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UFiber GPON - UNMS Integration

Overview

Readers will learn how UFiber networks can integrate with the Ubiquiti Network Management System (UNMS) in order to monitor and manage many different devices at once.

NOTES & REQUIREMENTS:
  • Applicable to the v4.0.0+ firmware on the UFiber OLT and ONU models.
  • More information on the Ubiquiti Network Management System can be found on the UNMS website.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Network Diagram
  2. UNMS Integration Options
  3. Connecting the OLT to UNMS
  4. Configuring the ONUs and OLT using UNMS
  5. Related Articles

Introduction and Network Diagram

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The UFiber GPON equipment is designed to provide robust hardware that is ease to deploy and manage.  In the example setup below, a UFiber OLT (UF-OLT or UF-OLT-4) is used as the core of the GPON network, connecting the PON side to the rest of the routing and switching domain. The SFP+ uplink port(s) are used to connect UFiber GPON network to the rest of the routing and switching domain. On the uplink side, we use a high capacity router (ER-8-XG) and switch (ES-16-XG), connected to the OLT using 10Gbps SFP+ fiber modules or DAC cables.

On the PON side, we insert a GPON OLT SFP module (UF-GP-B+ / UF-GP-C+) into the OLT, supporting up to 128 UFiber ONUs (UF-Nano / UF-LOCO / UF-WIFI / UF-Instant) per PON port when using PLC splitters. Each ONU connects a client site (for example a home or business) to the PON network. 

Finally, the entire Ubiquiti network consisting of EdgeRouters, EdgeSwitches and UFiber OLT/ONUs is managed through the Ubiquiti Network Management System (UNMS). In this example, the free UNMS Cloud service is used to manage the network, but it is also possible to install UNMS on your own self-hosted server.

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Example network consisting of various EdgeMAX and UFiber devices that is managed through the UNMS Cloud service.

UNMS Integration Options

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Connecting the UFiber OLT to UNMS will provide you with many different configuration options and monitoring services. For most tasks, it is no longer necessary to directly log into the Web UI of the OLT. Instead, you can use UNMS to change the configuration or view the logs of each individual OLT and ONU.

Some of the available features that are provided by UNMS are:

  • Extensive, long-term statistics for each individual device.
  • Latency, outage and device statistics (CPU, RAM, temperature) tracking.
  • Traffic amounts (Rx and Tx) for PON ports and the uplink SFP+ port(s).
  • Signal strength of connected ONUs.
  • Various ONU and OLT configuration options.
  • Assign ONUs to (client) sites and obtain an overview of your network through the topology view.

All of these features will become available by simply connecting the OLT to the UNMS server. It is not necessary to connect each individual ONU to UNMS. See the section below.

Connecting the OLT to UNMS

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After logging into the OLT, it is recommended to upgrade the firmware to the latest stable UFiber release. The latest UFiber OLT firmware can be downloaded from the UFiber Downloads page. Use either of the two options below, depending on the firmware version that is currently active on the OLT:

Firmware v4.0.0 or newer
Firmware v3.1.3 or older

If the OLT is running a newer firmware release (v4.0.0 or newer), follow the steps below to upgrade the firmware:

GUI: Access the UF-OLT Web UI.

1. Navigate to the System settings  settings.png  tab.

2. Select the Firmware upgrade  upgrade.png  button in the System actions section and browse your filesystem for the firmware release you wish to upload.

3. Wait for the firmware to be uploaded to the OLT.

4. Reboot the device when prompted.

5. Wait for the firmware upgrade process to complete.

If the OLT is running an older firmware release (v3.1.3 or older), follow the steps below to upgrade the firmware:

GUI: Access the UF-OLT Web UI.

1. Navigate to the System settings in the bottom left corner of the Web UI.

System > Upgrade System Image > Upload a file...

2. Select Upload a file and browse your filesystem for the UFiber firmware release you wish to upload.

3. Wait for the firmware upgrade to complete.

NOTE: The firmware upgrade process is indicated with the process.png  loading icon.

4. Reboot the device when prompted.

After the firmware has been upgraded to the latest (v4.0.0+) release, follow the steps below:

1. click on the UNMS  unms.png  button in the top-right corner of the Web UI.

2. Either manually paste in the UNMS key or use the Add to UNMS Cloud option.

NOTE: See the The UNMS Key and the Device Registration Process article for more information on the UNMS key.

3. The OLT will automatically connect to UNMS.

4. Access the UNMS server and navigate to the Devices  devices.png  tab to assign the OLT to a site.

Configuring the ONUs and OLT using UNMS

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The UFiber OLT and ONUs can be directly configured from UNMS. It is possible to add VLANs to the uplink SFP+ port for example, or change the network mode (bridge / router) for the ONU.

GUI: Access the UNMS Controller Web Portal.

To configure the UFiber OLT, navigate to the Devices  devices.png  tab and select the OLT. This allows you to configure various options, such as:

  • PON and SFP interfaces (including VLANs).
  • Management interface and IP address.
  • System configuration options such as Client Isolation and IGMP Snooping.
  • Active services such as NTP and SNMP.
  • Access the Terminal  terminal.png  to run CLI commands.

To configure the UFiber ONUs, navigate to the Devices  devices.png  tab, select the OLT and then navigate to the ONU list  onu-list.png  tab. This allows you to configure various options, such as:

  • ONU network mode (bridge or router).
  • Network settings, including bandwidth limitations and VLANs.
  • Active services such as SSH and Telnet.
  • Port negotiation options.
  • Router mode settings such as DHCP, UPnP and Port Forwarding.
  • Bridge mode settings such as tagged and untagged VLANs.
  • Wireless network settings for the UF-WIFI ONU.

Related Articles

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UFiber GPON - Getting Started

UFiber GPON - Designing a GPON Network

UNMS - Sites and Clients

UNMS - Device Discovery

UNMS - The UNMS Key and the Device Registration Process

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