How fiber connects into our premise

Posted on 2016-10-31
Last Modified: 2016-11-02
We are getting fiber installed in our suite on the 9th floor of our building.  I am trying to understand how fiber differs from the previous coax we had.  Especially in connecting into our switch.   Will the ISP be setting up a device similar to the modem we had when we had coax?  Also does it simply plug up into our switch?  your advice appreciated.
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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It connects to your modem. If your own modem, it will likely have to change. If the ISP modem, they will change it.

The output from the modem is still Ethernet, so the switch may not have to change. It should be gigabit switch.

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Does it really have to be gigabit? I know of course that's better but does it have to be?
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by:John Hurst
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It does not have to be but today's switches are all gigabit. You will get better throughput with a faster switch that will take advantage (as much as possible) of the fiber connection.
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@al4629740 - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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