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NBN & Your New Home

Posted by Stickyweb in Consulting, NBN

If you’re about to build a home in Ballarat, or in the process, then cabling for the NBN should be included in your plans

NBN Home Network … include wireless routers for your portable devices, but cable is always going to be far superior for data-intensive tasks – like streaming TV & Movies.

Also remember that your telephone service is also going to be replaced by the NBN infrastructure – another reason to ensure you have ethernet cable where you need it.

But isn’t wireless technology improving?

It certainly is & the theoretical speeds coming out of manufacturer’s labs are impressive – but the real-life speeds are always a lot lower for a host of reasons – Physical Obstacles, Limited Frequency availability, Interference from competing networks & devices …

Plus the BIG drawback. WiFi Bandwidth is shared between all of your devices.

A wired connection is always going to be superior to wireless – so it makes sense to cable your house as it’s being built or renovated – if you install Cat 6 or the new standard Cat 6a you should be able to achieve reliable speeds of  1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet), and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet) throughout your home.

Of course wireless is still suitable for your smart phones & tablets, but put the wireless gateway in the areas where it is likely to be used.

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NBN Snail

Posted by Stickyweb in NBN

New NBN Mascot?

Perhaps I’m being mean but I think ‘Wi-Fi Snail’ is the perfect mascot for the NBN. All of that Fibre Optic bandwidth being squeezed out at Wi-Fi’s inherent slow & unreliable speed … it’s ridiculous! I’m not saying that Wi-Fi is not capable of distributing the NBN at top speed – but very few people have the equipment to achieve it.

Let’s review the facts …

The Internet is a series of tubes (according to Alaskan Senator “Techno” Ted Stevens) – actually it’s not, but let’s use Ted’s analogy to make our point.

Most NBN installations are set-up with a Wi-Fi router to distribute the signal around the home. This is where our 50Mbps – 100Mbps Fibre Optic ‘tube’ gets clamped down to the Wi-Fi throughput which (in most cases) is far less than advertised – PLUS it’s shared amongst all of your internet enabled devices in the household. Phones, Set-top Boxes, Tablets, iPads even your new internet enabled fridge. And the wireless frequency (2.4GHz or 5GHz) is clogged with other traffic – your neighbour’s Wi-Fi, your cordless phone, garage door openers & any other enabled device.

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