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fiber optic modem or just router

hello!
i was hoping for some real help here..
my internet provider (in Romania) offers fiber optic service and they say i do not need a modem to connect to the internet via a cable.. When i asked what i need for wifi access, he said that just a router without modem (something for ADSL that supports pppoe ....then something UTP)
Does this make any sense? I am planning on buying a router/modem from abroad and i do not know what the safe option would be for such a setup.
Can anyone help? Many thanks

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There are various methods of delivering internet over fiber. Some use a form of DSL and others use fancy multi frequency lasers.

There is always a box that will convert from the fiber to copper ether net. Hard to say what you call that box. It does what a people call a modem on DSL and cable but even those boxes do much more that what a "modem" used to mean.

If your ISP says you need just a router or you just your PC then they mean they are delivering a copper ethernet port to you. They will provide the box "IE modem" that does whatever conversion is needed.

You can use any router that says its WAN port is ethernet.

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Thank you for your fast reply! Much appreciated

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