High bandwidth internet plans and Wi-Fi speeds

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In January 2024, we introduced the Prime plan, our fastest nbn® fibre plan to date, with typical evening speeds as high as 600Mbps, making it perfect for even the most hardcore home office, gamer, or 4k streamer.

It is worth noting, though, that the maximum speeds you can achieve are often connection dependent. While you can reach and even exceed 600Mbps on an Ethernet connection, connecting via Wi-Fi introduces additional variables to consider.

Key factors impacting Wi-Fi speeds

  • The Wi-Fi standard plays a significant role in determining the maximum achievable speed. The latest Wi-Fi standards, such as Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), are designed to offer higher data rates. However, to achieve the full potential of the Prime plan, both the router and your device must support these standards.

  • Wi-Fi operates on different frequency bands and can use different channel widths. Wider channel widths generally allow for higher data rates. However, wider channels may result in more interference, especially in crowded Wi-Fi environments. If you want to know how to adjust your Wi-Fi channels, check out this article and contact our support team if you need further assistance.

  • Wi-Fi performance can be affected by interference from other electronic devices, neighbouring Wi-Fi networks, and physical obstructions. In a busy Wi-Fi environment, achieving consistent high speeds can be challenging. Even your fridge and microwave can disrupt your Wi-Fi connection, so it’s best to keep your router in an area clear of these kinds of issues.

  • Wi-Fi signals weaken as you move farther away from the router or encounter obstacles such as walls. Achieving the peak download speeds the Prime plan offers may only be feasible within a limited range around your router, free of obstructions.

  • The capabilities of devices (laptops, smartphones, etc.) also play a role. If your device's wireless network adapter cannot support high speeds, you won't be able to achieve the higher speeds the Prime plan can provide.

  • In areas with many Wi-Fi networks, interference and congestion can lead to reduced performance.

Please see this article for more information on Wi-Fi's role in the home.

 

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