Minimum Point of Entry

What Does Minimum Point of Entry Mean?

The minimum point of entry is the point at which a telecommunication provider’s wiring crosses or enters a building. This often occurs in a box on the outside of the building, or possibly in the basement. This is the point at which the carrier’s responsibility ends and customer’s responsibility begins.


The minimum point of entry is also known as the demarcation point, demarc or network interface device.

Techopedia Explains Minimum Point of Entry

A minimum point of entry is usually equipped with a surge protector to help protect wiring and connected equipment from damage. These points also allow a temporary disconnection of wiring from the telephone company wiring for troubleshooting purposes.

Local carriers are charged with bringing telecommunications lines to the MPOE, at which point competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) assume responsibility for wiring from the MPOE to the customer premise equipment, such as a router or phone system.


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