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There are few things more annoying than slow internet – especially when you’re trying to stream your favourite show or download a big file.
Internet speed can affect every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we communicate, so it’s more important than ever that Australia takes the time to understand the facts.
Here’s what you need to know:
What can affect your internet speed
Your NBN connection
If you’re connected via FTTP, for example, you’re much more likely to enjoy faster speeds than what’s available on FTTB or FTTN.
If there are lots of people using the internet at the same time, it’s likely that your connection will be a lot slower than if it was just you logging on.
Speeds can be ‘capped’ or restricted by your provider – mainly as a preventative measure to ensure you don’t exceed the amount of data in your plan.
Location can also impact the speed of your NBN connection. It often comes down to how many people are sharing your node. For example, the more people sharing a node, the slower the internet speed.
Your router, your modem and even your network cable can all play their part in either increasing or decreasing your connection speed.
Downloading vs. uploading
When comparing NBN plans, you’re likely to come across information on both upload and download speeds.
For most home users, the download speed will be their top priority, as this will impact how fast a page loads, a movie buffers or a game downloads.6
For those interested in uploading documents or videos, however, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the upload speed limits for your plan.
Choosing the right internet speed
When it comes to NBN plans, most service providers offer a choice of four internet speeds. Here’s a rundown of how they work to help you choose the right one for you.
This option isn’t particularly fast and is similar to what you may already experience with your ADSL connection. If you’re looking to make the most of NBN speeds, we wouldn’t recommend this one.
Max download speed: 12Mbps
Max upload speed: 1Mbps
If you’re looking for a speed that lets you easily browse the web, stream videos online and/or access your emails, this could be the best option for you.
Max download speed: 25Mbps
Max upload speed: 5Mbps
This tier is ideal for families or homes where multiple people are streaming videos in high definition (HD), playing online games or uploading and downloading large files.
Max download speed: 50Mbps
Max upload speed: 20Mbps
This speed will allow you to do anything from streaming videos in 4K to playing responsive online games in HD and downloading large files.
Max download speed: 100Mbps
Max upload speed: 40Mbps
Ready to get connected?
It’s time to see how iSelect can help you secure the perfect internet plan for you. Compare your internet options now or give us a call on 13 19 20 to speak with one of our broadband team members today.