Preparing for the NBN

Fibre Connections

To help you to prepare for your upcoming installation appointment, have a read through this  for information about how your home or business will be connected to the NBN.

Connecting your home or business to the NBN

When you call to switch your phone and/or internet services to the NBN, your service provider will have made an appointment for an NBN installer to come to your home or business and install the necessary equipment. Your installer should call you the business day before to confirm the 5appointment time is still suitable.

 

What does the installation involve?

If the outside of your property hasn’t been connected to the NBN yet, the free standard installation* will include connecting a fibre optic cable from your street to the NBN utility box installed on the outside of your home or business (also known as a Premises Connection Device). The next step is for your installer to drill a small hole through your wall and feed the fibre optic cable from the outside into the NBN connection box (also known as a Network Termination Device).

There will also be a separate power supply box which includes a battery backup that will keep selected phone services running for up to five hours in case of power failure.

 

Before your installation appointment

You’ll need to think about where you want the NBN connection box and power supply to be installed.

 The best place is:

• Near an accessible power point

• In a cool, dry, ventilated area

• Away from busy areas where it may be knocked and damaged

• Near your existing phone or network cabling.

 

You’ll also need to consider how you want to connect your

devices inside the house – i.e. computers, smartphones, tablets, landline phones and internet TV boxes. Talk to your phone or internet service provider before your NBN installation date about options for in-home networking, as this isn’t included in the standard installation.

 

On the day of installation

When your installer arrives, check their ID before giving them access to your property. Your installer will discuss with you where the equipment is going to be installed. Remember to keep these things in mind:

• Some locations might not be possible due to safety or other considerations such as the location of the existing telecommunications infrastructure.

• Make sure you advise the installer of any safety issues you are aware of on the property, like any known or suspected asbestos or asbestos-containing material on your property or if there have been any recent pest treatments on the property.

• Please also advise the installer if you’re aware of any heritage requirements or restrictions that might be relevant.

PLEASE NOTE

Customer telephone and data cables can’t extend outside or between buildings. They are susceptible to lightning and are a potential hazard as the

lightning can be transferred between different ports of the NBN connection box to connected equipment.

Outside your premises Inside your premises

 

 What if I can’t be there for my appointment?

 

If you can’t be there on the day of your installation, you can either reschedule it with your phone or internet service provider or ask someone you trust who is over 18 years to give access to all areas of your property. Remember, they’ll potentially need to make decisions about the installation for the technician, so someone needs to be present for the whole installation process.

 

Some things to expect during installation

 

If the fibre optic cable has not been connected from your street to the outside of your property, we might need to dig a small trench, or, if it’s coming from overhead, clear a small amount of vegetation. Don’t worry; we’ll try to keep disturbance

to a minimum.

To get to the location you want the equipment installed, some

furniture may need to be moved around. We’ll need to drill a

hole through your wall, as well as some other holes to mount

the equipment, so be prepared for a small amount of drilling noise and dust - but we’ll clean it up afterwards.

Asbestos or asbestos containing materials may also be identified during the installation process. In some cases, an installer may suspect and/or assume that asbestos or asbestos containing materials are present because of the age of the building. Asbestos and asbestos containing materials such as fibre cement sheeting were commonly used in building

materials in Australia until the 1980s. Where asbestos or asbestos containing material is identified or assumed to be present in a property, the installer will consider options to avoid disturbing that material or area of the property, or will otherwise  use accepted work practices to ensure, so far as is reasonably

practicable, the safety of themselves and the occupants of the property. Your installer may also need to turn off your electrical power for a short time. However, they’ll discuss this with you beforehand to make sure this won’t impact critical electrical equipment, such as medical devices.

 

How long will it take?

 

If your property already has a fibre optic cable connected to an NBN utility box outside, standard installations normally take between approximately two and four hours. If your property does not have the fibre optic cable connected, then a standard installation could take between four and eight hours. Nonstandard installations may take longer.

 

What happens if we can’t complete the installation?

 

If we are unable to complete your installation on the day, NBNCo will work with your service provider to give you notification of when the issue should be resolved and when you can book a new appointment.

 

How much does the installation cost?

 

A standard installation of NBN equipment is free of charge. This includes connecting fibre optic cable from your street to the NBN utility box on an outside wall of your home or business and to an NBN connection box inside.

If your requirements are non-standard, your installer can discuss your options with you. For more information on what’s included in a standard installation, visit nbnco.com.au/fibre installation.

Speak to your service provider before installation to see if they have any other charges such as set up or activation fees.

 

What’s supplied in your NBN installation

 

NBN Co supplies:

• NBN utility box

• NBN connection box and Power Supply Unit

• First battery

• External cabling from the street network to the NBN utility box and internal cabling up to the NBN connection box

This equipment remains the property of NBN Co.

Our boundary of responsibility stops at the data (UNI-D) / voice (UNI-V) ports on the NBN connection box. From there, the service on that port is the responsibility of your phone and internet service provider. All other cables and equipment are the responsibility and property of you or your phone and internet service provider. This includes the internal wiring required for additional internal phone outlets within a home or business.

 

Connecting your equipment

 

Your NBN connection box has several ports on the back of  it. Each service you subscribe to will be allocated to a specific port on your NBN connection box. Your phone or internet service provider can tell you which ports have been activated in your NBN connection box. Please don’t plug things into ports other than the one your installer advises, as the other ports will be inactive.

You can keep a record of which ports have been activated in your NBN connection box using the diagram below.

UNI-D

UNI-V

1 2 RESET 1 2 3 4 POWER

DATA 1

DATA 2

DATA 3

DATA 4

VOICE 1 VOICE 2

Connectivity options Computer/Internet Access

 

To connect computers to your NBN connection box, you’ll need a separate router – a box that shares an internet connection over Ethernet wiring, or wireless networking (Wi-Fi). If you already own a router from your old cable or DSL broadband, it might not work with the NBN. Your phone or internet service provider can confirm this and may be able to provide you a new one. If not, any router you buy needs to be able to support Ethernet WAN. If you want to connect computers or other devices in other rooms, you will need to use either a wireless router, power-line adaptors (see FAQs for more information on power-line adaptors) or install Ethernet cables between rooms.

 

Internet TV (IPTV)

 

Generally, internet TV boxes need a wired connection to your NBN connection box, though some may work with Wi-Fi. To watch broadband-based TV services delivered over the NBN, you will need to order the relevant service from your provider so you have the right equipment for these services.

 

Telephone

 

If you’ve ordered a phone service, ask your phone or internet service provider where to connect your phone. There are dedicated ‘UNI-V’ ports on the back of the NBN connection box into which you can plug a phone, but not all phone ices use these ports, which is why it’s important to confirm with your phone or internet service provider beforehand. IMPORTANT: The battery backup is only for the UNI-V voice ports.

Phone and other services provided through the data (UNI-D) ports on the NBN connection box, and mains powered telephones, alarms and other devices such as cordless phones connected to any port on the NBN connection box will not work during a power failure.

 

Wireless Network

 

If you have an existing wireless router, your phone or internet service provider can advise you if it can operate with the higher speeds offered by your new NBN-based service.nbnco.com.au

 

Your connection checklist

I understand that a normal installation appointment might take up to four hours

Understanding

I’ve considered where I would like my NBN Co equipment to be positioned in my premises

Consideration

I have checked with my alarm service provider and my phone or internet service provider that any back-to-base alarm systems I rely on will work on the new NBN-based service

Check

I’ve arranged for myself (or an authorised representative over 18) to be there for the whole appointment

AuthorIsation

I have my landlord’s consent for the installation (if required)

Consent

 

FAQs

 

Can I run everything on a wireless network?

It’s possible to run most services over a Wi-Fi network, but if for any reason you find Wi-Fi limiting, there are other options. For instance, power line networking adaptors can make a home network by using existing electricity wiring in your house. These plug directly into home powerpoints and use existing in-home electrical wiring for data networking, avoiding the need to install new cables. These adaptors are readily available in retailers – search for “powerline networking adaptor” on your internet browser.

 

Do I need to install any cables and outlets?

Most services can be run over a Wi-Fi network, but you may prefer to have wired connections for things like internet TV (IPTV), data and/or phone outlets. You can arrange for any licensed cabler registered with an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) accredited industry registrar to install points. Alternatively, you can wait until you and your installer have agreed on the location of your NBN connection box. You can arrange to have as many internal home network points as you like, but these will not be included in a standard installation.

 

Do I need to get a separate supplier for the internal wiring?

Beyond the NBN connection box, your NBN installer won’t undertake internal wiring tasks and permanent cabling through the wall, floor or ceiling cavities. This must be done by a registered cable installer (see above Your phone and internet service provider may be able to recommend a registered cable installer in your area.

 

Will there be any interruption to my existing phone and internet service?

No, however the NBN will eventually replace landline phone, ADSL internet, Telstra and Optus cable internet services. These existing services will be permanently switched off around 18 months after the NBN is rolled out in your area*. When the switch-off of the above services are announced in your area, you’ll need to transfer your services to the NBN if you want to keep making phone calls or accessing the internet using a landline connection. * Services not replaced by the NBN include some TransACT, OptiComm, Telstra Velocity services and others. For a full list please visit nbnco.com.au/switch off or call us on 1800 687 626.

 

Will my existing back-to-base alarm work over the NBN

The most certain way to find out is to ask your alarm service provider. The NBN can support most existing back-to-base medical, security and fire alarms, as well as a wide range of internet-connected alarms. If you currently have a back to base alarm installed in your home or business you should speak to your alarm service provider and your phone or internet service provider about the issues to consider when moving to an NBN- based phone service. You can also request that your alarm service provider test your alarm service the same day that the NBN is installed inside your home or business.

 

When I’m on the NBN, can I use the phone if my power fails?

The NBN connection box comes with a Power Supply unit that has battery backup. This means that you’ll be able to keep making phone calls for up to five hours after the power goes out, as long as you are using a standard corded phone that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power point, and your phone service is provided through the “UNI-V” ports on the connection box. Other phone services or cordless phones are not powered by the battery backup. To ensure your phone service is supported by battery backup, please ask your service provider to supply your phone service through the NBN “UNI-V” port, and make sure you are using a standard corded phone that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power point. IMPORTANT: The battery backup is only for the UNI-V voice ports. Phone and other services provided through the data (UNI-D) ports on the NBN connection box, and mains powered telephones, alarms and other devices such as cordless phones connected to any port on the NBN connection box will not work during a power failure.

 

What if the installer damages my property?

Your installer has an obligation to take appropriate care on your property during the installation, however in the unlikely event any damage is caused, you can contact NBN Co on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626).

 

The internet will not work during power outages

The backup battery will typically last for up to five hours for the UNI-V voice ports only. This means that services provided over the UNI-D data ports, such as internet connectivity, will not work during power outages. You will receive a separate user guide containing more detailed information with this piece of equipment when it’s installed. P lease read this carefully.

Copyright

This document is subject to copyright and must not be used except as permitted below or under the Copyright Act 1968 (CTH). You must not reproduce or publish this document in whole or in part for commercial gain without prior written consent of NBN Co. You may reproduce or publish this document or in part for educational or non-commercial purposes.

Disclaimer

This document provides general information about the technical requirements for connecting to the NBN and is correct as at July 2013. Technical connection requirements may change due to factors such as legislative and regulatory requirements as well as advances in technologies. For any queries about your particular circumstances or requirements, please consult your phone and internet service provider or other supplier.

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