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Types of Internet connections in Adelaide
Adelaide almost has as many broadband types as it does churches, so it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming to find the best one for you. Fortunately, if you know how much data you need and how much you want to spend on it per month, then you’re off to a good start… and we can help you with the rest! Your home address is also a very important factor to consider when finding a home broadband plan that’s optimal for your needs.
At the time of writing, the most prominent types of internet connections in Adelaide include the NBN, ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked Broadband, Cable, and the emerging 5G network. Plans and providers are also bountiful, so to compare the best internet deals in Adelaide, type in your postcode or suburb into the search bar above.
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 Adelaide
The NBN (National Broadband Network) is Australia’s new infrastructure, designed and implemented to improve Australia's broadband by replacing our old copper line networks with a more effective fibre optic cable system. Adelaide has largely already been upgraded to the NBN, though there are still large swaths where construction is still underway. Full completion of the NBN is set for the end of 2020. Common NBN connections found in Adelaide include Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), and Fixed Wireless Connection.
There are many different providers and plans that accommodate each and every NBN connection. Some NBN connection types are known to work more reliably than others; while you don’t get to choose what kind of NBN connection type you are given (it depends on your address), you can still counter a lesser NBN connection by selecting an NBN plan that has fast speed and ample data.
The NBN Co has cited that the NBN rollout will be 100% completed by the end of 2020. To find out if your address is ready for the NBN, enter your address into the rollout map at the top of the page. If your home is not yet NBN ready, the map will tell you when you can expect that to change, and tell you what type of NBN connection is designated to your area. If your home is already NBN active, you can start comparing the best NBN plans in Adelaide here. If it looks like your NBN is awhile off, you can compare ADSL in adelaide here.
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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How to Choose the Right Internet Service Provider?
Choosing the right internet service provider as well as the right plan for your home or business can take a long time. Even after you’ve already signed up for one, you may find yourself second-guessing your choice.
The good news is, you’re not the only one who experiences these very difficulties and you can make the selection process easier if you keep certain factors in mind. Comparing internet providers and the plans they offer is always a good first step, but after that, certain questions are bound to pop up. Many people are likely to have the same queries, so here, we’ll try to answer those frequently asked questions.
Is NBN Available In My Area?
According to NBN Co’s chief executive Stephen Rue in February 2020, the network is 90% complete. While the NBN™ is more widely available in Adelaide now than it was a year ago, it’s still worth checking NBN Co’s website to see if the network is available for your residence or your business. There’s also a rollout map to see which areas are already covered.
Are There Any Alternatives To The NBN?
If your residence or business doesn’t have a Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) connection yet, the best speed you can get with an NBN plan is 100Mbps. That’s a big improvement compared to ADSL’s top speed of 8Mbps, but it’s still less than ideal when you have more than a few people using the connection at the same time. In such cases, you’ll want to consider home wireless broadband and mobile broadband, both powered by mobile networks.
Home wireless broadband connects to 4G or 5G networks like a phone would, and you won’t need a technician to help you set up your wireless modem. However, take note that home wireless plans will also come with speed caps, unlike traditional NBN, and they can be more expensive than wired connections.
On the other hand, mobile broadband is a good option if you move around a lot or are a low-level internet user. It’s also a good option as backup in case your home broadband goes down. Unfortunately, data inclusions for mobile broadband plans are much lower than those of home wireless ones.
Do I Need A Technician To Install The Nbn?
You may be surprised to learn that no, you don’t need a technician to install the NBN™ connection box. Even NBN Co understands that very few people will be willing to wait at home or at work for an appointment with a technician. That’s why they made it possible for customers to request self-installation, as long as they’re within the organisation’s Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) footprint.
This option means that phone and internet providers won’t need to schedule an appointment for an NBN™ technician to attend, and customers can pick a time that suits them best to install the connection box.
What Is A Good Internet Speed?
We’ll be honest: this question doesn’t have a direct answer, because what’s fast for one user may not be enough for another. In summary, what qualifies as a good speed will depend on what you do online the most, and how many people will be using the connection.
Many online activities don’t require as many Mbps as you may expect; for example, HD video streaming may require only 5Mbps. So as you can see, between those two main factors, the most important one to consider is how many people will use the connection simultaneously. Since internet speed is a shared resource, a household with 5 people who are constantly online will need more Mbps than a household with only 3 people.