broadband

How To Combine Multiple Internet Connections Into One Super-Fast Pipe

You may not realise it, but you probably use multiple internet connections every day: your home network, your phone, and even hotspots and other devices. The downside: you can usually only use one at a time. Imagine if you could combine them all into one huge pipe that delivers faster downloads, smooth streaming, and crisp video calls. Here’s how to do it, with a tool called Speedify.


Ask LH: Which NBN Provider Is The Best For Streaming Media?

Hi Lifehacker, The NBN is about to go active in my area. What is the best plan for someone who’s into streaming a lot of content (like Netflix)? And which providers won’t suffer from congestion?


Australians Love Wireless Broadband, But Don't Use It For Big Downloads

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm what we knew: we’re keen on mobile broadband devices, but when it comes to major downloads, we’re all about fixed broadband.


NBN Co Is Now Officially Offering Fibre-To-The-Building Services

After trials last year, NBN Co is officially offering fibre-to-the-building options for unit blocks and offices as of today. Just how fast will those services be?


Telstra Ups Data Limits On Its Fixed Broadband Plans

Telstra is expanding the data allocations for its fixed line broadband customers, but it may take some time to affect you if you’re a Telstra customer, and it’s not entirely clear how much more quota you’ll get.


Ask LH: Why Can't My ISP Guarantee My Speed?

Dear Lifehacker, My home connection is meant to be ADSL2+, but I have never exceeded 5.0Mb/s for downloads. My ISP tells me that is all the speed I can expect living 3.6 km from exchange. Is that true? Am I right in thinking that going through a VPN my download speed would be much worse? And can I do anything other than wait for that very elusive NBN?


AusBBS Has An Unlimited Fibre-To-The-Basement Plan For Unit Blocks

AusBBS has offered an unlimited NBN plan since May 2013. Now it is also offering a similar deal for apartment blocks being serviced by TPG/AAPT, but as always it pays to check the conditions carefully if you happen to live in one of the 300 buildings offering the deal.


The NBN, The Myth Of Choice, And Australia's Rubbish Internet Future

The National Broadband Network (NBN) was designed as a wholesale network: access to it is sold by dozens of providers. But the news today that TPG and iiNet are planning a merger underscores a stark reality: you’re almost certainly going to end up buying your NBN broadband access from one of just three providers — and for customers, that sucks.


The NBN Will Use DOCSIS 3.1 To Speed Up Its Cable Broadband Service

Good news, speed freaks: after the National Broadband Network (NBN) begins rolling out services based on the existing pay TV cable network early next year, it will upgrade the network with a new standard that offers a theoretical top download speed of 10 gigabits per second.


Half The People Who Can Get The NBN Haven't Done So, And We Judge Them

I suspect most Lifehacker readers would race to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) if they had the option. Turns out the general public is a little bit slower getting on board.