Zhone Announces New Devices to Fiber-Connect Multiple Dwelling Units

  • Active Ethernet
  • FTTH
  • GPON
  • ONTs
  • Zhone
OAKLAND, CAZhone Technologies introduced a network interface device for connecting multiple dwelling units (MDUs) with fiber: the zNID 9108 Multiple Dwelling Unit Optical Network Terminal (MDU ONT), which is available in both active Ethernet and GPON versions.

"Although zNID-9108 is ideal for MDU triple-play applications, it can also be used for several revenue-generating value-add applications including video surveillance," says marketing director Brian Caskey. "With this new MDU solution, we are ensuring that customers are not limited in either the type of services they can deliver or the reach of those services."

All zNID 9108 ONTs are environmentally hardened. The weatherproof enclosure can be installed in two stages for carriers that want to terminate the fiber before installing the active components. Features and capabilities include

  • GPON or Gigabit Ethernet uplink


  • Eight voice ports


  • Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports


  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) support on all eight Gigabit Ethernet ports


  • One supplementary Gigabit Ethernet accessory port with PoE


  • 1 Gbps throughput bridging or routing


  • VoIP service capabilities with CLASS features


  • Automatic software upgrades and configuration backups using Zhone EZ Touch Provisioning


  • Both versions of the ONT provide eight voice ports and eight 10/100/1000bT LAN ports, plus a ninth 10/100/1000bT LAN port for connecting an auxiliary device such as a Wi-Fi access point or video camera. Both models are based on the same wire-speed router architecture used in Zhone's 42xx zNID product line. All models are fully interoperable with a broad array of softswitches and also provide support for legacy time-division multiplexer architectures when combined with Zhone's Packet Voice Gateway. This allows service providers to migrate from legacy to softswitch architectures without the need to replace ONTs.

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