The Sea Ranch Connect project consists of individual strands of fiber that run from one of two data centers to each and every lot. At the street, a "hand-hole" provides a link from this fiber to a shorter "drop" fiber that runs to the house. At each house the drop fiber terminates at an optical network terminal (ONT) and gateway (router) which converts the optical signal in the fiber to electrical signals that enable Internet and telephone services.
The ONT is a passive (unpowered) box mounted on an exterior wall of the residence. The drop fiber runs from the street to the ONT. A shorter fiber cord runs from the ONT, penetrates the house exterior and connects to the gateway on the house interior. For installation and service, a technician can connect to the ONT and measure optical power and signal integrity without entering the residence.
The location for the ONT box on the outside of your home may affect the future location of the gateway (router) on the inside of your home. At a later date, the gateway will be installed on the inside of your home with you or your agent present. The default location for the gateway will be inside your home within 8 feet of the ONT and near an electrical outlet. At the subscriber's request, it will be possible at additional expense to extend the fiber from the ONT to a different gateway location by: a) undergrounding the fiber around the perimeter of the home, or b) tacking the fiber to the bottom of the exterior siding (near the foundation) around the perimeter of the home, or c) directing the fiber into the crawl space below the home and bringing it up into the home in a different location.
The gateway which is located inside the residence provides the following functions:
The gateway requires battery backup so that telephone and Internet service stays on during brief power outages. It has not yet been determined if the backup will be internal to the gateway or if an external UPS (uninterruptable power supply) will be needed.
There are two scenarios:
We're recommending that wireless phones be used for full-home coverage. But it may also be possible that the existing in-home telephone wiring can be connected at the gateway (and disconnected where the Verizon line enters your home) to enable telephone usage throughout the house.
We have chosen to go with the Calix brand of devices. There will be a choice between a standard gateway and a Wi-Fi enabled version. If you'd like to read more on the decision, you can read about it in one of our project status updates.
Calix 716GE-I – This device has 4 Gigabit Ethernet Port. You can read more about the device here.
Calix 844GE – This device has 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports. Dual band Wi-Fi, 5GHz 802.11 ac/a/g/n and 2.5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n compatible. You can read more about the device here.
Optional For Either Model: The CyberPower indoor UPS is rated for indoor installations (up to 50° C). Units are configured with North American 3-Prong Type B power plug. Units are 12V 7.2AH 36W. You can read more about the device here.
When the gateway (router) is installed inside your home it will be placed within 6 feet of the ONT and near an electrical outlet. This is a default placement for each residence. In some cases you may prefer the gateway to be located in another area of your home. This can be accomplished by the extension of wiring whether from the inside of the home or outside.
If this applies to you there are a few options. The gateway can be moved to another room in the house, by means of a fiber extension. Below is some explanation on what a Fiber Extension is and how to determine if you need one, as well as, links to local vendors that can assist if you determine if an extension is right for you.
The Sea Ranch Connect subscription contract includes in-home setup of the gateway and verification of its proper operation. If additional cabling is required or equipment needs to be purchased and configured, professional services may be needed at additional cost.