fbpx

BYO Modem NBN Plans

Compare a variety of NBN plans through Savvy instantly and see whether you can choose to BYO modem.

Written by 
Savvy Editorial Team
Savvy's content writing team are professionals with a wide and diverse range of industry experience and topic knowledge. We write across a broad spectrum of finance-related topics to provide our readers with informative resources to help them learn more about a certain area or enable them to decide on which product is best for their needs with careful comparison. Meet the team behind the operation here. Visit our authors page to meet Savvy's expert writing team, committed to delivering informative and engaging content to help you make informed financial decisions.
Our authors
, updated on February 13th, 2024       

Fact checked

At Savvy, we are committed to providing accurate information. Our content undergoes a rigorous process of fact-checking before it is published. Learn more about our editorial policy.

Internet - Compare Broadband & NBN Plans

We’ve partnered with Econnex to bring you a range of internet plans to help you compare them.

Looking for flexibility and cost savings on your NBN plan? Some providers and plans will give you the option to bring your own (BYO) modem, enabling you to use your existing modem or purchase one independently to add more convenience and potentially save overall.

Whether you're upgrading to the NBN or switching providers, you can compare a range of NBN plans through Savvy, helping you make an informed decision about the best available BYO modem plan to suit your needs. Get started with a free, no-obligation quote through us today!

What are the benefits of choosing a BYO modem NBN plan?

Opting for a BYO modem NBN plan offers several key advantages for savvy internet users:

  1. Cost savings: one of the primary benefits is cost savings. Some providers will charge an expensive fee for an included modem, while others may include it for free but charge you if you cancel your plan within 12 or 24 months. Because of this, using your current one or buying another one separately (provided each option is compatible) can add up to significant savings and help you secure a cheaper NBN plan overall.
  2. Convenience: rather than unplugging your modem and having to configure a new one, using your existing modem saves on the hassle, potentially only needing to be configured. This may be desirable for those with a more complex internet setup.
  3. Flexibility: BYO modems give you the flexibility to switch providers without worrying about returning leased equipment. This simplifies the switching process and gives you more freedom to find the best deal.

However, it’s important to understand that there may be some factors to consider which could mean a BYO modem isn’t necessarily the best option for you. These include:

  1. Potential activation costs: another potential drawback of BYO modem NBN plans is the possibility of activation costs. While some providers offer free activation, others may charge a one-time setup fee to initiate your NBN connection for BYO modems. It's essential to check with your chosen provider's terms and conditions to understand any associated fees.
  2. Availability: simply put, not all providers offer the ability for users to use their existing or an alternative modem as part of their plan. This may limit your options, especially if your preferred provider doesn’t enable you to do so.
  3. Compatibility: there’s no guarantee that the modem you have is compatible with the plan you want. This could be for several reasons, such as being too old or not fast enough to support the speeds on your new plan.

How do I find out if my modem is compatible with my NBN plan?

Determining modem compatibility with your NBN plan involves a few straightforward steps:

  1. Check NBN technology: first, identify the type of NBN technology available in your area. The NBN employs various connection types like FTTP, FTTN, HFC and more. Your modem must be compatible with the specific NBN technology used in your region.
  2. Review modem specifications: examine the technical specifications of your modem. You can usually find this information on a sticker on the modem itself or in the user manual. Look for details like DSL compatibility, WAN port type and Wi-Fi standards (such as 802.11ax).
  3. Look at speed capability: there’s little point in using the modem if it can’t support the speeds you’re after. Make sure it can handle the speed tier on the NBN plan you’ve chosen (for example, supporting at least 50Mbps download speeds for an NBN 50 plan).
  4. Contact your provider: reach out to your chosen NBN provider's customer support. They can provide a definitive answer on whether your modem is compatible with their NBN plans. Be prepared to provide your modem's make and model for reference.

Remember that NBN technology is evolving, so compatibility requirements may change. It's essential to stay informed and ensure your equipment aligns with the latest NBN standards.

How do I set up a BYO modem for my new NBN plan?

Setting up your BYO modem for your new NBN plan is a step-by-step process which depends on the type of connection you have to your home or business. The following process works for Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) connections:

  1. Prepare your equipment: gather your modem, power adapter and any necessary documentation or login credentials provided by your NBN provider.
  2. Connect to power: plug your modem into both a power socket and telephone socket, keeping it turned off while doing so.
  3. Power on: turn on your modem and wait for it to initialise. This process may take a few minutes.
  4. Configure modem settings: open a web browser and enter the modem's IP address, usually printed on the modem's sticker or found in the user manual. Log in using the default credentials provided in the documentation or set during the initial setup. From there, configure your internet settings based on the information provided by your NBN provider. This typically includes selecting the appropriate connection type and entering your username and password.
  5. Wi-Fi setup: if your modem includes Wi-Fi, configure your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. You can customise these settings to secure your network.
  6. Verify connection and test your internet: after saving your settings, restart your modem if required. Verify that your modem establishes a connection to the network. You may need to wait a few minutes for this to complete. Once up and running, connect a device to your internet plan and ensure you can browse the web and perform speed tests to confirm the connection's stability and speed.
  7. Contact support (if needed): if you encounter difficulties during setup, don't hesitate to contact your NBN provider's customer support for assistance. They can provide guidance and troubleshoot any issues.

Helpful guides on internet plans

Internet Banner - Man sitting at a table on his laptop

How Fast is Mobile Broadband?

Mobile broadband is essential for those who want internet on the go, but how fast is your connection? Mobile broadband...

Internet Banner - A family sitting on a couch together using a tablet

FTTC NBN Explained

Find out more about FTTC connections on the NBN, how they work and their potential speeds. FTTC is one of...

Internet Banner - Couple sitting together calculating their tax return

Claiming Internet on Tax

It’s important to know how to claim necessary expenses if you work from home, such as your internet bills. Are...

Internet Banner - Young couple sitting on the couch together looking at a tablet

What is a Mesh Network?

A mesh network could be the solution if you’re experiencing internet dead spots in your home or business. You might’ve...

Internet Banner - Middle-aged couple sitting on the couch looking at a tablet

Alternatives to the NBN

There are several alternatives to the NBN if you’re looking elsewhere for internet for your home or office. As internet...

Internet Banner - Woman sitting on the couch next to her dog conducting an NBN check

NBN Check

Find out how to check the status of your NBN connection and its availability in your area. If you're keen...

Internet Banner - Young woman sitting on the couch looking at a tablet

FTTB NBN Explained

Find out more about FTTB connections on the NBN, how they work and their potential speeds. If you live in...

Internet Banner - Worried young man looking at his phone

Why is My Internet So Slow?

Having a slow internet connection can be painful, so it’s important to understand why that might be and how to...

Internet Banner - Senior couple looking at a tablet while sitting on the couch together

What NBN Speed Do I Need?

It’s crucial to know which NBN speed tiers are available so you can determine which is the best for your...

Disclaimer:

Savvy is partnered with Econnex Comparison (CIMET Sales Pty Ltd, ABN 72 620 395 726) to provide readers with a variety of internet plans to compare. We do not compare all retailers in the market, or all plans offered by all retailers. Savvy earns a commission from Econnex each time a customer buys an internet plan via our website. We don’t arrange for products to be purchased directly, as all purchases are conducted via Econnex.

Any advice presented above is general in nature and doesn’t consider your personal or business objectives, needs or finances. It’s always important to consider whether advice is suitable for you before purchasing an internet plan. For further information on the variety of internet plans compared by Econnex, or how their business works, you can visit their website.

$50 Woolworths eGift card terms and conditions
  • The Promoter is CIMET Sales Pty Ltd ABN 72 620 395 726. Level 18/570 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000. Econnex Comparison is powered by CIMET.
  • Promotion available on qualifying Broadband Plan purchases between 1st February 2024 to 31st July 2024 (“Promotional Period”) and may be withdrawn at any time by Econnex Econnex Comparison retains the right to change or alter the terms of this offer.
  • You (“Customer”) will receive $50 worth of Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards when you purchase a Broadband Plan via Econnex Comparison, subject to these Terms and Conditions.
  • Information on how to qualify to receive the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Card forms part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is considered acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
Eligibility requirements
  • To be eligible to receive the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards, you must purchase the Broadband Plan via the following link: https://app.econnex.com.au/broadband?rcCode=90709
  • You must switch to a new Broadband retailer. Customers who change plans via Econnex but remain with the same retailer will not be eligible.
  • Your Broadband Plan must be connected within 30 days from the date of purchase.
  • Eligible Recipients will receive the applicable Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards by email up to 120 days after purchasing the Broadband Plan.
  • Econnex Comparison is not liable if any Customer details supplied are incorrect.
  • Econnex Comparison is providing this offer in conjunction with the retail services offered on its platform.
  • Details of Econnex Comparison retailers can be found at the following link: https://www.econnex.com.au/approved-providers-list
  • You must be an Australian resident aged 18 or over. Econnex Comparison may request you to provide a copy of your valid ID for identification purposes.
  • The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity to receive the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards and Customer’s information (including the Customer’s identity, age and place of residence) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, tampered with the claim process, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise fair and proper conduct of the promotion.
  • Errors and omissions may be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  • When the request for a connection cannot be completed, is unsuccessful, or a request is made for the cancellation of your Broadband Plan within the first 30 days from the date of connection, you will not be eligible to receive any gift card.
  • Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Card is subject to any issuer Terms and Conditions.
  • Any ancillary costs with redeeming the gift cards are not included.
  • No responsibility is taken for any lost or stolen Woolworths Store Bonus eGift Cards.
  • If the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards are unavailable, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards to a card with equivalent value, subject to directions from a regulatory authority.
  • If the offer is not able to be conducted as reasonably anticipated, due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to: technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the extent permitted by law: a. to disqualify any individual; or b. to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from Econnex
Econnex Comparison Terms and Conditions.
  • Econnex Comparison will transfer your Broadband Plan request and details to the selected retailer.
  • Econnex Comparison may contact you to clarify any details or discrepancies in the information you provided for your Broadband Plan purchase.
  • To cancel your request, you will need to contact the Broadband Plan retailer and inform them of your decision.
  • Please note that we do not compare all brands in the market, or all products offered by all brands.
  • If you have any inquiries regarding your Broadband Plan purchase, you can contact us directly at 1800 013 000 or email us at [email protected]
  • Econnex Comparison Terms and Conditions: https://www.econnex.com.au/terms-and-conditions/
  • By participating in this promotion, the individual authorises the Promoter to collect, hold, use and disclose their personal information in accordance with Econnex’s privacy policy, including providing such information to third parties such as contractors, service providers, suppliers and where required or authorised by law. Econnex’s Privacy policy can be found at https://www.econnex.com.au/privacy-policy
  • Econnex may, unless the individual tells us not to, use the information to communicate with them by mail or electronically by, for example, email, phone, SMS to issue direct marketing and commercial communications telemarketing calls.
  • To opt out of direct marketing access, update, or correct personal information you may contact us at [email protected]
Other Information
  • Woolworths Group Ltd ABN 88 000 014 675 is the issuer of the Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Card but is not the Promoter of the offer nor responsible for fulfillment of the offer terms.
  • Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards have a fixed term expiry as displayed on the front of the gift card and are redeemable in-store and online at Woolworths Supermarket stores only.
  • Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards are valid for 3 months from the issue date and Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards are not reloadable or redeemable for cash.
  • Econnex Comparison and Woolworths will not replace, expired, lost, stolen, or deleted Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Cards.
  • Check your Spam/junk email if you have not received a Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Card in your inbox within 120 days after activation of your Energy, Electricity or Gas Plan.
  • Woolworths Store Bonus eGift Card is sent via email from [email protected] or [email protected]
  • For enquiries related to the application, gift cards, or adding or removing any details on the application, please contact the Econnex Comparison at 1800 013 000 or e-mail us at [email protected]
  • For the balance and transactions history on this Woolworths Bonus Store eGift Card and Woolworths Terms and Conditions visit https://woolworths.com.au/giftcards or call 1300 101 234.
Internet - Compare Broadband & NBN Plans

We'd love to chat, how can we help?

By clicking "Submit", you agree to be contacted by a Savvy broker and to receive communications from Savvy which you can unsubscribe from at any time. Read our Privacy Policy.