For the vast majority of us the NBN isn’t imminent, but its existence should be kept in mind if you are planning to update your networking hardware.
Thankfully most manufacturers are now marketing products as NBN ready, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of choosing one. But it begs the question of just what NBN ready means, and what you need to take into account when purchasing a router.
In an NBN equipped household the NTU effectively takes the place of the modem that you would currently use for ADSL or cable internet. This means the death of the commonplace modem/router hardware – moving forward you’ll just need a router to spread internet around the home. At a base level this means that ‘NBN ready’ modem routers have the capacity to disable the ADSL modem and take an internet signal directly.
The potential issue with such devices is that the hardware is designed around low ADSL speeds and may not actually cope with the demands of the highest end 100Mbit down / 40Mbit up NBN speeds. If you aren’t going with this high end plan then router performance is less of an issue, but it is best to think of an ‘NBN Ready’ ADSL modem/router as a transitional technology at best.
For more on routers and the NBN, grab the current March issue of PC & Tech Authority. In it, you'll find our advice, some suggested routers, and things to keep in mind if you're planning your network so it's futureproofed.
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