My wife and I just sold our house, and for the next seven or so months, while we build a new home, we are renting. The rental property has NBN installed, and annoyingly the NBN box is located inside of the garage.
Googling seems to suggest that this is quite common, especially for NBN fibre connections. The problem with the NBN box being located in the garage is obvious: the reception sucks, and in larger homes, you get blackspots.
You have to plug a modem into the NBN NTD device, and because the NBN NTD is inside the garage, it means the modem has to be close to plug into the appropriate port.
There were a few options to consider ranging from expensive to affordable:
- Running a large ethernet cable and putting the modem inside of the house somewhere (affordable).
- Purchasing a wifi range extender (affordable, but unreliable)
- Creating a mesh network (Google Nest Wifi or Netgear Orbi) which is expensive
In most circumstances, you would wire up ethernet ports throughout the house and have them done by a registered cabler. Being a rental, this is out of the equation.
The solution was just to run a large ethernet cable, neatly tuck it away against the edges of the walls and place the modem inside the house. The cable itself was only 20 or so metres, so nothing overly long. I’ve done many speed tests and haven’t noticed a drop in speed using this solution.
I am considering adding a Google Nest Wifi into the mix, but this is an acceptable (not ideal) solution for now. My wife isn’t a fan of visible cables (neither am I these days), but you’re limited to what you can do (stopping short of putting holes in the walls).