So your NBN connection is so slow you think an old dial up connection would be faster. You’re not alone. We get many calls from North Sydney homeowners asking what can be done to speed up their internet. The good thing is that there are some things you can do.
Slow NBN at night
Everyone is at home, someone is watching Fetch or Netflix, someone is doing homework on their computer (or say they are), someone is checking emails on their phone, and then someone clicks on a video on social media and everything stops. The NBN stops. You all get the spinning wheel of internet doom.
While it’s not as bad as having to yell at someone to get off the phone so you can access the internet, or off the internet so you can make a phone call. It’s just as frustrating.
Slow NBN at night is a common problem, it’s so bad that even the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wrote a report on it. While it’s nice to know that the watchdog is on to it, many of us can’t sit and wait until the providers step up and do the right thing.
NBN load at night
Unlike the CBD, most Sydney suburbs aren’t set up for high speed or even HFC (cable) NBN connection. That means that when everyone gets home and sits down to watch TV, game, surf the internet or even catch up on work, the NBN struggles.
While Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) may have helped some of this, changes to the NBN roll out structure means that home owners are stuck with the type of NBN coming to their homes.
If you find that your NBN slows at night then we’ll be going into some things you can do to improve it but there is one thing you can do if you’re looking for a new home. Check to see the connection type available.
The next thing you can do is to check out the NBN congestion map to see what the load is like in your area, or the area you are looking to move to. You will need to know your POI to see the information and you can do that here.
NBN speed at night
With high demand at night, and not just in your home, it’s not surprising that people believe that the best way to fix slow internet is to “turn up the tap” and grab a speed pack. While that may boost the speed, most NBN providers ‘throttle’ or slow down internet during peak periods.
That means that you’re not likely to get the benefit of what you pay for. There is another way.
WiFi at night
With all the smart devices in our homes:
– gaming consoles
is it no wonder that our internet slows. WiFi systems are set to carry a peak number of devices, every device that gets you closer (or over your limit) slows your internet.
The good thing is that there is a permanent solution to the wifi issue causing slow NBN at night – hardwired NBN connections.
Items that you don’t move:
– gaming consoles
– laptops used at desks
will all benefit from hardwired NBN connections. Not only will it speed up the NBN access these devices have, it reduces the load on your WiFi at night. That’s what we call a win-win situation.
Installing additional hardwired NBN connections can be a simple task and is a sound investment as more devices need access to the internet. DCN Electrical can help you with installing additional wall points and you can say goodbye to slow NBN speeds at night. Call us on 0404 863 975 for a free quote.