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Mar 07

NBN plans and speed explained in a simple way

By Peter Wiedemann | NBN Internet

Want a simple, non-technical way of understanding how the difference between the four NBN plans and speed can affect you, then read on.

NBN Plans Speed Expectations

From what I can see the biggest confusion and disappointments involve NBN plans and speed expectations and not understanding how they may affect you.

There a four standard NBN service speeds available: NBN 12 (12/1), NBN 25 (25/5), NBN 50 (50/20) & NBN 100 (100/40), with NBN 12 being the slowest and NBN 100 being the fastest.

Each plan roughly doubles in speed rating, however that does not mean you actually experience a doubling in performance by going to the next level.

There are many factors as to why this may not happen in the real world and since we are not going to get all technical, you will just need to accept this as being true*.

NBN 12 (12/1 Mbps) – slowest, cheapest.

If you currently have a very average or bad ADSL internet service, then in the majority of cases this is what NBN 12 will be like for you. That is why it is the cheapest.

If you currently have a ‘Good’ ADSL service (it downloads fast and plays movies with little buffering) then in the majority of circumstances it will be better than an NBN 12 service.

So in summary for most people an NBN 12 service will be slower than or NOT be as good as their current ADSL service.

NBN 25 (25/5 Mbps) – a little better.

NBN 25 plan should be a big improvement if you currently have a bad ADSL internet service, however it still will NOT deliver the high performance hype that people believe an NBN service to be.
If you currently have a good ADSL service (it downloads fast and plays movies with little buffering) then in the majority of circumstances you may notice an improvement, however, it will not be a big improvement.

So in summary most people should consider the NBN 25 as the minimum entry level. It is not a performance plan but should provide a similar or better service than their current ‘good’ ADSL service.

NBN 50 & NBN 100 (50/20 Mbps & 100/40 Mbps) – fast & faster speeds.

Experience a dramatic improvement over your current good ADSL service and the hype around NBN performance starts to become a bit more real.
Of course, the starting price is higher for these services however the internet has now become an integral part of our lives that can also produce costs savings (think of discounts in online shopping, travel & holidays, work from home, fix anything videos, and so forth).

Therefore, it should be very achievable to save the extra cost of a better home NBN internet WiFi service through on-line purchases and info.

Sometimes you can even snap up an NBN bargain such as this current offer of a NBN 50 Speed plan for the price of NBN 25 service.

Many Factors Influence NBN Speed

Obviously an NBN 100 should provide a faster experience than the NBN 50, but please remember that there are many factors that influence throughput speed (or the Mbps)*.

As a rough rule if you expect to achieve 70% of the NBN speed rating most of the time, then this is a far more realistic expectation than believing that you are about to ride a rocket.

Besides, NBN 50 & 100 are still a vast improvement over the current ADSL services and keeping a family happy as they all access the internet at once is also a bonus.

Internet speed is like the hot water system.

Sharing an NBN 25 with a family of 3 to 5, all active at the same time is like everybody having the hot water running from different taps and with the pipe only delivering 70% of the pressure, every tap is now just dribbling hot water.

However, if you install an industrial pressurised hot water system, then even if the pipe only delivers 70% pressure, all the taps are spouting water at an impressive speed because they are still above the minimum pressure (speed) required to make it work well.

It is the same with the internet. If you need to share the same bandwidth with a number of people then everybody suffers, but if you get a bigger one then it is less of an issue because you can now maintain a faster average internet speed required for this technology to work properly.

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.

Get the family together (3 to 5 people) and all download or stream a different movie at the same time on your Good ADSL service, then take notice what happens to your average speed and how this affects what you are doing.

Just remember to smile because you need to enjoy these family bonding moments, and I assure you that more of these will occur as we become even more dependent on our internet WiFi, not just for entertainment but also for our daily requirements.

In conclusion, in a shared 3+ family or work environment an NBN 50 plan provides a better service over an NBN 25 because it maintains a better average minimum speed required to make all this work properly.

Hopeful this has been of assistance to anybody trying to gain a basic understanding of how NBN speeds can affect them.

Our next article we will cover what Limited and Unlimited data means with NBN plans.

Looking for a bargain?

In case you missed it, here is the link to the NBN 50 for the price of a NBN 25 offer.

*There are many factors both technical (non-commercial) and service (commercial) as to why the NBN theoretical maximum speeds may not be reached, or not consistently achieved, by the majority of NBN subscribers across approximately 60 NBN retail suppliers. Of course this may change in the future however currently this is my interpretation (the author) of what the majority of NBN subscribers are currently  experiencing.

Nov 25

Best NBN Routers

By Peter Wiedemann | Routers NBN

Which router should I choose?

There are no hard and fast rules as to when an upgraded WiFi router will provide better performance or user experience, so the following examples should simply be used as a guide. You will need to take into account your own particular circumstances, unique requirements and environment if choosing an upgrade.

It is important to note that it is the WiFi component of these routers that makes the most difference. If routers are hardwired to the devices then a faster throughput will generally always be achieved.

Motion Telecom supplies three categories of WiFi Router for NBN services – Standard/Base Model, Mid-Range Model and Hi-Performance Model.

Standard/Base Model

Image: NetComm Wireless NF10WV

A base model router provides good performance with all plans. With the 12Mbps & 25Mbps there is no real benefit gained by upgrading to a better WiFi router. Even with the NBN 50Mbps & NBN 100Mbps plans, the base model provides good performance for most single user requirements.

The base model router we supply with our NBN plans is NetComm’s Wireless NF10WV – it provides a good value to performance ratio.

Mid-Range Model

Image: NetComm Wireless NF4V

If your home environment is one where there are multiple simultaneous users streaming video, internet TV, downloading, general gaming and using VoIP to make calls, then a Mid-Range router will provide a better user experience when used in-conjunction with NBN 50Mbps & NBN100 Mbps plans. It is also a good choice for businesses accessing internet based applications via WiFi with up to approximately 5 users.

We supply an upgrade option with NetComm’s Wireless NF4V which is ideally suited for simultaneous multi users and tasks.

Hi-Performance Model

Image: NetComm Wireless NF17ACV

A High-Performance router is an over-kill for most home users. But if you are a heavy duty serious gamer with multiple simultaneous gaming users, streaming video, calling or using other heavy duty remote applications, or if you are a business with multiple POS terminals or sharing WiFi with customers or have approximately 5 users constantly accessing remote internet based applications (Office productivity, CRMs, Invoicing, etc) then this may be a more suitable choice when combined with a NBN 100Mbps plan.

NetComm’s Wireless NF17ACV which we supply as an upgrade option is designed for serious simultaneous multi-user heavy gaming, video streaming and other demanding applications.

BYO Router

You may supply your own router to use with our Motion NBN services and therefore you will not need to purchase another however the router must be capable of connecting and operating on the NBN via your NBN connecting medium, must be configurable to operate on the NBN network via Motion Telecom, and must be in current working order.

Router Pricings

Motion Telecom subsidises the setup costs (WiFi router, configuration & shipping) for certain NBN Motion plans. Click here for our price list.