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NBN Cabling

Over the last few years, the NBN backbone has been progressively installed in suburbs; but that is only the first step. Here is a list of steps that explain the process to getting fast internet to your home computer.

Step 1. The backbone rollout. You will need to check if your suburb is NBN ready; if you have seen NBN staff working with green wires on the side of the street then there is a good chance that your suburb is ready.

To know the latest status for your suburb, you will need to go to this website and enter your address:  http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html

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Above: Trench dug with NBN Box on outside wall because existing conduit is blocked

Step 2. If your suburb is ready it means that the NBN cable is running past the front of your house.  Another crew may have come and connected an underground cable from the street to the side of your house while you have been out. They would have used your existing underground telephone conduit/pipe to get to the side of your home.  If they could not do this then another crew named ‘Civil’ are required, they will come and install a new underground white plastic conduit. In this case, digging may be required to form a trench to your property. There is no charge for these services.

Step 3. You will now have a new plastic box at the side of your home called a PCD.  Inside is a connector to both the internet and telephone system. by now you should have been notified that NBN in available and you can now select an internet provider. This may be as easy as upgrading your existing provider plan or you can look around and see if a better deal is available from another company. I highly advise you to get an unlimited plan as more data demanding services are coming our way or already in place (For example, a single movie from Netflix could consume a few gigabytes from your plan. If you have a 10GB plan, you will quickly reach your limit for the month).

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Above: The is the equipment located inside your home for an optical NBN (FTTH)  installation.  The top box is NTD and bottom is backup battery.

Step 4. Following the NBN plan selection by you, the service provider (TPG,Telstra, Optus) will arrange an NBN technician to come to your home and install another box (called an NTD) and a large battery to hold the system up in times of power cuts. This time, the units are installed inside your home. The internal unit (NTD) is connected via a wire to the NBN external white box (PCD) at the side of your home. The in-home boxes are fairly ugly (sometimes named wall warts) and are mounted to a wall, so make sure they are installed in a suitable, “out of sight” area like a cupboard, built-in wardrobe or the garage. The installer may connect you to the internet by installing a NBN wireless router and possibly also connect the telephone. If you want to get maximum speed from your new NBN plan then I suggest you use a Cat6 data cable from the supplied router to your computers, TV or other stationary internet devices that demand fast speeds. If you need internal data cabling around the home or want your new router moved to a more central area then this NBN data cabling needs be performed by a registered cabler like me. Please contact me on  0400879005 to arrange a quotation.  Pricing vary due to the complexity of getting cables up walls and across roofs but average costs are around $180 per connection.

Step 5. Lastly,  make sure your old telephone plan is cancelled. You should no longer be paying a $25 line rental fee so check the first few bills to make sure that you are on the right plan.

Note: It has been announced that the old 2 wire phone system will be switched off 12 months after a suburb is NBN ready, so you have a bit of time to consider a good NBN service provider.


If you would like more information on an extra Data connection in your home then please call me on 0400879005.
The Inner West Television, Computer, Antenna and Telephone Installation Specialist.