iiNet NBN Speeds

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iiNet is a huge name in the world of Australian broadband. Founded in 1993 to service the internet landscape of three decades ago, iiNet has grown into one of the most recognised and popular NBN and ADSL providers in the country, bringing with it enough grunt to step up to major providers like Telstra and Optus, with some great perks including Fetch TV inclusion and no lock-in contracts.

But how fast is iiNet’s NBN service? Despite NBN plans being divided into tiers of NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100 across Australia, every plan from each provider ultimately delivers a different ‘real world’ speed performance when you’re actually surfing the web or streaming shows in the evening. In this article, we’ll be looking into how iiNet’s projected evening speeds for NBN stack up against the Australian average, so you know whether you could be doing better or not.

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How fast is iiNet NBN?

With iiNet’s NBN 50 Standard Plus plan, you can expect typical evening speeds of 43.5Mbps, which is above the national average for that speed tier. However, iiNet’s NBN 100 Premium plan delivers a typical evening speeds of 80.6Mbps, which is below average for that speed tier. All this makes iiNet somewhat of a middle of the road provider when it comes to NBN speed performance.

Typical evening speeds refer to the average speed experienced by NBN customers during the peak evening traffic hours of between 7pm and 11pm, making them a reliable indicator of what to expect from your plan in ‘real world’ circumstances.

What to expect from iiNet NBN speeds

The table below shows how iiNet’s NBN typical evening speeds stack up against their maximum theoretical speeds.

Speed Tier Max Download Speed iiNet’s Typical Evening Speed*

NBN50 Liimitless 

50Mbps

43.5Mbps

NBN100 Liimitless

100Mbps

80.6Mbps

*Speeds correct as of May 2020, Canstar Blue

In a May 2020 study of NBN providers in Australia, the ACCC found that iiNet plans operate at 83.9% of their maximum plan potential, which is a pretty good performance and on par with many others. However, it does mean you could probably find faster speeds through other NBN providers. If you’re liking what you see from iiNet, check out the plans below.

The following table shows a selection of published iiNet NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Is iiNet good for Netflix?

Both of iiNet’s NBN plans should be great for Netflix, plus high-quality streaming in general. But for further evidence, you can put iiNet to the test against a popular metric. Netflix keeps record of NBN providers and their average speeds on the service with the Netflix ISP Speed Index. As of February 2020, iiNet is ranked at number five for internet speed when connected to the Netflix servers, with an average connection speed of 4.52Mbps.

How do iiNet NBN speeds compare?

The table below shows how iiNet’s NBN typical evening speeds compare to the national average from NBN providers across Australia.

Speed Name iiNet’s Typical Evening Speed Australian Average Evening Speed*

NBN50 Liimitless 

43.5Mbps

42.6Mbps

NBN100 Liimitless

80.6Mbps

84.5Mbps

 *Speeds Correct as of May 2020, ACCC

iiNet’s NBN 50 plan reaches just above the Australian average speed, according to the ACCC, whereas its NBN 100 plan operates well below the average for that speed tier.

What do customers think of iiNet NBN speeds?

iiNet got four stars out of five for NBN speed & reliability in Canstar Blue’s latest review of NBN providers. This put iiNet towards the top of the table along with other major brands like Aussie Broadband, Internode, Belong and TPG. The results were based on a survey of more than 2,500 households.

What impacts iiNet NBN speeds?

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Plenty of things could be causing your internet to be slower. Firstly, your area could be experiencing network congestion, caused by high internet demand in your suburb (only seen on FTTB, FTTC, HFC and FTTN connections). Having lots of devices connected to your internet in the home could also be causing congestion on your local network. Beyond these things, your modem could be bottle-necking your NBN speed, or your line could be damaged. You can read more about all this here.

How can I make my iiNet NBN speed faster?

There’s several things you can do to make your iiNet NBN faster.

  • Firstly, if you haven’t already, consider getting on board with the NBN 100 plan. It costs $25 more, but could be an easy fix to your speed woes.
  • Beyond this, you could try taking any unnecessary devices off your WiFi to stop local connection congestion.
  • Getting a new modem is also on the table, but you should first try investigating your fixed connection for any damage.
  • If all else fails, the Technology Choice Program is a great last resort to get you on the fastest type of NBN in the country – if you’re willing to pay.

Is iiNet NBN a good deal?

iiNet’s NBN plans are reasonably priced and come with the added bonus of Fetch inclusions, with $0 set-up fee and reputation for great customer service. iiNet has consistently been one of the standout performers in Canstar Blue’s annual review of NBN providers, with telcos rated on factor including service, NBN speed & reliability, as well as value for money, so you’d be in safe hands with iiNet.

However, depending on how critical high-speed internet is to you, it could be worth shopping around for other providers. iiNet’s top-speed NBN 100 plan is far from the fastest around based on typical evening speeds, so you might find another provider that can tick the same boxes iiNet does, but also serves up something closer to the maximum theoretical speeds delivered by the NBN.

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