It’s already a well-known fact that by 2020, everyone in Australia will be using the National Broadband Network (NBN) connection. After your home will be connected to the NBN, you have access to a fast connection that will definitely change the way that you use the Internet, right? Well, that depends on the decisions you make when it comes to choosing the right NBN plan and the right provider. One such decision could make or break the internet experience that comes with upgrading to the NBN.
Here are some useful tips that might help you get the best out of the NBN:
Choosing the Right NBN Plan
After you receive the notice that the NBN is available in the area that you live in, you have 18 months to switch off your traditional internet connection and choose one of the NBN plans. There are a few aspects that you need to consider when the time to make a decision comes:
- First and foremost, you have to consider your budget.
- The NBN speed tier that best suits your needs.
- The amount of data that you need.
- The contract length.
There are different NBN plans out there that offer different services for internet users, with basic connections costing $30 and premium connections costing around $100.
Before making a decision you should consider the kind of activity that you are conducting online:
- If you are a heavy internet user, you want to stream 4K videos or you are planning to start a small business, you may wanna pick a more expensive NBN plan that can offer you unlimited data and a faster internet connection.
- If you only use the Internet for reading your daily emails or for accessing social media platforms, and you are kind of living on a budget, you might be better off with a basic or a standard NBN plan.
Connection to Windows
After your NBN connection is done and after you chose the right plan and provider, all there’s left to do is to make it work on your Windows PC. Here’s a guide that will take you through all the necessary steps in order to set up a PPPoE connection on Windows Vista ( it might be a little different for other versions of Windows):
- Connect your PC directly to the NBN Connection Box UniD1 port via Ethernet cable.
- Go to Start – Control Panel.
- Click on “Network and Internet”, in the Control Panel.
- Click on “Network and Sharing Center”.
- Click on “Set up a connection or network”.
- Select “Connect to the Internet” and click “Next”.
- Select “Broadband (PPPoE)”. In case you can’t see this option, make sure to click on the tickbox “Show connection options that this computer is not set up to use”.
- All there’s left to do is to enter your username and password and then click “Connect”.
The entire process of switching from a traditional internet connection to the NBN can get pretty confusing and stressful. In spite of that, it is important to pay close attention before investing in a certain NBN plan. Of course, the whole NBN project is meant to improve the way we use the Internet, but it only works if you consider all the aspects mentioned above prior to making a decision.