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Is this an HFC box or what ?

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by vladtepes, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. vladtepes

    vladtepes Member

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    I'm in Bracken Ridge Qld 4017.

    Well the other day some tech came and installed a manilla covered box on the wall of the house (has NBN moulded into it, and a pipe running into the ground).

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    The missus happened to be home he just said "won't work yet, you'll get something in the mail). [​IMG]

    From what I have seen on the rollout map (which shows our area not done at all yet) we will be apparently getting an "HFC" connection, whatever the heck that is.

    I mean this doesn't enlighten me too much: https://www.nbnco.com.au/blog/the-nbn-project/hfc-everything-you-need-to-know.html

    My real question, which nobody can tell me, is "When the heck will I get NBN?"
    I am sick to death of my 1mbps ADSL connection, with so much buffering when watching redtube YouTube..

    Also not sure what speeds / stability can be expected from HFC.
     
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  2. caspian

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    that's a HFC PCD.

    the staged reopening of orders is being done by geographical area so you'll just have to be patient until your area is updated with go-live dates. stability is the same as for any HFC connection, and speed depends on your RSP and how much bandwidth they choose to support your service with. pick a reputable RSP and avoid disappointment.
     
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    I just checked the NBN site rollout info and it has changed since last time I checked.

    Construction of the nbn™ broadband access network has started in your area

    Planned availability: Jul-Dec 2019*.

    We're continuing to upgrade the nbn™ HFC network in your area. Please check back periodically for updates on when your premises will be ready to connect.

    Planned technology: nbn™ Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)*.​


    The 2nd half of 2019 is not soon and it seem strange they'd be fitting a box to the house so far in advance of this ?!

    I REALLY hope it happens sooner.
     
  4. caspian

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    not really. the drop build team operate independently on their own schedule, it doesn't really matter when that happens as long as it happens first. the delay for wider network availability may have slipped but that's no reason to delay the drop builds. it's also done by contractors, varying the schedule would be a contractual variation, which would probably have commercial implications when they have to schedule it in around their other work. no point in doing that unless there is a benefit to doing so, there's no particular downside to having the drop in place early.
     
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    Just raised my hopes unreasonably. Bastards ! :)
     
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    mine's meant to be finished by Oct-December 2018 and no sign of a box at my place yet :Paranoid:
     
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    Honestly I'm sick to hell of this as its taking so long because I desperately want to have a better speed that my current 1mbps ADSL2+ connection. It's bloody impossible sometimes to maintain my website and a mates business website, when page load times are measured in seconds. As for gaming and porn :leet:, well I guess "Leather Goddesses of Phobos" covers both those bases..... :lol:

    Perhaps when my internet is faster I can play higher spec games online like Lesuire Suit Larry and Duke Nukem.... :lol: :lol: :lol:


    I make light of it, but I'm well and truly over it.

    I'd say "first world problem" but there are poorer countries than us with better speeds. I'm in the northern suburbs of a capital city FFS.

    /rant mode off
     
  8. power

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    yeah we had someone come out and just hang big rolls of coax off the side of our units - looks fucking awful, everything feels pretty disorganised - hoping they update those dates soon. Sick of checking back all the time.
     
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    Just checked mum and dads place one suburb away, also HFC, Jan-March 2019. So 6 - 9 months ahead of us.
    And they're already getting around 15mbps compared to my 1. Bugger it.
     
  10. thorpee

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    I got the same box installed on my balcony wall in my apartment building. They put it about 1.6 meters above the floor. It's an eye-saw from the road as you see all the little boxes and pipe on everyone's balconies above their balustrades.

    Our building manager reckons the internal wall plaque connection won't be that high. So unsure if they will have to route coax back down the pipe to get it to powerpoint height inside. The external wall is brick so pretty sure it would be hard to route it down through the wall. I'm going to be annoyed if i have to run a lead 1.6m up to plug my modem in.

    This box seems like a waste of time to me and a point of failure in terms of rust and loose connection. Surely just running the cable direct to the house would be better. I guess you don't get a NBN logo on it then.
     
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    Actually my box might be higher then 1.6m. They had to run a channel up to the 2 apartments above me to give them coax connections as well. Here's a photo album of what it looks like. The PVC rainwater pipe was replaced not long before the NBN work. It has nothing to do with them. You will have to look for the box in the zoomed out photos, I've painted the PVC rain water pipe in these pictures too. That's the only finished photos I have of it. I've rented the place out so can't get back into it atm.
     
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