NBN reaches 10 million

If you're dreaming of giving up that daily commute and working from home, technology is now making it possible to connect with colleagues in an instant.

The rise in virtual working will no doubt have ramifications on the regional property market, as we become less tied to where we work when choosing where to live.

Why wait till you retire to make that sea-change or tree-change if you can work from the comfort of your home every day?

One of the biggest game-changers has been the increase in internet speed and performance.

The good news is, NBN Co has just announced more than 10 million homes and businesses are now able to connect to the nbn™ access network across Australia.

New research, commissioned by NBN Co, reveals that although 83 per cent of South Australians understand at least one factor that can impact their broadband experience (such as Wi-Fi quality and location in the home), just over half say they are very confident that their home set-up is optimised to deliver the best speed and performance.

Two-thirds said they managed their internet set-up, while 1 in 4 enlists the help of their family and friends.

NBN Co is helping Australians get the most out of their experience. Their top tips include:

Amplify your connection 

Thick walls are great at keeping noise out but do the same to your Wi-Fi signal. Consider purchasing a Wi-Fi repeater to amplify your signal and help get faster speeds throughout your house.

Weak internet signal?

Check for objects that interfere with your Wi-Fi signal such as microwave ovens, televisions, hot water systems, ovens and even your fish tank. Place your Wi-Fi router/modem in a central location - free from obstructions.

Check your plan

There are a range of speed plans nbn makes available to internet providers on the network, so chat to your retailer about your internet habits, the number of devices in the home and how many people will be online.

Head of nbn™ local for South Australia, Tim Saul said "Research shows one in four Australians are interested in making their homes 'smarter' so getting your set-up right will become increasingly important as we look to power the homes of tomorrow.

"There are lots of factors that can impact your household broadband experience, such as Wi-Fi quality, modem placement and the number of devices connected.

Telsyte Managing Director, Foad Fadaghi, said: "There are plenty of things people can do to optimise the experience of their connected home, including finding the best location for their Wi-Fi routers and ensuring device software is always kept up-to-date."

Get connected: With 10 million homes and businesses now connected to the nbn™ access network nationally, now is the time to ensure your household internet set-up is optimised to help deliver faster internet speeds. Photo: Shutterstock.

Get connected: With 10 million homes and businesses now connected to the nbn™ access network nationally, now is the time to ensure your household internet set-up is optimised to help deliver faster internet speeds. Photo: Shutterstock.