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While you can’t actually increase your internet speed, there are things you can do to manage the performance of your device, or devices. While these measures may make the internet on your device faster, they won’t actually change your internet speed. With that said, here’s some tips to get you started:
The NBN is one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects, designed to provide you with access to all the benefits of fast and reliable internet services.
The NBN uses a multi-technology mix (MTM) to deliver services to premises across the country. This means in some cases it takes advantage of existing hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) networks, as well as some parts of the ADSL/landline (copper) network, before connecting it to high-speed fibre cables.
The NBNCo own and maintain the network and sell access to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Telstra, Optus, and others. If you have NBN available in your area, you have the choice of ISP depending on who services your area.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how much data watching Netflix uses. While their HD videos can certainly use a lot, they offer different video quality options to help minimise the data being used.
Netflix provides estimates on the amount of data used based on the quality selected. These include:
How much data your internet plan has access to, and the speeds it can reach, will determine the best playback option for you.
If you regularly play interactive games that require internet streaming, it’s important you have a fast-speed broadband connection that can handle the amount of bandwidth required.
According to the ACCC, plans labelled as offering “Premium Evening Speed” on the NBN, should deliver a minimum speed of 60MBps during peak times. This plan is suitable for streaming an ultra-high definition movie at the same time as gaming on other devices.
If your provider doesn’t use this label, you should ask how services will operate during peak times, particularly if you’re on the NBN. For other services, such as ADSL, there are fewer speed guarantees available.
If you don’t have access to a phone line or cable connection, there are alternative ways for you to access the internet in Australia, such as through mobile broadband or fixed home wireless. What type is right for you ultimately depends on how you intend to use the service and its availability.
It’s worth considering the following questions before making your decision:
Unfortunately there’s no “best” or “one-size-fits-all” internet plan or provider, as finding a plan that suits you will ultimately depend on your individual needs and circumstances. It’s recommended you consider the following questions:
Answering these questions could help you determine a suitable plan for you. If you’re still unsure, you can compare internet plans with iSelect from our range of providers to find a plan that suits you.
Nothing is more frustrating than when your internet connection goes down. Before giving your internet service provider a call to fix it, there are a few things you can try at home first.
While these things may not always lead to a fix, it will help to isolate the issue. This means your ISP should be able to skip a lot of the troubleshooting steps with you and start the process for resolving the issue sooner.
As of February 2019, 8.8 million Australian homes and businesses are able to connect to the NBN network, compared to 6.5 million in March 2018. The rollout is expected to be completed by 2020, which means there isn’t long left to wait if your address is still awaiting serviceability.
To find out an estimated completion date, or to see what stage the NBN is currently at in your area, you can visit the NBN rollout map. By typing in your address, you’ll be able to see whether the service is available or the build has commenced, as well as what the planned availability date currently is.
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