What type of NBN technology do I have and what does that mean?

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NBNCo uses 6 different technology types across its network 4 of which we service. Not sure what connection type is available at your premises? Head on over to our website to check your address!

Pentanet does not service NBN Satelite (SkyMuster) or NBN Fixed Wireless (which is not the same as Pentanet Fixed Wireless).

Types of NBN Services

  • FTTN/B is one of the 2 types of NBN that uses the existing copper in your street/building to provide the service which can drastically reduce the speed you can achieve based on how long the copper cabling is used to reach the NBN infrastructure known as the Node. You will also require a VDSL2 compatible modem/router combination device or a Bridge modem in order to access this service- no other equipment supplied by NBN

  • FTTP is the most popular as it brings Fibre all the way to your premise which will allow you the fastest speed available on the NBN network (currently up to 1,000Mbps with some providers although not always available) and also allows up to 4 separate NBN connections without any extra connection fees from NBN themselves.
    Only a router is required for these connections and NBN will supply the box fixed to the wall known as an NTD (Network Termination Device).

  • Fibre to the Curb is when the NBN fibre runs through the street where the road meets your curb and the only copper cabling required is from the curb to your premise. This still uses a phone socket in the premises but NBN will supply a device known as an NCD (Network Connection Device). Speeds are increased from FTTB/N being that the cabling length of copper is generally not enough to degrade speeds (average around 100Mbps).
    As the NCD is supplied to act as a modem/bridge device you will only need to supply a router to this connection. You also must leave the NCD in place if you vacate the premises as it will be designated to that address only.

  • HFC is a cable-based service also but instead of copper, it uses coaxial which is a higher gauge cabling enabling the higher speeds to be achieved (around the 100Mbps mark). An NTD (Network Termination Device) is supplied by NBN specifically programmed to the address location which will attach to the coaxial socket and all you need to supply is a router. As these NBN NTD’s are programmed specifically to the location please ensure you leave the box when you vacate a premise for the next tenant as you will be unable to use this elsewhere.

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