There are various connection types when it comes to hooking homes and businesses up to the National Broadband Network (NBN), with one of the most common being FTTN. Although there’s no choice involved in the connection type you have available, it’s still important to understand how it works if it’s available to you.
Dive into the inner workings of FTTN connections in Savvy’s comprehensive guide. Learn more about the equipment involved in its installation, how it connects you to the NBN and what its potential speed capabilities are right here with us today!
FTTN, which stands for Fibre to the Node, is a type of NBN connection which combines fibre optic and existing copper infrastructure to deliver internet plans to homes and businesses. Unlike Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), where fibre optic cables run directly to your premises, FTTN utilises the existing copper phone infrastructure in your area to establish a connection.
Here's how FTTC works:
It’s important to note that, as mentioned, individuals and businesses don’t have a say when it comes to the connection type available to them, so you won’t be able to select FTTN or another connection type off the bat, but it’s still important to understand how it functions.
The installation of an FTTN NBN connection is very simple and typically only involves these steps:
The process is one of the easiest on the NBN, with all the work able to be done by you in a matter of minutes to ensure your connection is up and running before you know it.
FTTN NBN connections can offer high-speed internet but are only capable of supporting speed tiers up to NBN 100, which is 100Mbps (megabits per second). This means FTTN connections are unable to provide you with access to higher speed tiers such as NBN 250 and NBN 1000, both of which can only be supported by FTTP and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connections.
However, because a greater portion of your overall physical connection is made up of copper lines, even maximum NBN 100 speeds may not be achievable if your home or business is more than 400m away from the node. Speeds may degrade to a maximum of 60Mbps in these cases. For homes upwards of 700m from the node, NBN 50 may be the fastest realistic option available.
Regardless of your distance from the node, though, other factors such as network congestion and the provider you choose can have a bearing on the speeds you experience on your plan. To get the best performance from your FTTN NBN connection, consider selecting an NBN plan which aligns with your internet usage needs and ensure your Wi-Fi router can handle the maximum speed offered by your plan.
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