- ADSL is more common and typically more cost effective
- Mobile broadband is suitable for travellers or light users
- Mobile Wireless speeds are slower, and data limits lower than that of NBN or ADSL
If you want to be able to access the internet whilst in every room of your home, from the toilet to the backyard, it will be necessary to get a wireless internet connection. The problem is whether you should go for NBN, ADSL, or a mobile wireless connection.
The NBN WiFi Option
NBN has various speed tiers which include the Basic, Standard, Fast, Ultrafast, and Superfast. The speed tier that you will be eligible with depends on the connection type available in your area. Generally, you have to be able to identify the speed that you need based on the number of users simultaneously connecting to the internet in your home. Even the typical internet activities you perform can affect the speed that you need. Rest assured that in the foreseeable future, even the fastest speed tiers will already be made available in various regions.
The ADSL WiFi Option
The ADSL WiFi is when you have a connection coming into your home through older copper telephone wires. The wired connection will link to a modem with wireless capabilities to create a WiFi signal within your home so you can connect wirelessly across multiple devices.
However, the old copper wires making the ADSL2+ WiFi option available are slowly being replaced by fibre optic cables that support the NBN. For this reason, it can be considered that the NBN is the optimal form of wireless internet one can have at home. Thereby, if it’s already available in your area, definitely go for it. On the contrary, when that is not yet available, ADSL2+ is your next best option. Not only can you get a large amount of download data on a good plan, but it is a relatively fast internet connection as well.
The Mobile Wireless Broadband Option
Mobile Wireless broadband is an option where you plug a small USB stick, or ‘dongle’ as it’s commonly known, into your computer so you can receive an internet signal via mobile phone towers. The USB stick has a SIM card inside of it and works much like a mobile phone.
Mobile Wireless is great for people who want to be online everywhere they go. Those who travel a lot for business or pleasure can connect to wireless signals all over Australia easily with Mobile Wireless because this type of modem functions anywhere, and isn’t restricted to the area within their own homes like NBN or ADSL Wi-Fi. However, Mobile Wireless is limited to coverage areas that a specific provider’s mobile phone towers’ service.
If you are a light internet user, Mobile Wireless can be a great option, as you don’t need to pay for an active landline telephone service, and plans are often prepaid, or extremely cheap to access small amounts of data. If your coverage is good, you can get high speeds, especially if you’re on a 4G, or better yet, covered by a 5G service.
On the flip side, like a mobile phone, Mobile Wireless can be more temperamental than a stable ADSL or NBN internet connection, as ‘dropouts’ and ‘black spots’ can occur. Dropouts are like when your mobile suddenly loses connection, and a black spot is where a geographical feature impedes the flow of a mobile phone tower’s wavelength so that you can’t find a signal. In these instances, you can add an antenna to try to enhance the reception and/or speed of the connection.
Not to mention, Mobile Wireless usually works out to be more expensive than an NBN or ADSL plan if you are a heavy user. It doesn’t provide a lot of download data, and speeds can change unpredictably although this technology has come a long way over the years and is evolving at an exponential rate.
Wirelessly networking multiple computers:
If you have more than one computer at home, it’s often ideal to have a wireless router setup so you and your friends/family/colleagues can be online at the same time.
For NBN or ADSL Wi-Fi connections, this is a simple process, as the modem and router are usually combined in one unit.
With Mobile Wireless, this network is more difficult to create, as a USB dongle can only plug into one computer at a time. In cases like this, you would have to purchase a special Mobile Wireless router to create a Wi-Fi signal within the home.
As Mobile Wireless speeds are slower, and data limits lower than that of NBN or ADSL, this type of network doesn’t always provide each person with a good user experience.