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FTTC is used in circumstances where the fibre connection extends close to the premises, and is connected to a Distribution Point Unit (DPU), which is usually located in a pit on the street (or curb). The existing copper wiring is then connected to the fibre and DPU to make the final NBN connection to your home. FTTC usually provides faster internet than FTTN as it utilises its technology in a more streamlined way1.
Understanding the tech lingo of the NBN can seem a bit daunting, but it’s actually relatively simple. When it comes to the NBN, the words ‘fibre’ and ‘node’ are almost always used to explain how internet connection are facilitated. The NBN’s main goal was to increase internet speeds, reliability, and access, and to achieve these goals the NBN was built using fibre optic cables (Australia wide!) to then converge into a hub or ‘node’.
In the event of connecting FTTC, the node delivers your NBN connection through a fibre cable into your DPU. Once the connection is active, an existing copper wire will link the distribution point of the NBN to your premises.
Congrats… You are now connected to the NBN!
When choosing your NBN plan there are a variety of options and variables to consider. The first is your NBN connection type. There are seven different types of NBN connections available and each one may impact the strength of your internet connection.
Another factor can be the NBN plan you choose. There are generally six different types of speed tiers:
Additional factors to consider when understanding what may impact your NBN speeds include:
Connecting to the NBN is a relatively straightforward process, completed right in your home. Your phone and internet provider should arrange for an nbn approved installer to call you and organise a visit to your premises to connect you. 2 The NBN Co will provide you a free NBN Connection Device and your internet service provider will typically provide you with a router. In some cases a self-install option may be available. 2
The NBN Connection Device needs to be connected to a power outlet and a telephone socket with a cable. The Connection Device will then be connected to your wireless router via an ethernet cable (typically provided with your router).2 Once you plug your router into a power outlet, you’ll be able to connect your devices to your new NBN connection.
While your NBN connection type is determined by the location of your premise it doesn’t mean that you don’t still have an option when it comes to your internet plan or provider. iSelect have partnered with our friends at CIMET to help you compare from a range of NBN plan and providers that could help make your internet woes float away.* Get started comparing internet plans online today, or call our friendly team on 13 19 20.