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NBN – What equipment do I get?

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So … the months of watching endless trenches dug along your street are over, they’ve even dug into your property – your ready to connect to ‘The NBN‘ … What now? NBN Utility Box If you are lucky you will have an ugly grey device such as this attached to an external wall ( If you’re even luckier you may have had some say about its placement! ) Lucky because this means you’ve hit the NBN Mother lode – FTTH (or Fibre to the Home)! For whatever reason you have been directly connected to Fibre rather than a hybrid of aging copper & fibre that is definitely second rate! And the current Government’s stated intention. This little box can connect you to the Internet at speeds you previously could never have imagined! (Well … not quite true – Telstra, Optus & Neighbourhood Cable’s HFC rolled out in the 90’s already offers the NBN’s current maximum download speed of 100Mbs) But in theory, fibre can go much further … 1 Gigabits per second even 40 Gigabits per second have been achieved in laboratory testing) So be thankful for the ugly grey box if you happen to get one! (It’s known as the NBN Utility Box & inside you’ll find little more than a coil of very thin white cable)

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NBN Speed – How to choose the best fit for you.

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With NBN rolling out around Ballarat & surrounds you’ll soon be faced with the question – What NBN Speed do I need? Firstly a VERY important fact you need to be aware of – Bits & Bytes. You will encounter both when shopping for NBN Speed & Data allowances.

  1. A Bit is the smallest piece of information that can be used on a computer (it is either a 0 or a 1) and is represented by a lower-case b. So Mb = Megabit, Gb = Gigabit. Bits are usually used to measure speeds.
  2. A Byte consists of 8 Bits of data and is represented by an upper-case B. So MB = Megabyte & GB = Gigabyte Data storage & allowances are usually measured in Bytes.

It is important that you know your NBN Speed is usually measured in Megabits whereas your NBN Download allowance will be measured in Megabytes or Gigabytes. Ballarat NBN Speed choices

NBN Speed is sold in 5 Speed ‘tiers’

  1. 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload
  2. 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload
  3. 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload
  4. 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload
  5. 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload

Note that these are all measured in Megabits and are theoretical Maximum speeds – you may not receive the FULL speed that you sign up for.

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