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Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) installations still require an access device at the point of entry into your home, which will be installed by an approved nbn installer or in some circumstances via self-install.
As mentioned above, HFC is short for Hybrid Fibre Coaxial. But if you’ve ever heard people refer to the term ‘cable’ when talking about internet connections, it’s basically the same thing. Cable internet technology and plans have been available for some properties in Australia for years, and the same tech is used by Pay TV services.
If your home has been allocated an HFC nbn™ connection, it’s most likely because your neighbourhood already has cable, including your own premises. The nbn™ is built using fibre optic cables that run all across the country. Starting out in major hubs, they travel all the way to different regions across Australia. The small connections, in suburbs and towns, are called ‘nodes’. Coaxial cables then run from the nodes to your home, connecting you to the national network.
There are a number of different nbn connections.
HFC, can offer a range of speed options like most nbn connections. Of course, these speeds can be affected by local traffic and your plan and provider. When comparing providers, just check to see if they offer tiers of speed, and take this into account when making your decision. For some additional research, check out the ACCC’s Broadband Performance Data site. It’s regularly updated with speed information from some of Australia’s top internet providers.
Most of what you need will be supplied. Firstly, an nbn™ utility box will sit outside of your home. This will connect to a box or cable modem inside. These are all supplied by the nbn™. The unit inside your home, known as an NTD (Network Termination Device) needs to be connected to a modem/router. This can be an existing piece of hardware you already own (if compatible with the network), or can often be provided by your nbn™ provider. Check with your chosen provider what modem options are available.
No matter what kind of nbn™ plan or connection you need, we can help to find you a setup that works for you. Depending on your location, type of premises and the number of people, there are plenty of factors to take into account.
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Last updated: 17/09/2021