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How to connect a Leased Line

How to connect a Leased Line

Leased line circuits can connect in a few different ways depending on who the supplier is and what bearer speed they have (either 100Mbps or 1Gbps).

Note: Virgin and Gigaclear circuits connect in the same way whether they are 100Mbps or 1Gbps bearer.

All providers - 100Mbps

All 100Mbps bearer connections (whoever the supplier) all connect the same way, and hand over on ethernet. You will receive:

  1. A router suitable for the connection
  2. A power supply
  3. An ethernet cable
  4. Supplier NTE

Getting connected - All providers 100Mbps

  1. Mount the NTE into your rack cabinet (if applicable) otherwise place the NTE in a suitable location where the fibre will not be damaged.
  2. Turn on the NTE
  3. Connect the NTE access port to ETH0 on the Ubiquiti device using an Ethernet cable.
  4. To connect the Ubiquiti to a firewall you need to connect ETH1 to the WAN port on the firewall
  5. If you have a back up that would connect to ETH2.

All providers connection diagrams

Openreach, SSE & TalkTalk 1Gbps

TalkTalk & Openreach/SSE 1Gbps bearer hands over on Fibre, which means we need 2 additional pieces of equipment that differ from a 100Mbps bearer.

You will receive:

  1. A router suitable for the connection
  2. A power supply
  3. A Fibre cable
  4. An SFP Module

SFP Module (Small Form-factor Pluggable) facilitates the seamless conversion of Ethernet signals into optical signals to transfer and receive data.

Fibre Cable is made up of glass strands, each strand slightly thinner than human hair. There are 2 types of Fibre Cables which are; Single Mode and Multi Mode. It is very important the cable is handled with care as a slight bend can damage the glass strands and cause problems with the connectivity.

Getting connected - Openreach, SSE & TalkTalk 1Gbps

The router will need to connect to ETH3, follow the below steps:

  1. From the Suppliers access port, connect the Ethernet to ETH3 on the Ubiquiti (this varies depending on the router we send out, it will always be the SFP port)
  2. To connect the Ubiquiti to a firewall you need to connect ETH1 to the WAN port on the firewall

Openreach, SSE & TalkTalk 1Gbps Connection Diagram

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