Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the different types of nbn?

    FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, HFC, Fixed Wireless and Satelite. To see a more detailed explaination of each type of nbn, see our nbn technology types page. To check what type of nbn you have, use our nbn checker.

  • What are the different nbn service classes?

    For a more detailed explanation of the service classes with PHOTOS, please view our nbn service classes page.

    Service Class 0

    Service Class 0 is a location that is planned to be serviceable by fibre (FTTP).

    Service Class 1

    Service Class 1 is a location that is serviceable by fibre, however no PCD or NTD is in place.

    Service Class 2

    The location is serviceable by fibre, PCD installed, no NTD in place

    Service Class 3

    The location is serviceable by fibre, PCD and NTD in place

    Service Class 4

    The location is planned to be serviceable by fixed wireless

    Service Class 5

    The location is serviceable by fixed wireless, no antenna and NTD in place

    Service Class 6

    The location is serviceable by fixed wireless, antenna and NTD in place

    Service Class 7

    The location is planned to be serviceable by satellite

    Service Class 8

    The location is serviceable by satellite but no satellite dish / NTD yet in place

    Service Class 9

    The location is serviced by satellite (dish and NTD in place)

    Service Class 10

    The location is planned to be serviceable by copper

    Service Class 11

    The location is serviceable by copper, copper lead-in required

    Service Class 12

    The location is serviceable by copper, jumpering is required

    Service Class 13

    The location is serviceable by copper, infrastructure in place

    Service Class 20

    The location is serviceable by cable (HFC)

    Service Class 21

    The location is within the HFC footprint, no drop, wall plate or NTD

    Service Class 22

    The location is within the HFC footprint, drop in place, no wall plate or NTD

    Service Class 23

    The location is within the HFC footprint, drop and wall plate in place, no NTD

    Service Class 24

    The location is within the HFC footprint, drop, wall plate and NTD in place

    Service Class 30

    The location is planned to be serviced by FTTC.

    Service Class 31

    The location is within the FTTC footprint, and copper lead-in is required.

    ervice Class 32

    The location is within the FTTC footprint, copper lead-in present but not cut-in to Distribution Point Unit (DPU), nbn™ connection device – also known as a Network Connection Device (NCD) is required.

    Service Class 33

    The location is within the FTTC footprint, copper lead-in present and cut-in to Distribution Point Unit (DPU), nbn™ connection device – also known as a Network Connection Device (NCD) is required.

    Service Class 34

    The location is within the FTTC footprint, previously transitioned to nbn.

  • What is the nbn New Development Fee / Charge?

    If your address is tagged as a new development by nbn, you will need to pay $300 for the installation or activation. With 10mates you can choose to pay that upfront or pay it off each month. On a 12 month contract you would pay an additional $25 per month, on a 24 month contract you would pay an additional $12.50 per month. Obviously if you were to cancel the contract you would still need to pay the remaining new development fee plus any other charges that apply. You can use our nbn new development charge checker.

  • What is a UPS used for during an Electrical Outage?

    During an electrical outage, a UPS is used to keep your wifi/network running for a few hours. Your laptops and mobiles have batteries so they are ok, if you also want to plug a desktop computer in, that will decrease the time quite a lot. The UPS that 10mates supplies is an APC BR1200GI and the expansion battery is an APC BR24BPG.

  • When will my nbn install happen?

    Usually in around a week. This depends on how busy the contractors are in your area. If your area was just activated and there are not enough contractors in the area then it will take a bit longer. Once you place an order, we will pass on your information to nbn so they can schedule the install. Once scheduled we will let you know. Unfortunately nbn doesn't give us contractor details so we have no way of contacting them. Some contractors SMS/call a few days prior to confirm the appointment, some call an hour before and some just turn up during the appointment window.

  • How long does an nbn installation take?

    FTTP, HFC, Fixed Wireless installs on average take under an hour to complete. Someone 18 years or older definitely needs to be there to meet and consult with the contractor. For FTTN/FTTB the contractor does his work on the street so they usually don't need to visit your premise (if you can't afford to miss a day off work, then don't worry about it). In rare cases FTTN/FTTB contractors need access inside, if you aren't home, then it will get rescheduled.

  • Can I reschedule an nbn installation?

    Yes you can reschedule an nbn install. After you place an order we will return the earliest available appointment time. At that stage you can request the install be done at a later date, either morning or afternoon.

  • Which wifi modem or router do I need?

    FTTP, HFC, FTTC & FW only require a wireless router, FTTN and FTTB require a wireless modem router. You can use our nbn checker, it will tell you what type of nbn you have then automatically filter our list of modems and routers.

  • What is MDF jumpering and do I need it?

    In a MDU (multi dwelling unit) such as apartment buildings or units, most of the time all the phone lines are connected to a basement and then from the basement connected to your unit/apartment. Thus the name FTTB (Fibre To The Basement). nbn states that their network boundary point is in the basement and will not touch the cabling from the basement to your unit/apartment. If your unit/apartment has not had a previous nbn connection then most certainly you will require a private data/telco technician to do what is called an "MDF jumper", this is connecting your apartment cable to the nbn side of a MDF (Main Distribution Frame) in the basement. The appoximate cost for this is about $100.

  • Can I choose where the nbn box installation is done?

    Yes, you can choose where the installation is done, within limits. Length isn't the only limit, contractors get paid more for running cable over 30/40 meters. The contractor is also thinking about time and risk. The contractor will arrive and give you his advice. He will let you know what he needs to do to get it where you want it and how it will look, for example a cable running along the eave or sticky fibre running on a skirting board and conduit down a wall. If the contractor deems the job too complex then you may need to get a sparky to run the cable. Make that decision quick though, ask him to leave you some cable and reshedule the job to a specific date, he shouldn't have a problem doing that and he will want that job back as it will be much easier because he doesn't have to run the cable. If the contractor is unwilling to do the job then most likely the next will too. If you don't take the matter into your own hands, you won't be getting connected anytime soon.

  • How do I setup my modem / router / wifi?

    For a video and screenshot guide on how to setup your modem/router/wifi go to the Modem / Router / Wifi Setup Page

    First you would need to attach your modem/router to either the nbn connection box that nbn installed, or in the case of a FTTN nbn install, to the telephone wall outlet. Then connect to your modem/router either with a network cable or via wifi, once connected, open your internet browser such as Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer and type the address 192.168.1.1 for TPLink, 192.168.0.1 for DLink, 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 for Netgear in the address bar and press enter, this will ask you for a username/password and take you to the modem/router setup, the default username/password for TPLink is admin/admin, Netgear is admin/password, DLink is admin/"blank". Once you are in the settings page you should be able to find either a Internet Setup Wizard or Setup Genie, in there you will need to enter the setup details we have emailed you.

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  • How can I block porn or other websites?

    You can block porn and other websites by using a free internet filter by OpenDNS. To block pornography, sexuality or tasteless websites you need to change some modem/router settings. To do that open your Internet Browser such as Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer and go to the address 192.168.0.1 or if that doesn't work, try 192.168.1.1, the default username/password for TPLink is admin/admin, Netgear is admin/password, DLink is admin/"blank" once you are in, look for Internet Settings. Once you find the Internet settings, all you need to do is change the two DNS addresses to 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123. If you want to customise the filter to block other sites such as social media etc you will need to setup a free account at OpenDNS.

  • What nbn speed do I need?

    Below are three recommended speeds we suggest. nbn has phased out the 12 mbit plan. For browsing the internet, you won't notice the difference on any of the speeds, unless there are many people doing multiple different things at the same time.

    nbn25: Small households with few connected devices used mostly for browsing emails, social media and HD video streaming such as Netflix or youtube. Netflix recommends that a single HD video stream has 5 Mbps available.

    nbn50: Medium households that have multiple connected devices. It should cover you fro downloading and uploading medium-sized files, video calling and 4K video streaming on Netflix or Youtube. Netflix recommends that a single 4K video stream has 25 Mbps available.

    nbn100: Large households that have heavy internet users with many connected devices. Will cover downloading and uploading large files, cloud storage and 4K video streaming such as Netflix or youtube. Netflix recommends that a single 4K video stream has 25 Mbps available.

  • How can I stop my neighbours from using my Internet/Wifi?

    The first step would be to set a randomly generated password on your wifi connection with a length of at least 8 characters, see examples here. Be sure to use WPA2 password security on your modem/router. If you suspect your password has been compromised, change it immediately. You may want setup an filter to block known sites that can hack your computer using OpenDNS.

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