When I disconnect its power, I lose Fios internet. Is it possible to move it to a hidden place? Thanks

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It is a power supply for a Verizon ONT. Look for where your Verizon fiber is connected to your house wiring via their box (ONT) or to a Verizon modem. You'll probably find a pair of power lines coming to it from your house phone wiring.

Usually the power supply would go next to or inside the ONT. Why it is installed here, we can guess: The Verizon fiber termination was wanted in a location where there is no power receptacle, so they ran power to it via your internal phone wiring. From there perhaps you use an ethernet cable to get to your router somewhere else. It seems odd but that's my guess.

Can you move it? As long as your ONT gets power somehow, you can move this or it.

Here for comparison is a more typical configuration: enter image description here

Edit: a bit more advice: Stop using obsolete wiring for critical new services. In most homes these days the internal phone wiring is disused. If you have a home phone line at all, it usually serves only a portable phone base station. So when rooms get redecorated, any surface wiring or wall jacks like this one tend to be cut out and removed without thought to phone service. For that reason, you SHOULD, when convenient, move this power supply and the Verizon ONT to a location where they do not depend on your 1970s phone wires, but instead are connected in a more obvious and maintainable way.

  • In the OP's picture, you can even see the clips on the left side of the housing where it's designed to clip onto the main ONT box and piggy-back off of its mounting to the wall.
    – FreeMan
    Apr 26 at 12:06
  • And don't you love that staple? It's so Cable Guy! You can just imagine that power cord going up and over 3 doors with 150 staples before it reaches its receptacle. :)
    – jay613
    Apr 26 at 12:38
  • I believe you're right. Our Fios modem is installed in a closet where there is no power outlet and its power appears to be provided this way. Thanks for your answer! I'm now thinking about how to get power into that closer.
    – ssppjj
    Apr 28 at 19:17

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