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Can’t get a normal fixed-line Internet connection? Fixed wireless NBN could be the answer.

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Living in a rural or regional area can put you beyond the reach of regular wired NBN connections. No matter the reason you're using fixed wireless to connect, we'll help you compare NBN plans and find the right one for you.

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How does NBN fixed wireless work?

At its core, fixed wireless broadband operates the exact same way a 4G data connection does on your mobile phone. Signals are sent between an antenna somewhere on your house (usually the roof) and an NBN Fixed Wireless tower, which is hooked up to the NBN distribution network by a regular fibre cable.

The antenna itself is linked via fibre optic cables to a connection box inside your house, at which point you can plug a modem into it and surf the Internet just like any other NBN connection. Because your antenna is installed to optimise signal exchange between it and the tower, a fixed wireless connection is both more stable and generally reliable than a normal 4G mobile connection.

What equipment do I need?

Outside of the antenna and NBN connection box, which will be set up at no cost as part of the NBN installation at your property, the only extra hardware you'll need is a suitable modem to complete your connection to the outside world.

Fortunately, all service providers will have a recommended modem to go along with their plan (at varying costs), so when you sign up to a particular NBN plan you'll have everything you need to hop online.

What is NBN Fixed Wireless speed like?

Unlike fixed-line connections, NBN Fixed Wireless speeds omit the higher NBN speed tiers. On top of this, the somewhat variable nature of fixed wireless means you'll usually get lower speeds than a fixed-line connection will.

The tiers available are:

  • NBN12 Basic I. Maximum download speeds of 12Mbps, upload speeds of 1Mbps.
  • NBN25 Basic II. Maximum download speeds of 25Mbps, upload speeds of 5Mbps.
  • NBN50 Standard. Maximum download speeds of 50Mbps, upload speeds of 20Mbps.

While you miss out on Fast, Superfast and Ultrafast plans, fixed wireless NBN plans on the Standard tier should be enough for most regular Internet users and can support a household of up to 4 people.

Where is fixed wireless available?

The installation of a fixed wireless NBN connection involves the installation of both an NBN connection box inside your home or remote office, as well as an antenna on the roof. That can then be connected to a wireless gateway. One is typically provided by your ISP, but since the ports on a standard fixed wireless nbn connection box are normal Ethernet ports, you could also use your own equipment if you prefer.

What should I look at when comparing fixed wireless plans?

Just because you don't have a choice of NBN technology doesn't mean you don't get a choice at all. Fixed wireless offerings will vary from provider to provider, but keep an eye out for:

  • Price. The cost of your fixed wireless connection will change depending on provider, but it will also depend on speed tier and data. Figure out how much data you're likely to need throughout the month and get a plan that suits.
  • Speed. Faster connections are more expensive. If you don't require high-quality video or large downloads, consider saving by picking a slower plan.
  • Peak/off-peak data. Unlike fixed-line connections, fixed wireless plans don't tend to offer unconditional unlimited data. Usually, data limits are split into peak and off-peak, with off-peak generally between 1am and 7am. If you don't think you can do most of your heavy downloading or Internet use during those hours, make sure you get a plan with sufficient peak data.

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How do I get connected to fixed wireless?

  • Check whether NBN Fixed Wireless is available where you live using our online tool.
  • Find a plan online that suits you. Purchase it either over the phone or online from the provider.
  • The provider will arrange for a technician to visit your house to complete the set-up and give you a suitable modem (usually for an extra cost) that will allow you to connect to the Internet via the NBN.

Do I need to buy a new modem for fixed wireless?

If you haven't been connected to the NBN previously, you will almost certainly require a new modem. Your Internet service provider will have a recommended modem that you can purchase alongside your plan which will do the job.

What's the difference between NBN fixed wireless and satellite Internet?

In a fixed wireless connection, data is broadcast between an antenna on your roof and a fixed signal tower located somewhere nearby. In a satellite connection, data is exchanged between your antenna and one of the NBN's two SkyMuster satellites, which then communicate themselves with a station on earth. You can find out more on our NBN Satellite page.

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    NezzaAugust 31, 2017

    Hi I am in an nbn coverage but apparently my address is not on that nbn data base and needs to be added what does that mean

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      HaroldSeptember 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Nezza,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      If you check your address and the nbn™ network is not available at your premises, follow the prompts to register your email address with us. You will then receive email updates on when the service is available in your area.

      I hope this information has helped.


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