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How to double your NBN speeds


One tech-savvy NBN user has figured out a way to score up to a 200Mbps connection.

Even with the rollout of the NBN network, you may find that the advertised speeds of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) are unable to meet your specific requirements. NBN speeds are available in four tiers, NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100. One reason why you may require higher download and upload speeds would be live streaming content to audiences and uploading video files to Youtube.

Jonathan Russell from TechWizTime figured out a hack which enabled him to double his NBN speeds. Jonathan’s work requires him to upload large files to collaborate with team members and run his company. To leverage the NBN network and create more bandwidth, Jonathan combined two FTTN NBN connections and plugged them into a router capable of ‘load balancing’, which balances both connections into a single internet connection. This has enabled him to run up to 200Mbps download and 80Mbps upload speeds by doubling the NBN 100 tier. Jonathan used the Edge Router Lite which enables you to combine gigabit connections to make this hack happen.

Although the proposition of double NBN speeds is attractive, this broadband hack would typically suit professionals who require greater bandwidth for downloading/ uploading files at faster speeds. Jonathan also mentioned that individuals who are much further from the NBN node and experiencing much slower speeds could benefit from the dual NBN connection hack. A caveat of this dual NBN connection method is that you will experience being logged out from secure websites such as banks from time to time. An advantage of the Edge Router Lite is that it enables you to run a script which instructs the router to only use one modem when accessing specific websites, avoiding the issue of being logged out.

For the average user, the more cost efficient route would be to opt for the next highest NBN tier with double the speeds. To understand more about NBN speed tiers and find out which one is for you, check out our guide here.

Download and upload speeds for NBN tiers

TierMax DownloadMax Upload
NBN 1212Mbps1Mbps
NBN 2525Mbps5Mbps
NBN 5050Mbps20Mbps
NBN 100100Mbps40Mbps

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    AhuntJuly 2, 2017

    How can an ISP charge a set fee on the promise of download speed up to 25mbps but never exceed 50% of the target figure?

      RenchJuly 3, 2017Finder

      Hi Ahunt,

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      Most internet broadband plans indicate plans saying it can go up to a number of speed or for your plan, up to 25 Mbps. So it’s a plan that can give you speed from 1 to 25 Mbps. There are instances that you will notice that your internet is slow at certain times. There are many reasons why you have a slow internet speed, you might be using multiple devices, or usually, there’s congestion. You may want to read more about why internet connections become slow and get an idea about the basic troubleshooting steps on how you can test your speed.

      If you’re still getting very slow speed results, please contact your ISP to further test your connection and see what’s wrong.

      Hope this helps.


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