Getting nbn™: How to know if you need to upgrade your router

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Aussie Broadband - How to know if you need to upgrade your router

You may have heard the terms ‘nbn™ compliant’, ‘nbn™ ready’, and ‘nbn™ compatible’ used to describe routers (which you may also know as a ‘modem’). What you really want to know is the answer to the simple question “is my modem compatible with nbn™?” The good news is that putting all that jargon aside, these terms usually mean the same thing: if it’s on the box, the modem/router can be used to connect to your National Broadband Network (nbn™) service at optimal speed. If not, you may need to look for a new modem/router when you move to the nbn™.

Do you need to upgrade your router?

The answer is, it depends. Your existing router might already be nbn™ ready, especially if it’s a newer model. Whether you can benefit from upgrading also depends on the type of nbn™ connection you have in your area and the speed tier of your nbn™ service plan. The best way to be sure is to check with your service provider. Aussie Broadband provide nbn™-ready routers when you sign up to our service.

Readiness depends on your nbn™ type

Whether your router is nbn™ ready depends on the type of nbn™ connection you’ll have in your area. Generally, if you have a fairly new router, you likely won’t need to upgrade to a new one to be nbn™ ready. Check with Aussie Broadband if you have any concerns or questions.

If you have Fibre to the Premises

If you’re getting Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) in your area, you’ll have fibre optic cable all the way to your house. Your router should have an Ethernet WAN port.

Our best residential CPE is the Netcomm NF17ACV.

If you have Fibre to the Node/Building

Fibre to the Node/Building (FTTN or FTTB) means fibre optic cable runs from your building’s main distribution frame (FTTB) or local node (FTTN), and the rest of the connection will use copper cabling. FTTN and FTTB services need VDSL2 routers.

If you have nbn™ wireless

This involves having a fixed antenna installed on your roof. The antenna receives and transmits wireless signals from/to your local nbn™ wireless tower. For this type of nbn™ service you’ll need a router with an Ethernet WAN port.

Speak with the Aussie Broadband team today to find out which router is best for your needs.

Modem vs router

The difference between a modem and router can be confusing since these terms can be used interchangeably. In this day and age, a modem/router usually implies that the CPE is DSL compatible due to the modem function, and is also capable of Ethernet WAN. A router doesn’t create a wireless network – a WAP built into the router does.

Check with Aussie Broadband to find out what you need to do to make sure it’s nbn™ compatible.

Taking advantage of full nbn™ speeds

So why is nbn™ readiness important? A compatible router lets you take full advantage of nbn™ speeds. Using an incompatible router will likely slow down your internet connection and defeat the point of the nbn™ – faster speeds!

The nbn™ has four official speed tiers.

  • nbn™ 12 – Offers 12/1Mbps download/upload speeds. This service tier is similar to ADSL2.
  • nbn™ 25 – Offers faster speeds suitable for everyday use, including video streaming. 25/5Mbps download/upload speeds are offered.
  • nbn™50 Supports high speeds for multiple users and high-data activities such as HD video streaming. This speed tier offers 50/20Mbps download/upload speeds.
  • nbn™ 100 – Offers 100/40Mbps download/upload speeds. At this speed tier, your office or home network can support multiple users comfortably even when they’re doing high-data activities like 4K video streaming.

Depending on which tier your nbn™ plan falls under, you’ll want to choose a router providing at least the applicable speeds.

Not sure which is for you? Check out this article on nbn™ speed tiers for more detailed information on the right nbn™ speed and download limit for your household or business.

Optimising your nbn™ connection

Start by ensuring your router is nbn™ compatible, and stay within range of your router when you’re online. Other ways to fully leverage your nbn™ connection include the following:

  • Cabled connections – WiFi is convenient because it’s a cord-free connection and you can move around your office or home without hassle. However, a cabled connection will usually give you a more reliable connection than WiFi.
  • Position your router – Keep your router within 1.5 metres of your nbn™ connection box to ensure you get a stable connection if you are using an rj11 cable to connect to the router. Ethernet cable connections are stable up to 100m in distance.
  • Wi-Fi settings – Check your WiFi settings to see if you can boost signal range and keep your router’s firmware up to date.
  • Change the channel – Play around with your router’s channels to find one that is less congested.
  • Use Wi-Fi booster – Use a WiFi booster or range extender to strengthen your signal. Your WiFi booster works by amplifying your modem router’s WiFi signal and boosting reach and signal strength. This is helpful if your home or office has thick walls.

Talk to your ISP

Having the right hardware is crucial to taking full advantage of the nbn’s™ faster speeds. The type of router you’ll need depends on the type of nbn™ connection you have. If you have a newer router, it’s likely to be compatible, but check with Aussie Broadband to be certain. The routers that we offer can be found on our website here, and you can speak with our Australian Team to find out which router is best suited to your needs.

Aussie Broadband is a 100% Australian-based, industry-leading ISP. We offer reliable and fast services to Aussie households and businesses. For a discussion about nbn™ in your area and the hardware you’ll need, speak to our Australian Team for a chat today.