Why You Should Consider UFiber for FTTH Deployments
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is quickly becoming the norm for internet users around the world. When experiencing its capabilities first hand, there’s no question as to why. Achieving low latency with high throughput over long distances, coupled with the GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) format, makes FTTH a fantastic solution for deployments regardless of the scale.
Ubiquiti has created a category of products 'UFiber' specifically suited for these type of installations. Here are some reasons why we believe you should consider UFiber for your FTTH deployments.
Ubiquiti UFiber Ease of InstallGetting a UFiber network up and running is fairly simple. To start, you require a UFiber OLT (UF-OLT-4) as well as the GPON SFP modules (UF-GPB / UF-GPC) to insert into the OLT. All uFiber OLT’s come with one GPON module (UF-GPB) in the box. Your internet/network source (either fibre or copper) will determine the type of SFP module to be used to connect to the SFP+ port.
Next, connect the UF-LOCO / UF-NANO / UF-WIFI to the GPON network via the SC GPON port. Log into the OLT interface and navigate to the ONU list. You can do all the configurations for the connected clients from that same page. A default ONU configuration can be set to make mass installation quick and easy.
Ubiquiti UFiber Remote ManagementRemote management has become essential and Ubiquiti’s UNMS provides a centralised platform from which you can do maintenance, upgrades and configurations to all connected Ubiquiti UNMS-compatible devices, like the UFiber. It also provides a host of tools, information and user-friendly graphs about your network, making your day-to-day business simpler.
Ubiquiti hosts the UNMS service on the cloud for free, so there is no need for you to install your own local server. Log in via your Ubiquiti account, set a URL for the cloud server and you are basically ready to go. UNMS allows WISPs to expand or transition easily from wireless to fibre as the UNMS platform supports the entire range of Ubiquiti broadband devices. This includes EdgeRouters and EdgeSwitches, airMAX indoor and outdoor wireless devices, airFiber as well as the UFiber devices. No need to learn a new system or deal with multiple management platforms.
Ubiquiti UFiber Third-Party CompatibilityUnlike most ONU’s (Optical Network Units) which are proprietary, the UFiber ONU can connect to certain third-party OLT's by simply making use of a different profile on the UFiber ONU. Profile 1 being the default Ubiquiti profile. Profiles 2, 3, and 4 are for Huawei, FiberHome and ZTE respectively. Integration is as simple as selecting the profile from a drop-down menu, putting in the ID and password for the ONU and you are done.
Ubiquiti UFiber AestheticsOf all the ONU’s I have seen, UFiber offers the most aesthetically pleasing range. Rounded edges with a smooth, gloss-black faceplate makes it an attraction rather than an eyesore. Customers should not have trouble finding a suitable place to have it installed as it is not a piece of tech that you want hidden from the world.
In addition to the UFiber range, Scoop also supplies a comprehensive range of passive drop cables, splitters, fibre boxes and tools to get you started with your FTTH network See our range below.
Our blog article “Getting Started with Fibre” offers some guidance and insight into choosing the right cable and connectors to support your fibre deployments.
Blog post by Guy Perry