• What To Do Before Installation
  • How To Connect To The NBN
  • Different Types of NBN Connections

In previous posts, you have learned the basic information about the NBN network modem, and what sets this apart from other devices, such as routers, at home.

Today, people are demanding Internet usage more than ever before, since they use it at home, at work, in the classroom, and in doing business dealings. High-speed Internet has gone beyond the cities and is now in rural destinations.

By the end of the article, you will get to know a step-by-step guide on connecting to the NBN system.

What to do before installation

NBN has partnered with Internet Service Providers to present their products to the clients. The three main types offered in the catalogue are Fibre to the Premises, Fibre to the Basement, and Fixed Wireless.

The type of node depends on your location. Taking note of the installation steps will guide throughout completing the process. So, what happens before the installation?


NBN FTTPs are cables connected to the network, passing through above or below the ground. Inside your residential units and properties, the company has these Fibre Connection Boxes installed. These pertain to the apparatus installed on walls in your places of residence. These can either be covered or uncovered, leading us to the next type of node.

NBN Fixed Wireless

There are particular scenarios when wireless signals are transferred from transmission towers where you are located. At home, the provider will have these as your Wireless Connection Boxes. Like the previous kind, they are mounted on walls in your premises.


Meanwhile, the NBN FTTBs refer to Fibre to the Basement, wherein, the cable follows the path from the corner of your street moving toward the basement of the building. In here, what happens is that, in the building, the provider hasn’t made any installation, but the technicians may have connected the first wall socket with their network, or one of your phone sockets currently.

How to connect to NBN™

Now that you have learned about the guidelines prior to networking connection, it is important that you take yourself into the main point of discussion: How to connect to the NBN device.

Likewise, we will present according to the node type.

Fibre to the Premises

To connect the NBN network’s FTTP mode, the NBN installer will first visit your premises with the gear, tools, and equipment needed for the setup. Remember, it is important that a homeowner or a caretaker of legal age, meaning, over the age of 18, must be present during the appointment.

Second, there are requirements and recommendations for connecting the FTTP. It should be:

  • In within 1.5 metres of the electrical outlet 
  • In an office space or study room, or nearby your current sockets for the phone
  • A cool, ventilated, and dry area without the water outlets that run around the sinks 
  • Farther away from busy areas where it may be damaged or knocked down
  • A place where equipment may be reached
  • A place where there are never any renovations ongoing 

Fibre to the Building and Fibre to the Node

When it comes to the FTTB and FTTN modes, setting up and installation follow the similar procedures as in the previous mode, with certain additions. The fibre optic cable shall lead to the Main Distribution Frame of the building, usually within the basement or in one of your locked telecom cabinets.

From this point, the distribution frame shall be connected to the wall socket of your building using the internal copper cable.

With the FTTN, it is similar, except that the connection point is a node along the street or from a nearby area. Copper cable is also used.

Remember, with these two nodes and how to install them, you can be able to utilise the same wall socket previously utilised for the traditional ADSL broadbands and copper phone handsets.

When it comes to these modes, the installer is not usually required, and the technician will be present to check the connectivity of the device with your premises. He or she will then determine if a new wall socket or copper wire is required.

Fibre to the Curb

The FTTC is the mode that takes the connection to a distribution point in reverse power. It happens in your street curb’s pit or pole, and from this point, the cabling will get to the wall socket within your premises.

In multi-dwelling establishments such as apartment buildings, copper cabling may go through the building’s Main Distribution Frame, typically within your basement or in a cabinet set up to be locked for the telecoms.

The NBN network Connection Box will then be plugged into the same socket on the wall you previously have for your ADSL broadband sets and copper phone handsets. Afterwards, you can connect the iiNet modem with the Connection Box to begin fully with the home wireless network setup.

To install, it shall be done beyond your premises. There are times when both the homeowner and the installation specialist must be present to check whether things are being done right.

NBN™ Wireless

The wireless mode is a different scenario. There will be a fixed antenna on the roof which will receive the wireless signal from the local NBN Wireless source. The Outdoor antenna located on the roof shall be connected to a wall outlet for the Connection Box.

First, the installation team will attend to the process, with a person of legal age to supervise, and the latter pertains to the homeowner. Similar to the previous modes, there are recommendations:

  • The device must be within 1.5 metres of the outlet
  • It should be in a study room or office area, or nearby phone sockets
  • The area where they are installed must be ventilated and dry, without water outlets or sinks in the vicinity
  • It must be away from busy spaces where they could get damaged or knocked
  • They must be where they are easily reached
  • No major renovations must be in the area


Pertaining to Hybrid Fibre Coaxial, the HFC refers to cables that lead to your street’s node, and connected from the node toward a Premises Connection Device located on your establishment’s outside walls. These lead to the wall socket in the interiors.

The coaxial wiring will be installed from the Connection Device to the wall socket inside the premises. Then, you will be able to utilise the same wall socket you have had before for your Pay TV services or cable broadband. 

Should you happen to have the Pay TV service with the cable, the wall socket is fitted with the cable’s splitter to provide you with a port for the Connection Box under the NBN company, and the port for the Pay TV service. After these, you can then connect your iiNet Cable Gateway to your Connection Box, and get started installing the network.

To install, simply follow the requirements from the other nodes, including what are needed in the area of your premises.

NBN™ Satellite

Last but definitely not the least is the NBN satellite. The installation team shall determine whether your properties are an ideal location to install these satellite dishes. When a non-standard installation is needed, the installer shall supply quotes for additional charges that may incur.

Connecting to your NBN™ should not be difficult. With the use of the right tools, with the know-how of the installation team, and these guidelines, you can be able to use the Internet at home or in your office without encountering a variety of problems and with no hassles.