Bypassing needless CenturyLink Wireless Router on Gigabit Fiber

What's missing? The CentryLink C2000T!
What’s missing? The CenturyLink C2000T! (Pictured: CenturyLink Optical Network Terminator (ONT) [left], CyberPower Battery UPS [center], Netgear Nighthawk R7000 [right])
My home recently got upgraded with CenturyLink’s gigabit fiber service, which is pretty damn great. As part of the installation, they run fiber optic cable into your home which terminates at a Optical Network Terminator (ONT), which is essentially a Fiber-to-Ethernet modem. By default, CenturyLink will also install their own wireless router in your home because (a) most people need a wireless router and (b) they can make you pay $8/month for the device (or $100 once to buy it from them).

I’m interested in neither of those options, so I learned how to remove the needless extra device from the mix. I’m happy with this setup because it saves me a watt or two of power at the wall plug, and it removes one more thing that could fail/need to be rebooted.

Here’s how I removed the CentryLink C2000T from my home networking setup…

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Thanks for Riding!

I wanted to give my utmost thanks to all of you who have road along with me every day for the last month. Being able to share this journey with you has made it feel a lot less like I was out here on my own. I’ve greatly appreciated your comments, txts, emails, phone calls, prayers, well wishes, etc. You helped to make this worth the doing.

To all the folks I’ve met along the way: a special thanks for all of the warm places to stay, the meals, and the company. You made me so very welcome in your homes – you made the trip something truly special!

To my wife: you are simply the best! I know you’re probably never going to encourage me to do something like this again – but your encouragement, love, and constant unwavering support reminded me every day why I asked you to spend the rest of our lives together. I love you.

To all of my friends, family, hosts, random folks in coffee shops, drivers who honked, waved or just flashed a smile of encouragement, and all of you other virtual tourists – thank you from the bottom of my heart for riding along with me.

Sincerely,
Kevin