58.21 NBN FTTN Connection in Australia

20190608 NBN connections in Australia are often using fibre to the node (FTTN) or fibre to the basement (FTTB) infrastructure. These connect from the high speed node to the home using the slower pre-existing telephone infrastructure and need to connect to a modem supporting VDSL2 such as the Fritz!Box 7490.

It is often a good idea to factory reset your modem/router before setting it up for the connection. For example, on the Fritz!Box 7490 a telephone handset needs to be plugged into one of the phone connections, say FON1. Then dial/call #991*15901590* to see all the LEDs flash once and eventually when completed the WLAN LED will remain on.

Connection to the modem/router through WiFi should now be possible through your computer’s WiFi interface. The required credentials are often printed on a label on the bottom of the modem/router.

The modem’s DSL/TEL socket is now directly connected to the telephone wall socket—no need for the splitters of the past when using ADSL. The modem will eventually provide some indication that it has established a connection with the NBN. On the Fritz!Box this is when the Power/DSL LED stops flashing and remains lit. During the communications process the same LED uses a different flash pattern to indicate it is negotiating the connection.

Using the default IP address for the router (e.g., for the Fritz!Box) connect to the router through a web browser by typing the IP address (e.g., into the browser’s address bar. After a reset a new password will usually be requested. As an added security measure the Fritz!Box requires a (any) physical button on the modem/router to be pressed.

The ISP provided setup and connection details should now be checked against the modem’s setup and then connection to the Internet via the ISP should be established. For the Fritz!Box 7490 connecting to iiNet as the ISP the VLAN ID needs to be set to 2 as an addition step beyond the DSL Wizard setup.

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