Optus Home Wireless Broadband

By Libby Jane Charleston
on 1 January 2013

Setting up a new house is one of those stressful times of our lives that we’d rather forget. 

It’s no secret that a common rant on social media from somebody in the middle of a house move is often related to the ‘trauma’ of trying to get connected with Wifi.

As for me, I know all about this because I was one of those ‘ranters’ who posted weekly updates, about the hassle involved with getting Wifi into our new home. It should be simple, right? No! It took four weeks. Yes, four long weeks. (I’m not going to ‘name and shame’ the service provider but, please, feel free to take a guess!)

When you’re a writer who spends a lot of time working from a home office  – on top of juggling three children who are incredibly fond of Wifi. It wasn’t a particularly seamless time in our lives.

But that’s all in the past. I learnt my lesson and, this time, we went with another network and eagerly set out to try Optus Home Wireless Broadband. Thankfully, the news was good! In fact, we were amazed at how quickly we were connected and surfing the net with ease.

Setting Up Optus Home Wireless Broadband

First, there are three steps to setting up your broadband. Your pack comes with all you need: a Huawei 186 modem, a SIM card, a power adaptor, a network cable and the all-important user guide.

You need to make sure you set the modem up near a window, away from concrete or wooden walls. Also, keep it away from appliances with strong electric magnetic fields, such as microwaves or satellite antennas.

The first step is simple – just insert the SIM card. The second step involves plugging in the power adaptor. Then, all you need to do is press the Power button on the modem and wait until a solid blue light appears. This might take a couple of minutes.

Next, you need to decide how you’d like to connect.  If you want to use the Ethernet cable, all you do is connect one end to one of four LAN ports. Then insert the other end into your laptop or PC (up to four devices can be connected using the LAN ports).  If you want a cable-free connection to your laptop or tablet, simply press the button at the side of the modem – so simple!

Optus has really taken the hassle out of setting up your new home by giving you one less thing to worry about – with no need for countless cables, a technician and countless frustrating phone calls.

Well before you’ve begun unpacking dozens of boxes, you can set up your internet in less than five minutes. Once we were happily up and running, we found the internet was much speedier than our previous provider.

Review of Optus Home Wireless Broadband

It’s also perfect for a family like us that does a lot of travelling around NSW. You can simply pack the modem in the car and take it wherever you go!  I’d also highly recommend Optus Home Wireless Broadband for renters who would prefer an alternative internet solution to fixed broadband.  More great news – Optus gives you the choice of 200GB of data per month with a 24-month contract. Alternatively, you can choose a 12-month plan or a month-by-month contract, so there’s a plan that suits everyone.

As a journalist who mostly works from home, it’s been a perfect solution for me and my family and I’ve been so impressed with the speed.  In a metro area with 2300 MHz coverage, download and upload speeds of up to 12/1Mbps are available.  (If 2300 MHz coverage isn’t available, you can still enjoy speeds of up to 5/1 Mbps.  In fact, the speed of the data transmitted using the Home Wireless Broadband is different from the speed of data using other services supplied over the Optus 4G network.

Cost-wise for me it’s cheaper than my plan with another network.  If you’re a new or existing Home Wireless Broadband customer, you’ll get 200GB of data for just $80 a month on a 24-month contract (minimal cost of $1,920) or a month-to-month plan with a minimal cost of $320 in the first month, including the modem.  Or $90 a month on a 12-month contract, with a minimum cost of $1080. I’m really happy with the Home Wireless Broadband and my only regret is that it wasn’t available the last time I went through the ‘trauma ‘ of moving house!

About Optus

Optus Internet and NBN Plans: https://www.optus.com.au/broadband-nbn

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