reply to rapamatic
Re: Powering ONT without BBU? Your photo shows one of the tamper-proof systems for BBU/ONT interconnection. You'll have a much harder time of modding for non-standard operation.
Does that cable simply unplug?
In my BBU, I found that disconnecting a signal line is not the same as it holding low. Disconnect is considered the same as alarm condition.
Signals are TTL signals. Low is like .5VDC, high is like 12VDC. Low is not the same as zero (disconnect).
I don't know how to bypass BBU entirely. I don't think it's as simple as providing 12VDC to the ONT.
The wide cable going down to the ONT does unplug, but it sounds like just dumping 12V down those two leads won't be enough... Hopefully on Monday I'll be able to request a tech come out to fix the BBU (because there was an outage in my area, phone tech support couldn't schedule a tech visit until the outage was fixed, and we were able to "confirm" the problem is with my ONT/BBU)... If it will be another week until a tech can come out, then I might be motivated to try to work around this!
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