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.

The big question is, how fast is iiNet’s NBN service? Despite NBN plans being divided into speed 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 NBN evening speeds stack up against the Australian average.

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How fast are iiNet NBN speeds?

To measure NBN speeds, typical evening speeds are used to refer to the average speed experienced by NBN customers during the peak evening traffic hours of between 7pm and 11pm. This makes the speeds a reliable indicator of what to expect from your plan in ‘real world’ circumstances.

Starting with the NBN 12 plan, you can expect speeds of 11.1Mbps, while on iiNet’s NBN 25 plan you can expect speeds of 21.3Mbps. Going up to the two faster speeds, with iiNet’s NBN 50 Standard Plus plan, you can expect typical evening speeds of 46.7Mbps, which is well above the national average for that speed tier. However, iiNet’s NBN 100 Premium plan delivers a typical evening speeds of 83.6Mbps, just short of the average for that speed tier. All this makes iiNet somewhat of a middle of the road provider when it comes to NBN speed performance.

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*

NBN12 Liimitless 

12Mbps

11.1Mbps

NBN25 Liimitless 

25Mbps

21.3Mbps

NBN50 Liimitless 

50Mbps

46.7Mbps

NBN100 Liimitless

100Mbps

83.6Mbps

*Speeds correct as of June 2020, provider’s website

In the May 2020 NBN performance report, 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 more reliable speeds through other NBN providers. If you like what you see from iiNet so far, 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. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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, as reported by the ACCC’s Measuring Broadband Australia report. Average evening speeds are a reference to the download seeds typically experienced during the busy evening peak of 7pm to 11pm.

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

NBN12 Liimitless 

11.1Mbps

N/A

NBN25 Liimitless 

21.3Mbps

22.4Mbps

NBN50 Liimitless 

46.7Mbps

42.6Mbps

NBN100 Liimitless

83.6Mbps

84.5Mbps

 *Speeds Correct as of May 2020, ACCC

iiNet’s NBN 50 plan reaches above the Australian average speed, according to the ACCC, whereas its NBN 25 and NBN 100 plans operate just below the average for those speed tiers. Overall, you can expect a fairly decent performance on iiNet compared to the national averages.

What do customers think of iiNet NBN speeds?

iiNet got four stars out of five for NBN speed & reliability in Canstar Blue’s 2019 Most Satisfied Customers ratings of NBN providers. This put iiNet towards the top of the table along with other major brands like Aussie Broadband, Internode, Belong and TPG. These 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 slowing down your internet. Firstly, your area could be experiencing network congestion, caused by high internet demand in your suburb (seen on FTTB, FTTC, HFC and FTTN connections). Having lots of devices connected to your home internet, could also be causing congestion an a slow performance, along with what you’re using internet for, such as video streaming. Beyond these things, your modem could be bottle-necking your NBN speed, or your line could be damaged.

How can I make my iiNet NBN speed faster?

There’s several things you can do, which could help make your iiNet NBN faster:

  • Consider upgrading to the NBN 100 plan if you’re on a lower speed plan.
  • Disconnect any unnecessary devices from your home WiFi to stop local connection congestion.
  • Get a new modem, especially if your current modem is old or perhaps a cheaper model.
  • Try investigating your fixed connection to see if there is any damage.
  • If all else fails, the Technology Choice Program connects your home to the fastest type of NBN in the country — if you’re willing to pay.

Is iiNet good for Netflix?

iiNet’s NBN 50 and 100 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 the average speeds of these services 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.

Is iiNet NBN a good deal?

iiNet’s NBN plans are reasonably priced and come with the added bonus of optional extras such as Fetch. 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 can expect to be in safe hands with iiNet.

Depending on how critical high-speed internet is to you, it could be worth shopping around and comparing a range of NBN plans and 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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