Factors that affect the performance of NBN Fibre Broadband
There are important local and external factors that affect the actual speeds of your NBN service. These mean that, when connected on a (for example) 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) service, you should not expect to receive every download at 100 Mbps!
External factors that affect speeds
External factors include the capacity of, load on, and data access rate of:
- The destination host computer that you are accessing.
- The global Internet links between Internode and the destination host computer.
- The backhaul network connecting your community to Internode.
Local factors that affect speeds
Local factors include:
- The hardware that you use to connect to the NBN. You will need an Ethernet router that can firewall and translate addresses at high speeds.
- The performance of your home network. For example, the NBN speeds might be faster than the speeds achievable with wireless home networks.
- The limitations imposed by the hardware, software, and protocol stack operating in your PC.
Because of these factors, NBN Fibre Broadband services are described as 'theoretical network maximum speeds'. Your actual speeds may be slower due to factors outside of Internode's control.
Theoretical Maximum Speeds
The following theoretical maximum speeds are provided for the interest of technical enthusiasts. In essence, these are the specified "line interface synch speeds" of the last mile connection to the premises.
These should not be relied upon in making a purchasing decision. Real world usage is unlikely to consistently achieve such speeds, due to the factors described above.
The theoretical maximum access speeds for Internode NBN Fibre plans are:
- Bronze - 12/1 Mbps
The theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is 12 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is 1 Megabit per second. This is the basic service, comparable to an average ADSL2+ connection.
- Silver - 25/5 Mbps
The theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is 25 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is 5 Megabits per second. This is ideal for most home applications.
- Gold - 50/20 Mbps
The theoretical peak download speed is 50 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed is 20 Megabits per second. This may deliver a better outcome if there are multiple online users at your house.
- Platinum - 100/40 Mbps
The theoretical peak download speed is 100 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed is 40 Megabits per second. This is a professional grade service, and you'll need a professional grade router to get the full benefit from it.