Goodbye cellular data. Welcome NBN!

NBN Fixed Wireless – Rural Application

The need for high speed internet for regional agricultural based business is critical, not only for the running of the property but also for use of residents, family and staff, from social to educational purposes. Just some of the vast range of digital technologies already in use within Australia including online education, tracking devices, remote management, monitoring of machinery/livestock, security cameras, management of websites etc.

There are long term savings and undeniable benefits to be made by taking advantage of internet connection – benefits that will allow your business to become more efficient, prosper and grow.

Business Profile

This Homestead is well known to those in the industry as a top flight breeder of Bulls specialising in artificial breeding.  The farm lies around 80km Southwest of Brisbane in the Beaudesert region.

Business Needs

Previously the only internet available on the property apart from patchy mobile coverage, was via cattle
a cellular router connected back to the main homestead via a low end point to point bridge. This solution was both expensive and unreliable.

A dwelling on the property was deemed suitable for the NBN fixed wireless service. The only problem being that the NBN access was 4 kilometres away from where the internet was required – with a number of hills and obstacles in the way.


Rural NBN Case Study Map

After a site survey, the solution was easy but required a combination of the NBN fixed wireless, multiple point to point wireless bridges, solar powered poles for clearing hills at relay points and long range wifi access points for ground coverage in and around the homestead, office, labs and sale yards.

The installation was designed and co-ordinated by AETV Systems in conjunction with Powertec engineers. Special allowances were made for 2 x solar 10 meter powered poles with sufficient battery backup to operate for a number of days without sunshine. The incumbent cellular router is on standby in the event of an outage with the NBN or any of the relay points relying on solar/battery.

The installation was completed in 3 days.

Product/s Used

  • 4 x C1xan with 5GHz 20dBi panel antennas – longer distance bridges
  • 4 x C1an – short distance bridges
  • 4 x C1n – long range WiFi access


Business Benefits/Solution

All buildings on the property are now linked via a high speed, low latency wireless network and enjoy the benefits of the NBN fixed wireless service. (The finance department are no longer receiving huge monthly cellular data charges for unreliable internet access. Happy management, happy staff and happy residents = a very happy business.) Further locations and access can be added at any time.




Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]

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    Wi-Fi speeds set to triple on the back of a WAVE?

    Wi-Fi speeds set to triple?

    The Wi-Fi Alliance® recently announced they were expanding their 802.11ac specification to include new features – the most exciting being the MU-MIMO. These upgrades promise an increase in Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3x.

    The features enable wi-fi to ‘more efficiently handle high-bandwidth applications from an increasing number of smartphones, tablets, TV’s and other devices simultaneously connected to wi-fi networks.’  This is good news, with greater capacity and greater speeds for all users.

    The most anticipated new feature is MU-MIMO – Multi-user Multiple Input Multiple Output – which allows more devices to operate simultaneously on the same network without sacrificing speed or performance.  Just think of the benefit where currently Wi-Fi access points are only able to be utilised one at a time.


    The new features are:

    • MU-MIMO: Networks with MU-MIMO are capable of multitasking by sending data to multiple devices at once rather than one-at-a-time, improving overall network efficiency and throughput
    • 160 MHz channels: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac increases the maximum channel bandwidth from 80 MHz channels to 160 MHz channels, potentially doubling transmission speeds
    • Four spatial streams: Device speeds are proportional to the number of spatial streams. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac now includes support for four spatial streams, up from three spatial streams.
    • Extended 5 GHz channel support: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac encourages device support for a greater number of available channels in 5 GHz. Support for additional channels makes more efficient use of available spectrum and reduces interference and congestion by minimizing the number of networks operating on overlapping channels.

    What is Altai doing to cater for the upgraded 802.11ac specification?

    Altai are set to release a range of Wave2 indoor and outdoor products starting from the 3rd quarter of 2016 which will utilise the new and improved specification.

    Product information will be provided at launch but at Powertec is available to assist with any queries in the meantime.