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Ask HN: Where can I buy a non-Chinese ONT/ONU/GPON router/modem?
7 points by nochineserouter 9 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 8 comments
Hi HN. I'm living in Africa right now, and in my particular city, all of the home internet is fibre. Specifically, each and every apartment/home gets an actual fibre line that comes in and terminates in some sort of Huawei/other-chinese-brand WiFi router.

Examples: https://e.huawei.com/en/products/enterprise-transmission-access/access/onu/echolife-eg8145v5 http://www.fiberhome.com/en/industry/product/products/552.aspx

I do not trust Chinese hardware that connects to the internet, so I want to purchase my own device.

I am having trouble, though. Looking on US Amazon I can find almost nothing and the little that I do find, is Chinese. It seems as though Netgear, Linksys, etc do not make hardware that connects directly to fibre.

I feel like I'm doing something wrong. I feel like I'm not typing in the right thing, or looking in the right place. Surely there must be some sort of fibre->ethernet-jack hardware out there, to which I can connect to my own WiFi router (preferably running OpenWRT or something), right? I remember when I lived in the US, there were a zillion "cable modem/cable modem-router" options on Amazon.

I managed to find only this https://www.d-link.co.za/product/dpn-101g/ but I can't find out where to buy one. What am I doing wrong?


RE: "I'm living in Africa right now"

Dang. 2021 and Africa is still a country. I don't mean to attack the title but it immediately primes readers with some unfortunate narratives about the continent vs say "I'm living in ${COUNTRY} right now"

You could check if these work with your ISP.


Depends on the type of fibre that you're getting into the house, I'd look for a media converter so you can convert the fibre into copper and then just use any router you want.

This looks like exactly what I need! Something like this - https://www.amazon.com/Converter-SFP-Transceiver-550M-ipolex... - and then just plug it into my router, right?

Just a note that you should go further and choose something that does not have any Chinese components in it.

That excludes most everything, right?

Maybe ask on the OpenWRT forums?

What's with all this hate against chinese stuff?

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