the entry point to the desired location, just make sure it's big enough to allow the large fiber connector to pass through.  I don't  know the size, maybe some some other users or some googling will help you.  If you install conduit, make sure it has a pull cable for the fios installer.

The ONT has two, three or four connections, regardless of where it's located.  It requires a power cable that comes from an indoor power supply.  The power supply plugs into a standard mains power wall outlet.  It must be installed indoors.  The cable from the power supply to the ONT can be somewhat long, which helps for outdoor installs or indoor installs that don't have a close mains outlet.

The other three connections to the ONT are Ethernet (CAT5E is fine) for internet, coax for TV, and a phone cable.  If you're not getting TV service, you don't need coax.  If you're not getting Fios phone, you don't need the phone cable.  If you think there is a future chance of TV or phone service, you might want to install those cables now if it would be very costly to add them later.

The router needs an Ethernet connection to the ONT.  If Fios TV set-top-boxes are used, it also needs a coax connection.  It does not have anything to do with phone.  And of course, it needs power.

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Re: New Construction, which cables needed
gs0b
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Community Leader

Welcome to the forums!  You're talking mostly with other customers here.

Verizon likes to install ONTs indoors, and I agree with that approach.  Like all electronic equipment, indoor installation avoids temperature and humidity extremes  that can shorten it's life.  And keeps out literal bugs that can damage things. 

For indoor installs, try to make it easy for the Verizon installer to run fiber from the building's entry point to your desired ONT location.  The ONT could be near where you want the router, or in a different location.  Some folks will run conduit from the entry point to the desired location, just make sure it's big enough to allow the large fiber connector to pass through.  I don't  know the size, maybe some some other users or some googling will help you.  If you install conduit, make sure it has a pull cable for the fios installer.

The ONT has two, three or four connections, regardless of where it's located.  It requires a power cable that comes from an indoor power supply.  The power supply plugs into a standard mains power wall outlet.  It must be installed indoors.  The cable from the power supply to the ONT can be somewhat long, which helps for outdoor installs or indoor installs that don't have a close mains outlet.

The other three connections to the ONT are Ethernet (CAT5E is fine) for internet, coax for TV, and a phone cable.  If you're not getting TV service, you don't need coax.  If you're not getting Fios phone, you don't need the phone cable.  If you think there is a future chance of TV or phone service, you might want to install those cables now if it would be very costly to add them later.

The router needs an Ethernet connection to the ONT.  If Fios TV set-top-boxes are used, it also needs a coax connection.  It does not have anything to do with phone.  And of course, it needs power.