NBN Speed Test

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Ready to check your internet speed? The National Broadband Network (nbn™) is rolling out across Australia and preparing homes and businesses for the future. Once you’re connected to the nbn there are various factors that may affect the connection speed you experience.

You can test your current internet speed here.

The speed you experience depends on many factors, including your access type, demand on the network, and local conditions such as internet traffic, your line condition, your hardware and software, the data source or destination, and your location, which can interfere with reception and speed.

With that in mind, it’s recommended that you perform a speed test on multiple occasions at different times of the day to get a better idea of your typical nbn connection speed.

Customise Your Speed

Are you addicted to Netflix? Do you often work from home? Love watching your team score the winning goal as it happens? Always playing the latest online games?

How you use the internet can have a big impact on your speed. If you’re streaming your favourite shows, playing online games or connecting with multiple devices at once, you might benefit from a higher nbn speed tier.

With an Optus nbn speed pack you can customise your plan and pick what’s right for your usage and budget.

Factors That Can Affect Your Speed Test

There are several factors that can affect the nbn speed you receive. If the speed test doesn’t show the results you expect, first make sure everything is running smoothly on your end. Common factors that can affect your speed include:

  • WiFi Connection: The position of your WiFi modem and the number of walls its signal must pass through can affect the speed of your home network. Connecting your Optus modem with an ethernet cable, rather than through WiFi, is the best way to take advantage of nbn speed.
  • Internet Congestion: Millions of Australians use the internet at any one time and this can create congestion, most commonly during peak times between 7pm and 11pm. Make sure you’re prepared for multiple users by selecting one of our nbn speed packs.
  • Hardware and Software: Technology is always changing and some older devices or modems aren’t suited to handling nbn speed. Make sure you use compatible hardware and software with your nbn connection.
  • Overseas Content: Most websites are hosted outside Australia and this can affect your connection speed. Downloading overseas content takes longer because Australia is far away from most countries.
  • Viruses and Malware: In some cases, malicious software on your device can slow down your connection. Ensure your digital security is up-to-date with the latest anti-virus and malware security software.

The Technology Behind nbn Connection Speed

The nbn is delivered to premises around Australia primarily through two broad categories: nbn Fibre and nbn Fixed Wireless. The technology type that you use to connect to the nbn may also have an impact on the results of your speed test.

nbn Fibre connections are where a fixed cable is connected to your home or business. This category includes Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), and nbn HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial) connections. A Fixed Wireless connection relies on radio signals instead of just cables to connect premises to the nbn.

If you want to learn more about the nbn, don’t miss our nbn Explained article, which answers many common questions about the National Broadband Network. If you’re not sure what all the nbn-related acronyms mean, stop by our nbn glossary.

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