Connecting a router to a modem shouldn’t be difficult, and it normally doesn’t require the assistance of a technician. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) provides a slightly different service than most Internet service providers (Internet Service Providers).
As you can imagine from the name, they provide fibre optic technologies. So let’s talk about what a Fibr modem is, what the differences between fibre optic and coaxial cables are, and how to connect a router to a PLDT Fibr modem.
What is a Fiber Modem?
Modems are devices that can perform modulation and demodulation. The modem takes the analog signal coming from the cable to our home and transforms it into a signal that transmits information (i.e. This transforms the analog signal from the cable that leads to our home into a digital one.
This digital signal goes to our router. The router then routes it to all devices that are connected to the network for internet access. This is an example of how it works. It’s to it all about information traveling in various forms.
A fiber modem is a device that uses fiber optic cables to provide internet access. Fibr is a convenient name for this modem, as it was referred to by PLDT.
Only the type of cable used to access the internet is what makes a fiber optic modem different from a regular modem.
Fiber Optic vs. Coaxial
There are quite a few differences between fiber optic and coaxial cables. They differ in their structure and function. Also, they don’t use the same medium to transmit information. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Coaxial cables transfer information in the form of an electrical signal. They have a plastic cover, an insulator behind it, an exterior conductor shield, another insulator beneath that shield, and an inner conductor.
Coaxial cables are popular because they are inexpensive, but are not as efficient as fiber optic cables.
They’re simple to set up, have minimal power consumption, and have a maximum transmission speed of around 10 Mbps (Megabits per second).
Fiber Optic Cable
Information (i.e. the signal) is transmitted by fibre optic cables. Because they transmit light, they are constructed of plastic and glass.
An outer jacket, a loose buffer beneath it, cladding, and a fibre core make up fibre optic cables.
They are incredibly effective, but they are not inexpensive. Installing them takes time and requires some knowledge.
They’re also smaller than coaxial cables because they’re lighter. They have the disadvantage of losing power if bent. The data transfer rate is only 10 Gbps (Gigabits per sec).
Why use a second router?
If you’re a PLDT Fibr subscriber, there’s a question of why you would want to use a router. The modem acts as a gateway and emits a wireless signal. It can also be connected to an Ethernet cable.
A second router might be necessary if you want to extend your network or connect more than four devices via an ethernet cable. There are many benefits to having more than one router.
- Two different networksUsing a second router allows you to create separate networks for different purposes. You can use the same network for different purposes, such as gaming, printing large files, and so on.
- More wired devices: You can connect to additional ports via an ethernet cable from a second router. It can be used as an access point to avoid any conflicts with the PLDTFibr modem.
- Larger range: There’s no need to acquire range extenders if you already have a router that you’re not utilizing. A second router, if converted into an access port, can be used to extend the range. It is possible to have two networks by not converting it.
How to connect a router with PLDT Fibr
To connect a router and a PLDTFibr modem, you need to set the modem to bridge mode. PLDTFibr is a gateway and we need to change it from router mode into bridge mode. What is bridge mode?
Bridge mode is a mode that allows a modem to operate without the NAT (Network Address Translation). It stops routing information and acts only as an internet switch. How do we get it to bridge mode?
PLDT Fibr differs from other modems due to the fiber optic connection. To access our ONU (Optical Network Unit), we must contact PLDT. These steps are required once we have access:
- To log into the ONU with admin access, type 192.168.1.1 into your browser’s address box and click Log in with your credentials.
- There’s going to be aSetup a WANsection, we must click on it.
- Go to RouterSelect Bridge.
- There’s going to be an option to Disable NATClick it.
- You must also disable the wireless network. Turn off WiFi.
- You need to make sure that one port is activated and unblocked. So, check Port 1The Section LAN.
- Click on the button to continue SaveThe PLDT Fibr modem should then be rebooted.
- Simply connect the router. Port 1Turn it on.
Important: After changing your PLDT Fibr to a bridge modem, you may not be able access the PLDT admin settings. You might need to install third-party firmwareClick here to go to the settings page.
Now you are familiar with modems as well as fiber modems.
Fiber optic connections have efficiency advantages, but coaxial cables are less expensive and easier to install, which is why they are so often used.
It’s not difficult to connect a router to a PLDT Fibr modem, as we’ve demonstrated.
You won’t be able to view the settings once you put the PLDT Fibr modem into bridge mode, but you will be able to connect a router to it.