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fios battery backup questions

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I am wondering if the fios battery backup is okay with generator power.  I have a generac whole house generator and I have one ups that is fine with it and a smaller one that does not like the power it puts out.

Wondering if the fios ups will work with it or keep going on and off house power during an outage.

Also, does the fios backup keep every fios service running?  I realize the stb's need another power supply.

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Just think of the BBU as a UPS if you know what that is.  It's there just incase you lose power and still need to use the telephone.  Video and Data will not work if the BBU is unplugged. and Yes you can use it with a generator assuming it is providing the recommend amount of power etc.

 

I have my BBU and router plugged into a UPS...I tend to use the internet more than phone...but that's just me.

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Can someone provide the power requirements of the BBU / ONT combo such that it would be possible to size a UPS for it?  Barring that, what VA rating are others using for this application?
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The smallest UPS you can find will be big enough. I haven't been able to find a VA rating on the power supply, but from my electric bill, i'd guess that average power consumption is about 40 watts, it may be a  low Power Factor, so I'd say 100VA as the absolute maximum.

 

You can figure the telephone side is at most 10 watts. The BBU unit has a 12V/7AH battery that is supposed to last about 8 hours.

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Does Verizon offer an option where they back up the internet service as well?  It just seems silly to back up one UPS with another.  It's hard to imagine that this option wouldn't be available for business customers.
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@astro_guy wrote:
Does Verizon offer an option where they back up the internet service as well?  It just seems silly to back up one UPS with another.  It's hard to imagine that this option wouldn't be available for business customers.

 

No, the BBU is only intended for the phone system. The thought behind that was that if power went out, then your computers and TV's would not have power to run (not considering laptop batteries) so there would be no need for internet and video to work if the power was out. And with only having to power the phone, the power draw is low enough to make a battery feasible. If it had to power the internet and video as well, that battery would have a significantly lower life expantcy. And many areas of the country require the phone to work for a certain amount of time which is one of the reasons for the battery in the first place. Adding the other services to that list would lower the battery life enough to violate the reqirements for the phone to work. Hence, the bbu only powers the tv/internet for 5 minutes after the power goes out, then it drops the internet/video to save power for the phone.



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As stated the Verizon Supplied battery is for phone service only. I have had the Verizon power supply and router plugged into an APC Back Up 500 for more than three years, all works great. Long enough for me to finish or save what I am working on, because I have a large UPS in my computer room. The DVR is also on another Back Up 500, and it does not blip when the lights blink, and that is good. I would say get one large enough for the ONT and router power with a few minutes to spare. My battery back up was made by APC with the Verizon name on it. Last time I looked APC did not advertize the product any longer.
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