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Types of Internet connections in Darwin
Sunny Darwin has a wide array of internet connection options, including the NBN, ADSL, ADSL2+, and Home Wireless. There are also many different plans with different speeds and data available that may inform the performance speed of your internet service. To find the best broadband service for your specific needs and location, enter your address into the search bar above and get started!
NBN uses fibre optic cables that can provide super fast and reliable internet to your home.View NBN Plans
ADSL2 is the most widely available internet connection and gives you access to speeds up to 24Mbps.View ADSL2+ Plans
Cable broadband connections are delivered over a dedicated cable from the exchange to your home.View Cable Plans
Home Wireless broadband can run up to 20 times faster than an NBN 100Mbps connection.View Home Wireless Plans
Types of NBN connections in Darwin
To find out if/when your home is NBN ready, use our rollout map below. The map will also tell you what kind of NBN connection your area has been designated. Be sure to enter your full, accurate address, as the difference between an NBN-ready zone and one that’s still under construction may be as slight as one street; at least until the NBN rollout is fully completed.
You do not get to choose what kind of NBN connection your home is given; different NBN locations are allocated to different regions, and they type your home gets is luck of the draw (this is why the system is often colloquially and sometimes derisively referred to as the NBN Lottery). It’s advised that NBN customers have an understanding that the speed of broadband/Wi-Fi service can depend on any number of factors, from infrastructure to a poorly placed fish-tank. If you are unhappy with your NBN connection, you can typically improve its performance by choosing a NBN plan that has more data and a higher speed tier. But if you are experiencing any difficulties with the speed or connectivity of your NBN, the first and best thing to do is to call your internet service provider for help. There are several different types of NBN connection available in Darwin, including;
. Fibre to the Curb (or FTTC), which is a type of NBN where the fibre cabling is connected through a Distribution Point Unity (DPU) that is usually located within a street curb close to your home.
. Fibre to the Building (or FTTB) which is typically found in larger communal buildings such as retirement homes and apartment complexes.
. Fibre to the Premises (or FTTP) which is where the fibre-optic cable is connected directly into your house or office. Sometimes also referred to as Fibre to the Home (of FTTH).
. Fibre to the Node (of FTTN) which is where the fibre-optic cabling runs through your old telephone exchange and into a node.
. Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Cable (or HFC) which is a fusion technology that combines a coaxial cable and the fibre optical cable. This technology is typically plugged onto the old Pay TV infrastructure.
. Fixed Wireless, which is a very common NBN connection to find it rural locations that do not have ready access to any fixed line NBN connections. Fixed Wireless involves an outdoor antenna getting installed in or around your house so that it can transmit data that is sent by a designated NBN Fixed Wireless tower.
Fibre to the premises / home
When the NBN project initially commenced, the government at the time intended to roll out fibre optic cabling all the way up to your home or business property. This type of connection is call Fibre to the premises/home
Fibre to the node
Mid-way through the NBN roll-out, a change in Government leadership saw some funding constraints which lead to a slightly different roll-out approach for the NBN. This approach involves an amalgamation of original copper systems and fibre optic systems. This is referred to as Fibre to the node (FTTN).
Fixed wireless connection
In some cases - particularly in remote locations - it would be impractical or too expensive to physically connect a property to the fibre-optic network. In such cases properties will be connected by a wireless network. This is referred to as a Fixed Wireless NBN connection.
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