More Aussies than ever before are choosing the apartment-living life! The number of occupied apartments in comparison to houses has risen from one in seven in 1991, to one in five in 2016.
If you’re moving into a new apartment, or you’re currently living in an apartment complex, it’s important to understand how you can get your NBN™ service connected and check if your new home is NBN™-ready.
We’ve included the must-know information to keep in mind for when it comes time to move and get the NBN™ connected at your apartment.
First things first, if you’re not sure when the NBN™ is available in your area, visit our address checker and pop your address into the box to see your expected ready-for-service date.
Apartment and unit blocks generally require more extensive internal cabling, so nbn co will need to engage with the body corporate or building owner in order to successfully connect the property to the NBN™. The first thing you’ll need to do is ensure that buildings and apartment blocks are registered with nbn co’s Building Register.
If you own an apartment within a complex, you don’t need to worry about this step. The building owner, strata manager, body corporate or owners’ corporation will register your building with nbn co’s Building Register. If this is you, don’t forget to gather details such as the address, the name and contact details of the building owner or authorised representative, the number of units, offices, and shops tenanted, and a list of any fire alarms or lift emergency phones.
It’s important that you start to plan the installation of the NBN™ broadband access network at least six months before your required service date, so make sure you start planning the installation early in the building process. To make sure your new development is NBN™-ready, follow these three steps when you are looking into building.
If you’re a renter, you’re not alone. In fact, over 30% of Aussies are currently renting their homes. When renting, it’s important for all parties to understand what’s needed from both the tenant and the landlord when it’s time to connect to the NBN™.
There’s a lot to do when you’re moving in to a new place, but thanks to the iiNet Movers Team it’s now easier, cheaper and more flexible for you to change your address and relocate your ‘net. If you’re moving house you can refresh your contract at your new address with no contract break fees on your existing broadband service, and if applicable, you’ll also receive discounts on new line connections.
The equipment you will need for your NBN technology at your apartment is listed below. If you’re not sure which technology is available in your area, check your address here to find out.
You’ll have an NBN™ Utility Box on the outside of the property and a connection box on the inside of the premises. nbn co will supply the equipment required on installation so you just need to get an NBN™ compatible router through your Internet Service Provider and then you’ll be ready to connect.
While nbn co will choose where the external box needs to be installed, you or the landlord will get to choose where the internal equipment, the NBN™ Connection Box, is installed in your home. Be sure to consider where this will be installed carefully as it can take up quite a lot of space and isn’t very homely!
Typically, no on-site installations are necessary for these technologies and most work to convert your existing phone line will be completed outside of the premises by nbn co. Copper cabling will connect from the node to a wall socket inside your premises. You’ll be able to use the same wall socket that you previously used for traditional copper phone handsets and/or ADSL broadband. All you need to do is get a VDSL2-enabled modem-router through your ISP and then you’ll be ready to connect. Keep in mind that if you get FTTN technology, nbn co may need to install new copper wiring to the wall socket in your premisis.
Most work to convert your existing telephone line will be completed outside of the premises by nbn co and no on-site installations should be required for this technology. Your NBN™ Connection Box will plug into the same wall socket that you previously used for traditional copper phone handsets and/or ADSL broadband. You can connect your iiNet modem to your NBN™ Connection Box to set up your home WiFi network.
You’ll have an NBN™ Utility Box on the outside of the property that will lead in to a wall socket inside your premises. Internal coaxial wiring will run from your Premises Connection Device to a wall socket inside your premises. You’ll be able to use the same wall socket that you previously used for a Cable broadband or Pay TV service. If you have a Pay TV service which uses cable, the wall socket will be fitted with a Cable splitter which will give one port for your NBN™ Connection Box and one port for your Pay TV service. You can connect your iiNet Cable Gateway to your NBN™ Connection Box to set up your home WiFi network.
nbn co will supply the equipment required on installation so you just need to get an NBN™ compatible router through your Internet Service Provider and then you’ll be ready to connect.
When it comes to the equipment, start thinking about where you want it to be located. Given that the units aren’t very glamorous it’s important to plan their installation to ensure they don’t become an eye-sore or get in the way. You can find out more about the equipment and what it looks like in our blog Building a new home and looking to get NBN™.
Once your application is submitted, if your ISP advises you that you require to be home to connect your NBN, be sure to speak to your landlord or agent ahead of the scheduled appointment to discuss the requirements and get consent from the owner and preferred installation locations.
If you’re moving into an NBN™- ready apartment or building a new apartment and have any additional questions, ask us in the comments.