Connecting to the NBN

This article will explain how the different NBN™ technologies may be connected to your home, including any requirements for NBN™ equipment installation or other hardware.

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NBN FTTP Network diagram

Fibre optic cable will lead all the way to your premises, terminating at your NBN™ Utility Box on an outside wall.

NBN FTTP equipment diagram

The NBN™ Utility Box (Premises Connection Device) on your outside wall will connect to the NBN™ Connection Box and the Power Supply Unit installed indoors.

Installation

An NBN™ installer is required to attend your premises, if you don’t yet have the equipment shown above. Someone over the age of 18 will need to be present during the length of the appointment.

Here's some recommendations for choosing where your NBN™ equipment will be installed:

  • Within 1.5 metres of an electrical outlet
  • In an office or study, or near any existing phone sockets
  • A cool, dry, and ventilated area with no sinks or water outlets
  • Away from busy areas where it may be knocked or damaged
  • A place where the equipment can be easily reached
  • A place where you’re not planning any major renovations

 

 NBN FTTB network diagramNBN FTTN network diagram

With Fibre to the Building, fibre optic cable will lead to the building's Main Distrubution Frame (MDF), typically in the basement or in a locked telecommunications cabinet. From there, the MDF will connect to the wall socket in your unit via the building's internal copper cabling.

Fibre to the Node connections are similar, but the connection point is a node in your street or a street nearby. Copper cabling will connect from the node to a wall socket inside your premises.

RJ11 Phone socket

You’ll be able to use the same wall socket that you previously used for traditional copper phone handsets and/or ADSL broadband.

Installation

In most cases an NBN™ installer won’t be required – the work to install the NBN™ will be performed outside your premises. Sometimes attendance will be required to check connectivity to your premises or if a new copper line or wall socket is required.

 

NBN FTTC network diagram

Fibre optic cable will lead to a connection point in a pit or on a pole near the curb in your street. From there, copper cabling will connect to a wall socket inside your premises. In multi-dwelling units such as apartment complexes, this copper cabling may first pass through the building's Main Distribution Frame (MDF), typically in the basement or in a locked telecommunications cabinet.

NBN FTTC equipment diagram

Your NBN™ Connection Box will plug into the same wall socket that you previously used for traditional copper phone handsets and/or ADSL broadband. You can connect your iiNet modem to your NBN™ Connection Box to set up your home WiFi network.

Installation

In most cases an NBN™ installer won’t be required – the installation work will be performed outside your premises. Sometimes attendance will be required to check connectivity to your premises or if a new copper line or wall socket is required.

 

NBN Wireless network diagram

A fixed antenna on your roof receives a wireless signal from your local NBN™ Wireless tower.

NBN Wireless equipment diagram

The NBN™ Outdoor antenna on your roof will connect to a designated wall outlet for your indoor NBN™ Connection Box to plug in to.

Installation

An NBN™ installer is required to attend your premises, if you don’t yet have the equipment shown above. Someone over the age of 18 will need to be present during the length of the appointment.

Here's some recommendations for choosing where your NBN™ equipment will be installed:

  • Within 1.5 metres of an electrical outlet
  • In an office or study, or near any existing phone sockets
  • A cool, dry, and ventilated area with no sinks or water outlets
  • Away from busy areas where it may be knocked or damaged
  • A place where the equipment can be easily reached
  • A place where you’re not planning any major renovations

 

NBN HFC network diagram

Coaxial cable will lead all the way to a Premises Connection Device on the outside wall of your premises.

Cable socket Cable splitter

Internal coaxial wiring will run from your Premises Connection Device to a wall socket inside your premises. You’ll be able to use the same wall socket that you previously used for a Cable broadband or Pay TV service. If you have a Pay TV service which uses cable, the wall socket will be fitted with a Cable splitter which will give one port for your NBN™ Connection Box and one port for your Pay TV service. You can connect your Cable Gateway to your NBN™ Connecton Box to set up your home WiFi network.

Installation

An NBN™ installer is required to attend your premises if you have not already had NBN™ equipment installed at your address. During the installation, someone over the age of 18 must be present.

Here's some recommendations for choosing where your NBN™ HFC socket will be installed:

  • Within 1.5 metres of an electrical outlet
  • In an office or study, near any existing wall sockets
  • A cool, dry, and ventilated area with no sinks or water outlets
  • Away from busy areas where it may be knocked or damaged
  • A place where the equipment can be easily reached
  • A place where you’re not planning any major renovations

 

NBN Satellite network diagram

NBN™ LTSS (Long Term Satellite Service) is powered by Sky Muster™, a geostationary satellite in orbit above Australia. Sky Muster™ transmits a signal between a fixed satellite dish at your premises and the NBN™ Satellite base station.

NBN Satellite equipment diagram

Internal wiring will run from the satellite dish mounted on your roof or gutter to a wall socket inside your premises. Your NBN™ Satellite Connection Box will be connected to this wall socket. You can connect one computer to your Connection Box via Ethernet cable, or you may wish to connect a WiFi router in order to connect multiple devices via Ethernet and WiFi.

Installation

An NBN™ installer is required to attend your premises if you have not already had NBN™ LTSS Satellite equipment installed at your address. During the installation, someone over the age of 18 must be present.

The installer will survey your property to determine a suitable location to install your satellite dish. In the event that a non-standard installation is required (e.g. a free-standing mount with cabling leading back to your premises) then the installer will be able to supply a quote for any additional costs that may apply.

 

Different NBN™ technologies have different phone options available, as shown below.

Technology Type Home Phone (landline)
Fibre Phone NBN™ Phone (VoIP) Mobile
NBN™ FTTP Not available – optional transfer of number to Fibre Phone Included N/A - Fibre Phone is used Check Coverage
NBN™ FTTB + FTTN Not available – optional transfer of number to NBN™ Phone Not available Included Check Coverage
NBN™ HFC / FTTC Not available – optional transfer of number to NBN™ Phone Not available Included Check Coverage
NBN™ Wireless Available Not available Included Check Coverage
NBN™ Satellite Available Not available Not available Check Coverage