NBN fixed wireless will enable users in remote rural areas to obtain a fast internet connection. Essentially, people who live in areas where laying down fibre cable is too expensive because of distance will still be able to have fast internet access thanks to a fixed wireless connection.
Step 1: Understanding NBN Fixed Wireless Internet
Using a series of ground stations, the National Broadband Network (NBN) relays 4G radio signals, enabling users as far as 14km away to access broadband services.
Due to the way fixed wireless internet works, line of sight is vital. In other words, the antenna on your premises needs to have a clear line of sight to the tower. Obstacles such as trees and metal rooftops can degrade the signal. Furthermore, it’s also distance restricted, which is why there’s a 14km limit.
Each tower also serves a limited number of clients, as it’s the only way to ensure that each user gets good bandwidth and that it’s more consistent than with normal mobile connections.
Step 2: Understanding the Equipment You Will Need for an NBN Fixed Wireless Connection
First of all, you will need an antenna on the roof of your premises (for that clear line of sight), which will connect to the ground station. NBN Co offers the antenna for free, but you might have to pay a setup fee depending on the service provider you sign up with.
The antenna will then connect via cable to an NBN Connection Box inside the building. The NBN Connection Box is also provided by NBN Co for free.
The Connection Box will then have to hook up to a modem router. The type of unit will depend on the speed tier you opted for. However, it’s likely that your ISP will give you a unit that is ready for usage with the NBN.
So, you’ll need an antenna, an NBN Connection Box, a modem router, and cable.
Step 3: Understanding What Speeds You Can Expect
While a number of different speed tiers will be available, the maximum you can expect is a download of 100Mbps and an upload of 40Mbps. The more common speed, though, is a download of 50Mbps and an upload of 20Mbps. For users who want to upgrade to the higher speed tier, new equipment might be necessary.
Now, keep in mind that these are advertised speeds and the “maximum” qualifier doesn’t mean you are guaranteed this speed. The actual speed you will get will depend on a number of factors including how far your antenna is from the ground station, as well as the line of sight and how free of obstacles it is. Even where you position a cordless phone could impact the speed of the Wi-Fi network.
Step 4: Deciding on a Plan
The cost of an NBN fixed wireless connection is pretty much on par with a fibre connection. The cost varies depending on the speed of the connection and the data allotment. Plans start at around $30 for a data plan of approximately 10GB per month and can go as high as $100 per month for an unlimited plan with a download speed of 50Mbps.
The plan you choose will depend on your business needs. The thing is that going with a limited data plan can be problematic. You might not think you need a large data allotment but it can go pretty fast, especially if you do a lot of media streaming and upload large files.
If budget is an issue, you’re likely going to be better off opting for a lower speed tier but with an unlimited data allotment. The last thing you need is your internet connection being strangled to dial-up speeds when you go over your data limit.
NBN fixed wireless internet is a great option if you’re operating your business in a remote area of the country where the only other option is satellite internet. You get services comparable to a fibre connection at similar prices, which definitely makes it an attractive solution for your internet needs.