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Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

currently have telstra FTTN NBN. it is incredibly slow. like 

 PING ms
24
 DOWNLOAD Mbps
7.56
 UPLOAD Mbps
0.00
 
is changing to 4G mobile broadband a better option? cant keep working with such crazy slow internet.
 
obviously humans at telstra don't exist to talk to Smiley Sad

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Level 23: Superhero

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Hello Me !!

You don't say what speed plan you are on, but what you quote is not right regardless.

Has it always been like that?

Have you re-booted your modem?

Re 4G mobile broadband .....I have been using it for almost 5 years with great success. If you're a massive downloader, which I doubt with the speed you quote .... mobile broadband has smaller limits, but for $65.00 per month they are offering 180GB per month as a special for the 1st 12 months.

https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/sim-only-plans?tc=G%7cBMM%7cD%7cTP%7cTPP%7cBrandTermsKWMobi...Smiley Very Happy

 

Speed wise, with a Netgear Nighthawk M2 modem I get with 1 bar of 4G signal between 200 and 300 mb/s, usually low to mid 200's at busy times, and close to 300 less peak times.

 

I think our NBN modem specialist guru here, would agree that your download figure shows a fault in your service.

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Level 21: Augmented

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

What model of modem do you have? If it is a Smart Modem with 4G backup, a quick test would be to disconnect the WAN or DSL service to the modem, then give it a few minutes to switch to 4G, then try the speed test and see how it goes - it won't be as fast as 4G is capable of, probably locked down to less than 25Mbps down, but it will give you an idea of how stable 4G is at your location.

Stevo 52
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Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

4G mobile broadband would be faster but it could be a lot dearer if you use a lot of data. There is an obvious fault on your FTTN link. Have any techs been out to investigate. Could you post your line status. The line status are located here on the Telstra modem's

 

TG587 Telstra T-Gateway (TG797). Telstra Gateway Max TG799 and Telstra Gateway Max II (TG800)
http://10.0.0.138 > advance > broadband > DSL stats

 

Telstra Gateway Frontier (DJN2130), Telstra Smart Modem (DJA0230) Telstra Smart Modem Gen2 (DJA0231)
http://192.168.0.1 > Advanced > Broadband > DSL stats Log in ID Gen 2 is admin/Telstra

 

Telstra Smart Modem Gen2 (LH1000)
http://192.168.0.1 > Broadband Log in ID Gen 2 is admin/Telstra (DSL RX rate and DSL TX rate)

 

Telstra Gateway (Sagemcom F@st 5355)
http://10.0.0.138 > Advanced > Gateway Settings > Dev Info > General > xDSL (Near bottom of page) Password is admin

 

An example is shown below. These could indicate what is causing the problem.

 

DSL Link 37 Mbps

Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

thank you for your reply. yes have always had slow nbn. but it is definitely worse at times.

have rebooted the modem

Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

have the f@st 5355 modem, is this possible to do with this modem?

Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

we have the Telstra Gateway (Sagemcom F@st 5355). Standard Speed - NBN FTTN Technology Type. havent had a technician out to investigate, just thought it was how slow the internet is here! 

 

does this help

 

xDSL

StatusConnection TimeLink StatusStandardLine EncodingLink encapsulation
UP
16h17m58s
UP
VDSL2 (G_993_2_ANNEX_ B)
DMT
ATM (G_992_3_ANNEX_ K_ATM)
 Actual Rate [Kbps]Maximum Rate [Kbps]Noise Margin [dB]Attenuation [dB]Power [dBm]
DownstreamUpstream
302086400
330446400
8.1017.00
26.900.00
11.806.30

 

Level 21: Augmented

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Unfortunately, that modem doesn't have 4G backup..  There was a scheme going on where Telstra was upgrading modems to Smart Modem 2, but I don't know quite how it worked. If you can prove your current modem is faulty (as well as your NBN service) then Telstra might send you a new SM2 as a replacement

 

However, if you have a 4G handset, turn off Wi-Fi, then run Speedtest from that handset..  that will give you an even better indication of speed..

 

But, as @cf4  mentioned, mobile broadband costs might be a killer over a month..  I think the max plan allowance is 200 Gb for $75/mth. Prepaid is more expensive again.

 

Your internet seems slow, so it might need to be lodged as a fault, it might get you a new modem Smiley Happy

Stevo 52
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Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Thanks for posting the link status. Judging from those figures the low speed doesn't look like it is caused by a link fault. Those figures indicate the link is capable of a download speed of over 25 Mbps and an upload speed over 5 Mbps.

 

Do you get the same low speeds on more than one device? Is the device connect by WiFi or Ethernet?

Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

device is connect by wifi. the other devices connect are slow but not as slow. guessing the next step is to try and contact telstra?

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Because it doesn't look like it is a line fault you might not get much assistance from Telstra. Support might supply you with a new modem as thr modem could be causing the low speed. One thing you could try changing the WiFi channels in the modem this sometimes solves a speed issue.

Level 21: Augmented

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Have you tried connecting that slow device with an ethernet cable if it is capable of that?

Stevo 52
Too many devices, probably an addict :-) also a tinkerer and developer of stuff..
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Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

have connected the slowest device via ethernet cable and it is loads faster. so does that mean its the devices?

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

It does indicate the WiFi adapter on the device is the cause of the low speed.. You could try changing the WiFi channel in the modem to see if the speed is better on a different WiFi channel.

Level 21: Augmented

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

So it might be the device Wi-Fi hardware or trouble with the Wi-Fi connection (there are some modem settings you could try).

 

But it indicates that maybe your internet is actually OK.

Stevo 52
Too many devices, probably an addict :-) also a tinkerer and developer of stuff..
Not with Telstra, just another customer like you!
Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

thank you so much for your help

 

is changing the wifi settings in the modem hard?

Level 21: Augmented

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

Not hard, but you do need to be careful.. 

 

There is a manual that @cf4 kindly put together - https://crowdsupport.telstra.com.au/t5/modems-hardware/sagemcon-f-st-5355-manual/td-p/643374

 

If you get stuck, just ask questions here..

 

The problem will be determining if the problem is actually a modem issue or the Wi-Fi adapter on your device. If other devices are connecting OK and speed is OK, it's the slow device so start by seeing if there are any driver updates for that devices Wi-Fi..or disable the onboard one then try a USB Wi-Fi adapter?

Stevo 52
Too many devices, probably an addict :-) also a tinkerer and developer of stuff..
Not with Telstra, just another customer like you!
Level 2: Rookie

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

all the devices are slow. the computer that i normally use just happens to be the slowest Smiley Sad 

was looking at these options. https://www.telstra.com.au/internet/mobile-broadband#home-internet 

but if its the devices there isn't much point

im a little scared to be fiddling around with settings, definitely not my forte

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Slow FTTN would 4G mobile broadband be a better option?

If you have any problems with changing the settings can always factory reset the modem by pressing reset button located below power button for at least 10 seconds. All settings are reset to factory defaults. The modem will automatically connect to internet after a reset.

 

Changing the WiFi channel could fix the slow speed as some WiFi devices have problems with some of the channels.

 

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