- Broadband internet types explained
- Find out which connection is available at your address
- Find out if NBN is available at your address
Thinking of moving home? There are many things to think about when changing locations; having help with the small tasks, makes the large efforts a lot easier. If you’re selling to move, consider getting in touch with LocalAgentFinder to help you find an agent to list your property - that way, you can focus on researching your new area. In addition to acquainting yourself with the local neighbourhood and its amenities, you may find yourself in need of a new broadband connection when it comes time to move. In order to effectively compare Internet Service Providers in your area, it is important that you first understand what kind of broadband connections are available at your new address.
Internet is similar to most of our other service connections; we seldom think about it unless something goes wrong. If our services are neatly bundled into packages like a combined phone and Internet plan, changing your connection can become even less convenient, even if it’s not necessarily the best one for you.
With this in mind, it makes sense to consider your Internet subscription when moving homes. Depending on where you’re planning on moving to, your current Internet provider might not be the best candidate for your new home. Selling house is a great opportunity to start anew and set yourself up with the most viable service connections in your new area. You may find you have a great number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to choose from, or you might be stuck with just a few options. Either way, you should consider comparing different ISPs to find out which ones are going to be best for you and your new home location. Click here to find connection types and plans available at your address.
Broadband is an umbrella term that covers a range of ‘always-on’ Internet connections. Satellite, fibre optic, ADSL 2+, Naked DSL and cable all fall under broadband connections and are considered high speed Internet. Your location will dictate which kind of connection is best for you.
ADSL 2+ utilises existing copper wire networks for transmission, and for those seeking a home phone/internet bundle, is most often the cheapest option with many providers to choose from. The quality and speed of your connection however, is dependent on your property’s distance from the provider’s central office - the farther away, the slower and less reliable your connection.
Naked DSL runs off the same copper wiring as ADSL 2+, but allows you to bypass the line rental on a traditional phone line as the cabling is being purposed for Internet traffic only. Naked DSL is the most economical choice for people who don’t use their home phone.
Cable uses Hybrid-Fibre-Coaxial wire and is typically faster than DSL and satellite broadband. While the quality and speed of cable is not affected by distance, your available bandwidth is shared with others in your neighbourhood. The more people using the service at once, the slower the service will be for everyone.
Satellite is really only utilised in remote areas of the country. It is slower and more expensive than its counterparts, but it covers areas where other broadband are unavailable. For people who live in rural or remote areas, satellite is often the only option.
NBN (National Broadband Network) is the newest and most advanced of Internet connections. It offers the highest speeds available, but is presently only available in limited areas. The scheme is expected to take 10 years to complete so depending on when you are planning on moving, it may not be readily available in your new area. Click here to check if an address can access the NBN.
Reference our free Broadband Availability Checker to will help you to distinguish which kind of broadband is best going to service your home.
Once you’ve identified which kind of broadband connection is best for your location, it is important to diligently research the different ISPs that service your area and what packages they offer.
Major factors to compare are:
- Download and upload speeds
- Connection times and charges
- Cost and contract length
- Extra fees and data allowance
- Terms of service
- Add-ons and special features
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Knowing which broadband connection you need makes comparing ISPs much easier, and ensures that you are comparing apples and apples, not apples and oranges when it comes to fees and services. Impartial comparison allows you to select the best package for you, with no hidden charges or conditions and is particularly helpful when navigating tricky technology and services that people know little about.
Get your head around broadband and moving house with these useful links:
LocalAgentFinder: A free online comparison service that allows homeowners to compare a range of real estate agents by requesting information on their fees and services before listing.
Broadband Availability Checker: Check what types of Internet connections are available at your address.
NBN Availability Checker: Find out whether NBN rollout has started in your area.