NBN Plans with a Free Modem

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When it comes to comparing NBN plans, one factor to consider is whether they come with a free modem or if you’ll be charged for this piece. You’ll be able to compare a wide range of NBN plans available where you live through Savvy, with offers from leading providers from around Australia, and check whether they offer a free modem. Get the process started through Savvy today with a free, no-obligation quote and find the best available NBN plan for your needs!

Can I get an NBN plan with a free modem?

Yes – many internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia offer NBN plans with a free modem included. These plans are designed to make the transition to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as smooth as possible for customers. The modem provided is typically a basic model that can handle the speeds and requirements of the chosen NBN plan.

It's important to consider the cost of modems when comparing internet plans and considering whether there are any conditions attached to the free modem. For example, some providers may advertise a free modem on the condition you stay connected under your plan (or another plan with the same provider) for a certain period, such as 24 to 36 months.

How do I compare NBN modems?

There are several factors to consider when it comes to comparing NBN modems. These include:

Speed capacity

The speed capacity of an NBN modem is crucial because it determines how quickly data can be transmitted over your network. It should match or exceed the maximum speed of your chosen NBN plan. If the modem's speed capacity falls short, it could bottleneck your internet connection, leading to slower speeds and a suboptimal online experience. If you plan to upgrade your NBN plan in the future for faster speeds, having a modem that can handle higher capacities can save you the hassle of replacing it.

Mesh networking capacity

Mesh networking capacity is vital if you have a large home or office with multiple devices that require consistent and reliable Wi-Fi coverage. Mesh-capable modems can create a mesh network by connecting to additional nodes, eliminating dead zones and providing seamless connectivity throughout the premises. If your property requires extended coverage, look for modems that support mesh networking. Additionally, check if the modem is compatible with specific mesh Wi-Fi systems or if it can function as a primary node in a mesh network.

Band capabilities

Band capabilities refer to the number of frequency bands (such as dual-band or tri-band) supported by the modem. Dual-band modems, which operate on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, offer better performance and less interference compared to single-band modems. Dual-band or tri-band modems are generally preferable, especially in densely populated areas where network congestion is common. These modems can provide a smoother online experience by automatically assigning devices to the less crowded band, reducing interference and enhancing overall network efficiency.

Security and firmware

Security is paramount for safeguarding your network and connected devices from cyber threats. A modem's security features and firmware updates play a crucial role in protecting your data and privacy. Prioritise modems with robust security features such as high-level encryption, firewall options and intrusion detection. Additionally, opt for modems which receive regular firmware updates from the manufacturer to patch vulnerabilities and enhance security over time.

Backup connection

A backup connection can provide internet continuity in case your primary NBN connection experiences disruptions. This is particularly important for businesses and critical applications where uninterrupted connectivity is essential. Some NBN modems offer the option to connect a 4G USB dongle or SIM card for backup connectivity, while others will offer wireless backup connection to the 4G or 5G network. Assess whether the modem supports this feature and enquire about associated costs and data allowances for the backup connection.

Should I use my own modem instead of receiving a free one with my NBN plan?

The decision to use your own modem or opt for the one provided with your NBN plan depends on several factors. Using your existing modem can be advantageous if you already have a compatible, high-quality one which meets your requirements.

If you’re bringing your own modem, you’ll need to configure everything yourself, rather than relying on your provider to do so. Additionally, some providers charge activation fees for BYO modems on NBN plans, meaning it may cost more to not use the free modem provided to you.

On the other hand, because many ISPs offer free modems that are pre-configured and guaranteed to work seamlessly with their NBN plans, using one of these is often much more convenient. This can be particularly appealing to customers who prefer a hassle-free setup process. Keep in mind that not all modems are compatible with the NBN, so ensure your chosen modem is up to the task if you decide to use your own.

Frequently asked questions about NBN plans with a free modem

How else should I compare NBN plans with free modems?

When comparing the best available NBN plans with free modems included, it’s also important to consider factors such as:

  • Speed tiers (whether they meet your needs)
  • Plan cost (look for the cheapest plan which offers a suitable service)
  • Contract terms (whether lock-in or no contract)
  • Setup or other fees
  • Additional features (such as entertainment packages)
What happens if my modem malfunctions or needs replacement?

If the modem provided with your NBN plan experiences issues or requires replacement due to a malfunction, it’s important to contact your provider. They can guide you through the process of troubleshooting, repair or replacement based on your warranty or service agreement.

What happens if I cancel my NBN plan with a free modem before the contract ends?

If you decide to cancel your NBN plan with a free modem before the contract period concludes, you may be subject to early termination fees or repayment of the modem's value, depending on the terms outlined in your contract. Review your contract and consult your provider for specific details.

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