So you’ve got the NBN connected to your home but it’s not quite how you thought it would be. It’s not quite fast enough. It slows down when someone is streaming a movie or playing games. Or you’re working from home and you’re sick of the wifi dropping out.

While upgrading to a faster speed pack might be one solution, it’s an ongoing cost that might not fix it. The best way to fix drop outs and slow speed over wifi is to reduce the number of devices using the same wifi connection. No, we’re not saying you need to bin your devices. What we do recommend is a well placed NBN wall socket installation.

Are there different types of NBN wall sockets?

There are five different types of NBN connections available:

FTTP – Fibre To The Premise
FTTB – Fibre To The Building
FTTN – Fibre To The Node
FTTC – Fibre To The Curb
HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial

These different connection types are decided by what infrastructure you have in your area. HFC, is also how Foxtel is delivered and can deliver a fibre internet connection from the node to your home. When the internet comes inside your home we recommend using a Cat6 cable to network cable your home to the network sockets.

You will find that the NBN installers will only install one wall socket, after that it is at your cost.

The good thing is that after the initial connection, all the NBN wall plates after the router are the same.

Where can we have a new NBN wall socket installed?

nbn wall socket installationAfter the initial NBN connection and router, there are few rules on where you can have additional wall sockets installed.

There are however a few good rules of thumb about the installation of NBN wall sockets:
– if you can’t have a powerpoint there, don’t put a wall socket there
– if you live in a unit of in an apartment block you should consult the Body Corporate rules
– the cost of new sockets will depend on ease of access to the location, for the data cabling and installing the wall socket.

Common problems with NBN wall socket installations

The biggest issue we see is when people are using the NBN adaptor connections in the old telephone wall outlets. There are two main problems with this:
– it’s relying on old copper cabling, designed to take phone calls, inside your home to deliver high speed internet
– the adaptor can come loose reducing the efficiency of an already poor connection.

Using old phone wall sockets for your NBN connection causes drop outs, slow speeds, and frustrated connections.

The next problem we see is when networks aren’t optomised or properly set up. This can include things such as:
– the router not plugged into the first wall plate
– too many devices accessing the wifi
– streaming video or gaming over wifi on multiple devices at the same time
– using the wrong kind of data cabling.

As a trusted data cabler to Ports NSW, we know how to get the most out of a busy network. We also understand that the installation of a new NBN wall socket can make all the difference to the speed and usability of the internet in a home or office.

If you’re tired of slow and unreliable NBN, then installing one or more NBN wall sockets might just be the thing to make things move a little faster and easier. Give us a call now, DCN do have a 24/7 service, to find out more.