Residence assessment: Optus 5G house broadband is a velocity demon*

It’s been just a few days since I began utilizing the Nokia 5G Residence Broadband modem from Optus however I’m already impressed with the Optus 5G velocity, low pings (13-19ms) and low latency.

Setup is tremendous straightforward and the fast begin information written properly. The Nokia modem has a intelligent design with LED lights across the fringe of the highest that blink because it searches for sign in every course. The LED helps you place it in the most effective place in your house/workplace. This may usually be wherever the Nokia can sit as excessive as doable subsequent to a glass window or balcony door that faces an Optus 5G tower. When you’ve got a multi-level condo or home then the most effective place might be on the highest ground, it was for me.

Don’t put this modem in a cabinet or another enclosed space underneath furnishings and count on to get robust sign energy out of your native 5G tower:

When good pal of Ausdroid Alex Choros tested Optus 5G Home Broadband for Whistleout just a few months in the past he was too distant from the tower to get full sign energy. Nonetheless the place I’m testing it for Ausdroid is inside just a few hundred metres — line of sight — to an Optus 5G tower close to Inexperienced Sq. Station in Sydney so I’m getting a stable inexperienced indicator for sign.

These intelligent Scandinavians designed the underside of the modem to make it straightforward to plug in 4 community cables and energy cable.

The Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway equipped by Optus is owned by Optus and must be returned once you cancel their 5G Residence Broadband service so maintain it. For a single Wi-Fi entry level although it does a significantly better job than any ISP equipped router I’ve examined previously. It’s Wi-Fi specs are: 3×3 802.11b/g/n, 4×4 802.11ac MU-MIMO. Some drawbacks for Ausdroid readers who like excessive finish routers is that you simply can not set customized DNS servers and can not edit the DHCP vary however that’s not stunning for an enormous model ISP.

Download syncing about 60GB from OneDrive to an area PC throughout the weekend the velocity different between about 50-220mbit down which is greater than acceptable. A part of the problem is OneDrive doesn’t multi thread downloads properly so should you’re syncing plenty of small information the switch velocity slows down in comparison with syncing massive information like audio books the place the 5G modem may maintain 200mbit plus.

All different velocity checks have been between 150-low 300 megabits down and round 80 megabits up. Streaming video from numerous suppliers together with STAN and SBS on Demand has labored nice in addition to recording IPTV channels on my Fetch Mighty field.

There’s a catch to the Optus 5G Residence Broadband service although and it’s why I stated on this article that the service is a velocity demon*. If the wired NBN (Fibre, HFC, FTTN, FTTC) is congested in your space throughout a peak time eg: evenings or college holidays the velocity drops a bit however you don’t lose your connection altogether.

As compared with a wi-fi service like this will probably be attention-grabbing to see if Optus could make the service keep as quick and dependable if a variety of prospects hear about it and join. Positive the 5G tower close to me has a variety of capability however I stay in a really extremely populated space and if just a few thousand folks join to make use of the service on the similar tower they’d doubtless expertise lots slower speeds and common connection drop outs.

Optus 5G Home Broadband is at present priced at $75/month however to maintain getting unlimited speeds you’ll soon have to spend $90/month.

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