I had the NBN installed recently and found it to be a painless process.
Exetel sent me an Email several weeks ago informing me that Technicians would install my connection on Tuesday 23/08/2011 between 8:00am and 11:30am. The guys arrived at 7:50am and asked me where I wanted the connection located. The spot I had chosen was an internal wall. The Techo told me that this was not possible because they ran the cable through the roof cavity and were unable to drill down internal walls. He would much prefer to locate it on an external wall. After looking at several possible locations I decided to stand firm and press for my preferred location. When the Techo discovered that was a simple matter to get under my house, and the Telstra phone line was installed in this manner, he agreed to run the cable down an external wall, under the floor and up into the internal wall.
An hour and a half later the connection was complete and had passed the necessary tests.
I've included a couple of pictures of the hardware, provided free of charge, to complete the installation.
The large box on the left of the internal installation contains a lead acid battery to provide power for VOIP if mains power is lost. The middle box (Network Termination Device "NTD") only has 1 port (UNI-D 1) activated. Note that there are 2 VOIP ports (UNI-V 1, UNI-V 2) on the left of this unit.
Just a heads up folks. A dedicated power point is required for the connection. You cannot use a power board or extension lead.
All I had to purchase was a wireless router (Netcomm N300 Wireless Router - up to 300Mbps).
The hardware was connected mid morning and I contacted Exetel around midday. The consultant put me through to Provisioning because they had not been informed that the connection was completed. Provisioning informed me that the line would be available for use that afternoon.
Around 3:00pm I configured my router using the same account details as my existing ADSL account.
Bingo I was online.
We opted for 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up at $54.00 a month.
Speednet.net test yielded 80Mbps down and 20Mbps up last night.
The speed is tremendous. Sites load virtually instantaneously. Video streaming is seamless.
The only problem I have encountered is getting my kids laptops to connect wirelessly at higher speeds. I haven't quite cracked this one yet but no doubt it will be driver/configuration related.
PS3 multi player online games like "Call Of Duty" are amazing thanks to the speed increase.
So for me this has been a great experience.
All I have to do now is solve my wireless speed issue..........