Modems, routers and the NBN

When you get connected to the NBN you will need a modem or router. Deciding which to get will depend on how NBN is delivered to your property. Please note that no one gets a choice how they’ll receive NBN – this is decided upon by NBN Co themselves.

If you receive NBN by FTTP (fibre to the premises), HFC (hybrid fibre coaxial), or Fixed Wireless you will need a WAN capable router to connect to the NBN equipment that will be installed inside your property. These are widely available and some older ADSL modems can be switched to WAN modem and an existing LAN port can be used to connect via WAN to your NBN equipment. Consult the userguide for information on this. Alternatively if you are look for a device for the first time, simply ensure that it supports WAN and you’ll be fine.

If you are to receive NBN by FTTN or FTTB technology then you will require a VDSL capable modem. Often older ADSL modems will not work for VDSL and will need to be replaced. Usually VDSL would be clearly marked on the box or documentation for a modem so you can easily tell if it will be compatible.
A vast majority of new modems now being sold on the Australia market support WAN, VDSL and ADSL technologies so that they are future proof if you need to move between properties and receive internet in a different way. If you have purchased a modem in the last 2 years chances are that it’ll be compatible – but definitely check first.

NBN providers are also providing NBN ready modems when you sign up. Either a no cost upfront or for a charge. If they are provided at no cost there will likely be a lengthy contract to commit to, and for those where the modem is charged the plans are often on no contract. It’s also easy to read reviews about the modems that are being provided before you make up your mind.
At the time of writing there isn’t too much known about FTTdP (fibre to the distribution point). Perhaps a different modem/router device will be required for this. Check back as times goes on and we’ll add more information on fibre to the distribution point as it becomes available.

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