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What is xPON(EPON/GPON dual mode) ONU?

Brief video ☞  What is xPON(EPON/GPON dual mode) ONU?

In the access network, Passive Optical Network(PON) is the best transmission medium to realize triple-play and solve the “last mile” of the information highway. EPON and GPON are the most prevailing and mature access network standard in the PON network. EPON, a kind of mainstream broadband access technology based on IEEE 802.3ah standard, realizes the integrated service access of data, voice, and video through a single optical access system, being economical. As for GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network), it is the latest generation of broadband access technology based on ITU -TG.984.x standard. GPON is regarded by most operators as the ideal technology to realize broadband and integrated transformation of access network services because of its high bandwidth, high efficiency, extensive coverage, rich user interface, and so on. Therefore, communications equipment manufacturers have developed products that compatible with both EPON and GPON standards, commonly known as xPON.

1. Overview of xPON ONU

It is well-known that the passive optical network system is composed of an optical line terminal (OLT), optical distribution network (ODN), and optical network unit (ONU). xPON ONU is an optical network unit that supports both EPON IEEE 802.3ah standard and GPON ITU-TG.984.x standard, which means it can be used in both EPON and GPON networks. xPON ONU also can automatically switch in EPON or GPON mode.

2.xPON ONU Technology

2.1 Software

At first, two concepts of PLOAM and MPCP are brought to you.

In GPON, the physical layer OAM (PLOAM) channel has to be built by ONU and OLT before ONU wants to register with OLT (it calls the registration phase). PLOAM channel is a formatted information system carried by GTC lock in the designated location. It is used to transmit other PMD (Physical Media Dependent) and GTC (GPON Transmission Convergence) management information that is not sent by the embedded OAM channel. OMCI channel is used to manage the business definition of the GTC upper layer. GTC must provide a transport interface for OMCI. An optional channel, including defining the transport protocol ID (Port-ID), is offered by GTC according to the configuration of the device.

In EPON, ONU and OLT have to establish an MPCP control mechanism if ONU wants to register with OLT (it calls the registration stage). MPCP (Multi-Point Control Protocol) is the protocol of the EPON MAC control sublayer. MPCP defines the control mechanism between OLT and ONU to coordinate the effective sending and receiving of data.

Building PLOAM channel in GPON and MPCP control mechanism in EPON are both called the registration stage.

xPON ONU will be embedded in a special process to detect the optical signal of the OLT downlink to identify whether it is GPON or EPON mode because EPON and GPON have different interaction protocol messages and fields, which give aid to ONU’s identification in the registration phase. If the result of identification is inconsistent with the PON mode of ONU, ONU will restart automatically to switch to the PON mode consistent with the current network.

2.2 Hardware

Usually, ONU optical module is used in ONU equipment composed of burst mode laser driver, receiving limiting amplifier, BOSA, MCU, APD boost circuit, etc.

There are two kinds of lasers in the ONU module: FP and DFB.

As the receiver receives the signal continuously, it needs a special limiting amplifier to amplify the electrical signal converted from PD. APD-TIA and PIN-TIA are two kinds of receivers.

According to the performance requirements, 1310nm DFB LD and InGaAs Super-TIA receiver with 1490nm WDM filter is required for GPON ONU optical module. As for EPON ONU optical module, 1310nm FP LD and InGaAs PIN-TIA receiver with 1490nm WDM filter is required.

Burst transmitters and receivers are usually used in optical devices, but it is a key technical difficulty for all TDM-PON. There are great differences in timing requirements when optical devices deal with burst transmitters and receivers because of the different transmission protocols of EPON and GPON. In fact, the uplink burst timing requirements of GPON are much more stringent than EPON’s. As shown in Figure 1, the setting time required by the burst reception threshold of GPON is within 96 bytes, i.e., 77ns, while that of EPON is 400ns. Moreover, GPON also treats the on-off time of the laser in the burst emission control of ONU more strictly.

Figure 1

To sum up, GPON optical devices are generally used in xPON ONU. As the saying goes, “technology is downward compatible”, GPON optical devices are used to be compatible with the network environment of EPON.

3.Applications and Advantages of xPON ONU

3.1 Compatible with the existing network

xPON ONU can work on EPON or GPON mode. It can automatically identify whether the OLT is EPON type or GPON type and switch the operation mode . Therefore, whether the current network of Operators or ISPs is EPON or GPON, xPON ONU can run in it.

3.2 Upgrade deployment faster

Because the implementation of the EPON network is earlier than the GPON network, the EPON network accounts for a large proportion of the current network. However, the EPON network will be gradually replaced by the GPON network due to the advantage of bandwidth.

xPON ONU plays an important role in the transition from the EPON network to the GPON network. When operators decide to upgrade to GPON, a more smooth network transition, and huge upgrade cost saving can be achieved by only replacing the  EPON OLT to GPON in head-end without any operations for the user end.


3.3 Investment protection

The original EPON ONU and EPON OLT equipment must be eliminated in the process of system upgrading from EPON to GPON. But xPON ONU can avoid the elimination as it is compatible with both EPON and GPON standard, which greatly protects the investment of users.

3.4 conducive to network operation and maintenance management

xPON ONU makes EPON and GPON transparent and provides a unified interface for the upper management after the differences between EPON and GPON are blocked. Thus, no matter the terminal is EPON or GPON, the terminal configuration is the same. In this case, the network administrator only needs to focus on business management, which greatly improves the operation and maintenance management efficiency.

4.Types of C-Data xPON ONU

Number ONU Configuration ONU Model PON Mode Supporting
1 EPON&GPON&XPON 1GE/1GE+CATV FD511G&FD701G series 1. Support automatic recognition of EPON / GPON mode

2. Support manual switching of EPON/GPON mode

2 EPON&GPON&XPON 1GE+wifi/1GE+1FE+wifi/


FD511GW&FD512XW&FD702XW&FD604GW&FD804GW series 1. Support automatic recognition of EPON / GPON mode

2. Support manual switching of EPON/GPON mode



FD50X&FD704X&FD504G series 1. Support automatic recognition of EPON / GPON mode

2. Support manual switching of EPON/GPON mode

5. Prospect and Summary

xPON ONU has overwhelming advantages in compatibility, anti-interference, bandwidth characteristics, access distance, maintenance management, and so on. It is prevailing in the market and got highly concerned by ISP regarding its application. xPON ONU may become the mainstream in the next few years from the current situation given that the EPON network has been basically solidified, and only with the support of xPON ONU can the transition from EPON to GPON network be successful.

As a professional FTTH broadband access product supplier, Shenzhen C-Data Technology Co., Ltd. will keep abreast of the market trends and demand to produce better products for the Internet industry.




PON Protection Switching Technology


With the increase of PON networks’ services, it is necessary to implement PON protection switching technology to ensure the stability of engineering applications stability and deal with service interruptions caused by various communication failures. This article mainly introduces several different PON protection technologies on OLT and describes some implementation points based on a dual PON port protection solution. The ONU remains online, and services are not interrupted before and after the solution is switched. And the delay is less than 100 ms, which greatly guarantees network stability.


PON (Passive Optical Network) is an optical fiber broadband access technology covering the last mile. It only needs to install a simple optical splitter at the optical branch point, which has the advantages of saving optical cable resources, bandwidth resource sharing, no electromagnetic interference, equipment safety, high performance, and low-cost comprehensive network construction. Among them, saving the backbone fiber is a huge advantage of the PON system, but it also brings greater risk. Once the backbone fiber in the PON system fails, it will cause all-optical network units (ONUs) connected to the backbone fiber interrupted simultaneously.

Besides, the system also has the probability of the optical module’s failure and the failure of the port, which is connected to the main fiber. To ensure the service’s stability in engineering applications and deal with the service interruption caused by various communication failures, an efficient and reliable protection switching solution is required. When the backbone fiber fails, the protection switching can be realized in the shortest possible time and recover the services without affecting users’ use.

1、Introduction to PON Protection Switching Technology

   1.1 PON ProtectionOverview

At present, the commonly used PON protection technologies are the four protection types A, B, C, and D defined in the ITU-TG.984 standards. The protection range of types A and B is the protection from the PON port of the OLT to the optical splitter. The difference between the two is whether the OLT’s PON port is included in the protection range. The protection scope of types C and D is comprehensive protection from the PON port of the OLT to the PON port of the ONU. The difference between the two is whether the ONU’s PON port is included in the protection scope.

  1.2 PON Protection Type A

PON protection type A mainly uses a single PON port for the OLT, which has a built-in 1×2 optical switch for the optical module’s gating and then switches the working line. In the optical distribution network (ODN), a 2: N optical splitter is used, and two relatively independent and mutually backup optical fiber links are established between the optical splitter and the OLT. The OLT will detect the line status periodically. When the optical link fails, it switches to the backup optical link.

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  1.3 PON Protection Type B

The OLT’s two PON ports in the PON protection type B adopt independent PON MAC chips and optical modules and are identified as the main PON port and the backup PON port. The main PON port is in a working state, and the standby PON port is in a cold backup state.

In ODN’s optical splitter use, two relatively independent and mutually backup optical fiber links are simultaneously connected between the optical splitter and the OLT. The OLT ensures that the main PON port’s business information can be backed up synchronously and periodically inspect line status and PON port operating status. When the main fiber link or PON port fails, the OLT immediately switches to the backup PON port and fiber link. The backup PON port can maintain the ONU’s service attributes unchanged, and the service is transferred to the backup link.

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   1.4 PON Protection Type C

PON protection type C uses two PON ports on the OLT, and the main standby PON ports are mutually hot backup. ONU uses a PON MAC and different optical modules; a 1×2 optical switch is built in front of the PON port. Two 1: N optical splitters are used to establish two independent and mutually backup optical fiber links between ONU and OLT. The OLT guarantees that the main PON port’s service information can be backed up to the backup PON port simultaneously. Both the ONU and the OLT detect the link status and decide whether to switch according to the link status.

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  1.5 PON Protection Type D

In PON protection type D, OLT dual PON ports, ONU dual PON ports, backbone fiber, optical splitter, and distribution fiber are all dual redundant. Both the main and standby OLT PON ports are in working condition. OLT guarantees that the active PON port’s service information can be backed up to the backup PON port synchronously. As a result, the backup PON port can maintain the ONU’s service attributes unchanged during the protection switching process.

ONU uses different PON MAC chips and different optical modules. The ONU should ensure that the primary PON port’s service information can be backed up to the backup PON port simultaneously so that the ONU can maintain the local service attributes during the PON port protection switching process. The ONU’s main and backup PON ports are in a working state. The backup PON port does not need to perform the ONU’s initialization configuration and service attribute configuration during the PON port protection switching process. Both ONU and OLT detect the link status and decide whether to switch according to the link status.

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  1.6 Choice of 4 Types of PON Protection

The four PON protection types A, B, C, and D protection solutions are introduced above. The OLT’s two PON ports in Type A use 1 PON MAC chip, which is connected to 2 optical modules through a 1×2 switch to realize 2 PON ports’ protection. This type is only applicable to the protection in the same PON board. Although the C and D protection types protect the entire network, making the system the best reliable, the protection cost is too high. Simultaneously, ONU equipment also needs to support the corresponding PON protection function, which only high-end users can afford. So, it is hardly used in actual projects.

Considering the access cost and practicability, Type B protection is more economical and practical. In Type B protection, the OLT’s two PON ports adopt independent PON MAC chips and optical modules to realize the protection of two PON ports, which is suitable for protection between any 2 PON ports of the same OLT.

2、Realization of PON Protection Switching Function

   2.1 PON Protection Group

The PON protection group consists of two access PON ports. The members of the protection group have two roles: work and protect. One is a working port, and the other is a protecting port. Under normal working conditions, the working port carries services. When the optical fiber link in the working port fails, the system automatically switches the working port’s service to the protected port to ensure service transmission.

  2.2 Status of Protection Group Member

There are two states of protection group members: active and standby. The port in the active state forwards data and the port in the standby state does not forward data.

  2.3 Type of Switching

There are two types of protection group switching: automatic switching triggered by failure and protection switching performed manually. The manual protection switching performed is also called forced switching:

(1) Automatic switching means that the OLT and ONU do not need human intervention to automatically switch the optical fiber link when the switching conditions are met.

(2) Forced switching refers to operating force-switch on the OLT so that optical link switching occurs regardless of whether the designated target member is normal.

3、 Key Points of PON Protection Switching Technology

To ensure smooth service transition after PON protection switching, the PON protection group’s initial configuration needs to be issued synchronously. The dynamic data during the operation of the protection group also needs to be synchronized. Initial configuration refers to the primary PON port’s static service configuration information in the protection group, such as VLAN, bandwidth, voice configuration, and multicast video service configuration. Dynamic data includes the MAC address learning table, multicast member group information, DHCP binding table, key information.

  3.1 Configuration Synchronization

The configuration of the same ONU on the two PON ports in the protection group must be synchronized. The key to configuration synchronization is as follows:

1)  All ONUs authenticated on the primary PON port should be synchronized to the standby PON port, allowing the ONU to update its online state structure. The active PON port module should also synchronize the configuration status information with the standby PON port module to avoid repeated configurations and affecting services.

2)  Dynamic data synchronization: Dynamic data synchronization refers to synchronizing data from the PON port in the working state to the PON port in the standby state when the data changes. It requires a host CPU for real-time data synchronization.

  3.2 Service Recovery

After performing the PON port’s active/standby switchover, the original standby PON port becomes the active port. All PON related configurations and ONU configurations under the PON port should be the same as the original working PON port. After the PON protection switch is completed, all services can be automatically restored when the new working PON port is normally available.

  3.3 PON Protection Switching of C-Data OLT Products

With more and more types of services carried by PON networks, to ensure the stability of the services in engineering applications, C-Data combines PON protection in actual engineering, considering the access cost and practicality, and has fully supported PON for protection type B. The user does not need to pay attention to which PON port of the protection group is currently working. All operations are based on the main PON port. When the protection switching is triggered, the standby port state changes to the working state and replace the main PON port to continue to carry services.

As far as we know, the PON protection function implemented by OLT of some manufacturer does not actually implement protection switching but backs up the configuration of the active port to the backup port. The result is that all ONU will be disconnected after the switching, and the service will be lost, which will cause great distress to operation and maintenance personnel. However, our OLT solutions has achieved true protection switching. When the PON port is fully loaded with ONU, ONU can be kept online before and after the switching without service interruption, ensuring network stability safely and quickly.


With the popularization of information technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and the internet of things, PON technology efficiently supports various industries’ digital development by its technical reliability and practicality and relatively reasonable price advantages. As a professional supplier of network access products, C-Data will provide reliable and stable network deployment to the industries worldwide and apply more PON protection technologies to products. At the same time, it is great for consumers to choose OLT solutions that supports the PON protection of C-Data and jointly promoting the steady development of global digital networks.

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IPv6 Technology for C-Data ONU Products

The rapid development of the Internet had brought a large number of intelligent terminals to our home and increasingly exhausted the IPv4 address resources we are using. Although NAT technology helps to delay the speed of the IPv4 address consumption, the world Internet technology is still developing towards IPv6 technology which has become one of the key basic technologies required by 5G, cloud computing and Internet of things technologies.

In the past two years, the world has advocated and accelerated the deployment of IPv6 technology to meet the urgent needs of the connection of massive intelligent terminals, the innovation of technology industries, and the enhancement of network security capability. Almost all ISP/Operators are building the next generation of the Internet based on IPv6 technology.

C-Data, as a professional manufacturer in access network technology, will discuss the following related topics to help you understand IPv6 technology more comprehensively.

  • Overview of IPv6 Technology
  • Transition Technology from IPv4 to IPv6
  • Relevanceof C-Data ONU to IPv6 Technology
  • C-Data ONU products supporting IPv6 technology
  • Expectation of IPv6 Technology in The Future
  1. Overview of IPv6 Technology

1.1 What is IPv6?

IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is the next generation of the current Internet Protocol (IPv4). Composed of 128-bit binary numbers, IPv6 provides a huge resource of IP address enough for every living creature and even every grain of sand on the earth to be assigned one or more IP addresses. IPv6 is to divide the 128-bit address into segments per 16 bits, and each segment is separated by colons when converted into hexadecimal digits.

An example of IPv4 address:

An example of IPv6 address: 2002:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e: 0370:7344

1.2 Why use IPv6 technology?

IPv4 technology is a 32-bit binary address, which can address 16 million networks and 4 billion hosts. However, with the adoption of A, B, and C addressing methods, the number of available network addresses and host machines is greatly reduced. Moreover, as the core technology and about 3 / 4 IP resources are mastered by European and American countries due to their developed Internet, many developing countries fall into the predicament of insufficient IP address resources. In fact, with the increasing number of global Internet users and the vigorous development of intelligent terminals and network technology, the lack of IP address resources will seriously restrict the application and development of the Internet in many countries around the world.

1.3 Current situation of IPv6 Technology

If to realize the complete transition from IPv4 to IPv6, it requires the network software, hardware, and terminal equipment in the global Internet infrastructure to support IPv6 protocol, which will involve a lot of transformation work. Although IPv6 technology has been proposed as early as the 2010 year, it has only been promoted by governments and major ISP/Operators in recent two years. Moreover, the long-term coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 is still a compatibility issue that we need to consider.

1.4 What are the advantages of IPv6 over IPv4?

Compared with IPv4, IPv6 has the following advantages:

  • Larger address space. The IP address length of IPv4 is 32; that is, there are 2^32-1 addresses. While the IP address length of IPv6 is 128, that is, there are 2^128-1 addresses.
  • Smaller routing table. Compared with IPv4, IPv6 packet header contains half of the fields, and all fields are aligned with 64-bit boundaries, which greatly improves the processing speed.
  • Enhanced multicast support and streaming support. There is no terrible broadcast storm caused by the IPv4 as the multicast support, and streaming support provide a good opportunity for the development of multimedia services.
  • Higher security. Users can encrypt the data in the network layer and verify the IP message while using IPv6, which greatly enhances network security.

In view of the advantages of IPv6, IPv6 will eventually completely replace IPv4 and occupy a dominant position on the Internet after a long period of coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6.

  1. Transition technology from IPv4 to IPv6

Since IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4, how to achieve a network environment fully IPv6 compatible? The initial network transformation from IPv4 to IPv6 reveals that there is a thorough adjustment from protocol to hardware, including the client and server. Therefore, the issue of backward compatibility has been taken into account by IETF when designing IPv6 from the very beginning. The ISP/Operator will provide an intermediate node and uses DNS64 / NAT64 technologies, which are responsible for protocol conversion to connect the link between IPv6 and IPv4.

2.1. Tunnel technology for the initial transition

At the tunnel entrance between the IPv6 and the IPv4, the router encapsulates the entire IPv6 datagram into the data field of the IPv4 datagram. The source address and destination address of the IPv4 packet are respectively the tunnel entrance and exit of IPv4 addresses. At the exit of the tunnel, the IPv6 packet is taken out and forwarded to the destination node.


2.2. Dual-stack technology for IPv4 / IPv6 coexistence

Dual-stack technology is an effective technology for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The nodes in the network support both IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks. The source node selects different protocol stacks according to the different destination nodes while networking equipment according to the protocol type of the message. A dual-stack can be implemented on a single device or a dual-stack backbone. For a dual-stack backbone network, all devices must support IPv4 / IPv6 protocol stack at the same time, and the interface connecting the dual-stack network must be configured with both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.


  1. Relevance of C-Data ONU to IPv6 Technology

The IPv6 network is divided into a backbone network and an access network. As the backbone network carries a lot of IPv6 services, most ISP/Operators have completed the deployment of the IPv6 backbone network but the access network is used for the access of terminal users. Nowadays, given that almost every family is connected with optical fiber, how to integrate IPv6 function on PON products to solve the problem of IPv6 compatibility is a difficult problem faced by many a ONU manufacturer.

In order to realize fast and easy access to IPv6 network in FTTH and adapt to the needs of global IPv6 network development, C-Data has spared no effort to make ONU support IPv6 service, and a graphical interface is released for end-users to use IPv6 on C-Data ONU easily. Furthermore, C-Data ONU supports IPv4 / IPv6 dual-stack transition technology and has revived the Anatel certification to meet the IPv6 networks in most of the countries. Some countries’ networks have used C-Data ONU as IPv6 network access.

There are two IPv6 network scenarios of C-Data ONU discussing as follows:

Scenario 1: transparent transmission of IPv4 / IPv6 services by ONU bridge mode

This scenario is mainly used for PPPoE or IPoE of IPv4 / IPv6, with user computers attached to ONU devices or wireless routers attached to ONU devices. Both OLT and ONU during transmission act as middle transmission devices, and only bridge mode is configured to transparently transmit IPv4 / IPv6 services. It is worth noting that whether the intermediate OLT and ONU devices support transparent IPv6 services needs to be considered because there are many OLT and ONU devices on the market that do not support transparent transmission of IPv6 services.


Scenario 2: ONU routing mode carries IPv4 / IPv6 services

In this scenario, the routing mode on ONU should support PPPoE or IPoE services of IPv4 / IPv6, and then allocates IPv4 / IPv6 address to the attached user computer or wireless router through DHCPV4 / DHCPv6 to realize the network access of IPv4 / IPv6. It is available for the OLT devices and the transparent transmission of IPv4 / IPv6. In this scenario, many manufacturers’ ONU products are difficult to implement. However, a lot of ONU manufacturers fail to apply their products to this scenario as there is a couple of issues to figure out, such as the compatibility of IPv6, the implementation of IPv6 Routing, the coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6, and the distribution of IPv6 address.



  1. C-Data ONU Products Supporting IPv6 Technology
No. ONU Form ONU Models Function Description
1 EPON&GPON&XPON 1GE/1GE+CATV FD511G&FD701G Series 1. Support PPPoE / IPoE, DHCPv6, IPv4 / IPv6 dual stack functions of IPv4 and IPv6 in routing mode;

2. Support transparent transmission of IPv4 / IPv6 service in bridge mode.

2 EPON&GPON&XPON 1GE+wifi/1GE+1FE+wifi/


FD511GW&FD512XW&FD702XW&FD604GW&FD804GW Series 1. Support PPPoE / IPoE, DHCPv6, IPv4 / IPv6 dual stack functions of IPv4 and IPv6 in routing mode;

2. Support transparent transmission of IPv4 / IPv6 service in bridge mode.



FD50X&FD704X&FD504G Series 1. Only transparent transmission of IPv4 / IPv6 service in bridge mode.



  1. Expectation of IPv6 Technology in the Future
  • The global network will build new information technology facilities based on IPv6 and give priority to the use of IPv6 in 5G, the Internet of things, and the industrial Internet.


  • Technical standards such as IPv6 + and SRv6 will be derived from IPv6 single stack. The application mode will be innovated to increase the pilot and commercial applications under the coordination with industrial chains.


  • Intelligent ultra-wide, intelligent connection and intelligent operation and maintenance are the main characteristics of the future IP network. IPv6 is the best choice for an intelligent IP network.



AI, big data, cloud computing, and the Internet of things technologies have an important connection with TCP / IP protocol. IP is the network layer protocol standardizing the exchange and routing of Internet packet information. As an infrastructure, IPv6 will construct a new Internet era.


As a professional FTTH broadband access product supplier, C-Data will accelerate the deployment of the IPv6 network together with the global ISP/Operators and apply more IPv6 technologies to the products. If you are interested in IPv6 technology, C-Data welcomes the chance to provide C-Data ONU for you and discuss IPv6 technology together.


C-Data Attends The CIOE 2020 with Fruitful Result

On September 9, 2020, C-Data took part in the 3-day CIOE 2020 (The 22nd China International Optoelectronic Exposition) held at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, China. At the booth 4C28 of the information and communication expo, C-Data presented the advanced communication equipment, including FTTH GPON/EPON OLT& ONU, EDFA, and EOC (Ehternet over Coaxial), to catch the eyes of a large number of participants and gained a lot.


With the fading negative impact of the epidemic, CIOE 2020, the 22nd China International Optoelectronic Expo, will continue to showcase the entire optoelectronic ecosystem, including information and communication, laser, infrared technology, photoelectric sensors, and so forth, providing an important communication platform for manufacturers, distributors and service providers to develop their businesses and enter the global market.

At this unique exhibition covering the entire global optoelectronic ecosystem, in addition to 3000 exhibitors, more than 60 concurrent forums, seminars, and network activities during the CIOE 2020 will also be organized to help exhibitors expand the possibility of more business.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 in 2020 deals a direct blow at the foreign trade industry, causing a mounting number of international exhibitions and businesses to be shelved. However, the good news is that with the gradual containing of the epidemic in China, the China International Optoelectronic Expo went smoothly in the second half of 2020.

Considering that there are foreign exhibitors unable to attend the CIOE 2020 due to irresistible factors that the outbreak of the epidemic has blocked the direct contact and communication between people, C-Data broadcasted the details of the exhibition to foreign partners in the form of live broadcast through Internet online platforms such as WhatsApp, Skype, and YouTube, and introduced C-Data’s characteristic communication products.


Several star products of C-Data, such as GPON/EPON OLT, ONU, EYDFA, EOC and WIFI Router, were displayed during the exhibition. The ONU is a fiber to the home multi-service access GPON/EPON. ONU based on not only stable and cost-effective EPON technology but also HFC technology, integrated WDM and optical receiver. PON technology is the best technology using passive optical network to deliver Internet service to the home, which is a kind of Point TO Multi-Point technology to dynamic share Gigabit bandwidth in users. Some ONU integrated WiFi access, it has the characteristics of strong penetration and wide coverage to provide users with more convenient and safer data transmission.


The EYDFA supports selecting 8, 16, and 32 output ports, and the laser can be turned on and off through the laser key. Moreover, designed for large-scale distribution of CATV broadcast or video coverage in the FTTH PON system, it can provide up to 40dBm total optical with multiple ports in a 2U rack. The design of independent pluggable optical module and EMS management integrated with PON system are widely praised by users.


As for EOC Master and SLAVE based on Homeplug AV protocol are used for CATV system with Ethernet over coaxial cable technology. The EOC system has a high anti-jamming capability of OFDM technology and construct data network channel in the established cable TV system upgrading the CATV system rapidly to support both TV and data services.


At the event, C-Data’s information and communication products attracted the attention of exhibitors in mounting numbers, making the booth always crowded. In addition to the successful offline display, the online display has also received praise from clients. One of our customers who were unable to attend the exhibition due to the epidemic stated that although he could not attend the exhibition this year, he was informed about the exhibition through the online broadcast from C-Data. Admiring C-Data’s expertise in communication network technology and believing that our products met the needs of ISP networking, he was looking forward to establishing a long-term cooperative relationship with C-Data.

Through participating in the CIOE 2020, C-Data received many a request for cooperation and had gained a lot of traffic and exposure on brand and product promotion.

The advent of the 5G era will bring subversive changes in digital applications, as well as more business innovation opportunities. However, the current communication network has been operating overload. As a matter of fact, the increasing network applications have always created a great bandwidth demand for communication networks. C-Data has been committed to the technical innovation and product development of the communication network.




Passive Optical LAN(POL) and application prospect

Preface:At present,most enterprise networks use traditional copper wire LAN, which are showing more and more drawbacks. With the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, and 4K video, more and more businesses are gradually migrating to cloud data centers. Followed by changes in traffic and architecture, the majority of traffic has shifted from a local switching architecture to a cloud switching architecture. On the other hand, with the explosive development of video, IoT, and the Internet, these applications have increasingly higher requirements for high bandwidth and low latency. In the age of digital transformation, enterprises urgently need a network that can carry all “things” access, and the POL network is the best choice.

I. POL Introduction

1.1 POL overview

POL is an enterprise LAN based on PON technology that provides users with integrated data, voice, video and other services through optical fibers. It is not a new technology, but applies the PON network technology that has been proven for a long time in the ISP network to the enterprise network. POL can bring great value to customers, at the same time, it will not change the existing business planning and customers network connection mode, and can provide all the functions provided by the traditional LAN network.

1.2 POL topology

POL provides a Layer 2 transmission network, adopts PON technology to provide gigabit access to user, and uses a single optical fiber to converge sevaral services such as video, data, wireless, and voice.

POL toplogy:


1.3 Comparison between POL and traditional LAN

In the POL network, the aggregation switch in the traditional LAN will be replaced by the OLT, the copper cable will be replaced by the optical fiber, and the access switch will be replaced by the passive optical splitter. The ONU provides Layer 2/Layer 3 functions and provide data, voice and video services by wired or wireless.
The downstream of PON network adopts the broadcast mode: the optical signal is sent by the OLT and divided into multiple optical signals to each ONU with the same information through the optical splitter. The ONU selectively receives its own packages according to the tags carried in the message and discard the packages that tags are not match.

The upstream of PON network: the OLT uniformly allocates a time slice to each ONU. The ONU strictly transmits signals according to this time slice window.ONU will shutdown the optical port when the time slice does not belong to its own time slice. The upstream time window scheduling mechanism is highly dependent on the PON distance measurement technology.
An understanding of PON technology principles will help us to apply this technology more proficiently in network design,In particular, the passive (no power supply required) characteristics of its optical distribution network, and the point distribution planning and design caused by the difference from traditional switches require special attention.To ensure the traffic packets in both directions are forwarded on a single-core fiber, PON uses wavelength division to process two-way signal transmission at the same time. Upstream and downstream signals use different wavelengths, but are transmitted on the same fiber. The direction from OLT to ONU/ONT is the downstream direction, and vice versa is the upstream direction. The downstream direction uses 1490nm and the upstream direction uses 1310nm.
Line structure comparison:


Device selection comparison::

Subsystem Name Traditional solution equipments POL solution equipments
1 Device room/machine house system ODF、Voice distribution frame ODF,Splitter (centrally placed)
2 Backbone wiring/vertical wiring subsystem Most copper cables or indoor multimode optical cables Indoor single-mode optical fiber
3 Floor management/floor machine house system Rack/cabinet, copper cable distribution frame, optical fiber distribution frame Floor distribution box, optical fiber connector, optical splitter (dispersing device)
4 Horizontal wiring subsystem Twisted pair, indoor multi-mode optical cable Butterfly fiber
5 Work area subsystem Copper module, copper panel, copper cable Fiber and fiber connectors

II. POL advantage analysis

Through the comparison between POL and traditional LAN in the previous section, we can find the challenges of traditional LAN and the unique advantages of POL.

Challenges of traditional LAN:

A large number of switches occupy the space of the computer room, high power consumption, and difficult heat dissipation.

The connection between aggregation routers is complicated,and it takes up pipeline space, making wiring and maintenance difficult.

Switch locations are scattered,management is complicated, and a large maintenance team is required.
Transmission distance limitation.
It is complicated to add new network equipment.

It is difficult to upgrade and expand network.

Whether its transmission distance,smooth network upgrades,high reliability,flexible networking,easy deployment,and simplified operation and maintenance,the traditional integrated wiring system has completely lagged behind POL. The POL integrates the transmission of traditional integrated wiring with fiber to the desktop, fiber to user unit, and fiber to the public area and turns the original L3 network into a flat L2 architecture.Enterprises can integrate different systems such as data,voice,video security,and wireless into a single optical fiber network, which has incomparable advantages over traditional integrated wiring.

POL advantage analysis:

Advanced architecture:POL network uses single-mode fiber,with almost unlimited bandwidth potential, and smooth broadband upgrades on demand.

Safe and reliable:Full optical fiber transmission,anti-detection,anti-electromagnetic interference, PON device provides strong DoS defense capabilities, reducing network attacks.

Converged bearer: The POL solution can bear data, voice, video and other services on one network.

Space saving: The POL solution is super convergent. The park only needs to provide a core computer room and don’t need many floor computer rooms.

Wide coverage: Covered distance is 20km,meeting the coverage requirements of super-high buildings and super-large parks.

Green and energy-saving: The POL solution uses passive optical splitters to replace convergence equipment of the traditional network,and the equipment room does not require air conditioning,which is more energy-efficient.

Convenient maintenance: PON technology adopts a centralized management method to avoid the disadvantages of decentralized management of traditional schemes and reduce the difficulty of operation and maintenance.

Cost advantage: Based on past experience, using 1000 points as a sample, choosing POL’s FTTD (Fiber To The Desktop) method will save 15% cost compared to traditional switch networks, and choosing FTTO (Fiber To The Office) will save cost more than 58% compared to switch networks.

III. Prospects of POL Development

POL is in the early development stages currently, and the current utilization rate is not high, but significant changes will occur in the next five years. The degree of POL solutions selection by enterprise users is not high enough,but manufacturers and social groups have been vigorously promoting this technology,and the IoT demand will become an important driving force to promote POL.

When it comes to POL applicable scenarios,most people may think of places such as corporate offices,education parks,and hotels.It cannot be denied that these places are the most widely used places,but from the unique advantages of POL,we can see that POL helps reduce energy consumption and operating costs.The IoT is the key to truly promoting the adoption of POL technology by enterprises. In the IoT application solution,a large number of terminal devices scattered in various places need to be connected to the network,Traditional LAN cannot meet such demand, and POL can serve as a bridge to eliminate the gap in this demand.Therefore,POL will find greater applications in the urban infrastructure, manufacturing,processing,solar,wind,and smart energy fields.The reason is that the current cable lines in these industrial facilities usually extend several miles,while POL can extend a long distance,and nodes can be deployed along the line through multi-fiber co-cables and optical splitters.Take the manufacturing industry as an example,it involves sensors such as flow meters, filters,or temperature,these devices need to be connected to the Internet,and traditional LAN are difficult to meet their networking needs.What is needed is to be able to operate stably in the working environment of these sensor devices.And does not produce electromagnetic interference or radiation.POL is just such a technology.It has a long transmission distance,can be networked through an optical splitter,does not produce electromagnetic interference and radiation,and can be used for the connection of most equipment.It has great needs in manufacturing and processing industries.Play a role in the large area and wide coverag application scenarios.

POL is an amazing technology because it is based on optical fiber transmission,has a simple network structure,is easy to manage,and has certain advantages in both construction and operation and maintenance costs.With the continuous development of enterprises,users put forward higher requirements for bandwidth, and the use of optical fibers will become more and more common,expanding from campus networks,backbone networks to the access field.IT users try to accept it,and good technology will prove its value through time.But I have to admit that there is still huge resistance to POL’s promotion.Enterprises that have invested heavily in traditional LAN may not change to POL,at least not immediately.For small organizations,POL solutions may be not a good idea.Compared with twisted-pair copper-based networks,user may not use all the capacity that POL can provide,and the solution may become very expensive. Therefore,these two technologies may coexist in the future,and POL will be used to make up for the functions that traditional LAN cannot achieve.Moreover,for those who familiar with traditional network technology, it takes time to gradually learn, adapt, master and apply POL technology.


With the intelligentization of cities,the application of cloud computing and big data,and the popularization of IoT,more and more enterprise applications will become cloud-based in the future.For enterprise networks,the digital transformation is imperative,which requires a simple network.POL have the characteristics of one network with multiple services,cost-effectiveness, simplicity, flexibility,safety and reliability,effectively supports enterprise digitization.So it is becoming the best choice for digital transformation in education,hotel,electric power, transportation,smart security,industry and other fields.With the gradual improvement of customer recognition,the ecology is also growing. I believe that the POL will continue to grow rapidly in the future.



Security Policy Configuration Guide For FD11xx EPON OLT

Preface:C-Data FD11xx Pizza-Box EPON OLT series products is 1U high 19 inch rack mount product. The features of the OLT are small, convenient, flexible, easy to deploy, high performance. It is appropriate to deploy in an compact room environment. This article proposes security suggestions based on experience and actual user scenarios in the OLT side to enhance the security of the access network.

1.Security configuration suggestions

1.1 Configuration suggestion for username and password

The first time when you log in to the device, please modify the user name and password, including ordinary accounts and super users. The user password must meet the password complexity principle: the length is between 8-12 digits, and the combination of numbers,uppercase and lowercase letters is used,and continuous numbers or continuous numbers are avoided.Do not use phone,birthday,personal name,ID and other information known to others as passwords,and change the password regularly

Case:Add new user test9,user role is superuser,password is Dscn@#0247



Case:Modify new password of user test9 as Wsdf#$9345



1.2 Configuration suggestion for SNMP

If you do not use ems, web and other network management platforms that use the snmp protocol, it is recommended not to open the snmp protocol. If you need to enable snmp, do not configure the two well-known communities, public and private, and customize the random read-write community;

Case:Config OLT SNMP read community is Pdfrd34#,wirte community is Yosjd34@



1.3 Configure management VLAN

The configuration of management VLAN can effectively isolate the device from other VLANs to achieve more secure protection.

Case:config inbind management vlan is 200

epon# system ipconfig mgmt-vlan 200

1.4 Enable OLT access control

The FD11xx series OLT version which built time is 200601 or later, Access control can be based on ip and mac address. For login security, it is recommended to configure this function, only add the ip or mac address of the administrator, and restrict other ip or mac to log in to the device .

Case:Only allow device which ip is login OLT,Note:epon# system access-control admin enable must in the behind of the command of system access-control …



1.5 Disable web service

If you don’t use web to manage OLT,please disable web service,command as follows:

epon olt7

Summary:The FD11xx OLT has been used to IP Camera, Enterprise LAN and IOT applications.

The EPON OLT is popular used in ISP network, campus network, enterprise network. Since the users have different networking and application scenarios, this article proposes security recommendations on the EPON OLT side for users who lack an upper-level firewall or expose the OLT on the public network, in order to reduce the risk of hacker attacks.