ADSL, Naked DSL or NBN: Which is right for you?

Choosing the right internet plan isn’t always easy. With so many options on the table, it’s often hard to get past the jargon and work out what’s the best choice for your specific needs. With this in mind, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of ADSL, Naked DSL and NBN, and how to choose the right plan, so you get exactly what you need – without the jargon.

Why choose ADSL?

When you sign up for an ADSL connection, there are certain criteria you have to meet. If you are located too far from the exchange, if your phone line connects through a RIM (Remote Integrated Multiplexor), or if you use a pair gains system, you may not be able to connect to ADSL. To find out if you are eligible for ADSL, contact your ISP.

So, if you are eligible, what are the benefits of connecting to ADSL? While the speeds you receive will depend on a number of factors, such as your distance from the exchange, and the equipment you are using, you should find ADSL offers pretty fast internet access. You may also have the opportunity to bundle your phone line and your internet to save money.

Why choose Naked DSL?

Naked DSL generally offers the same speeds as ADSL, but allows you to save money on line rental. It is ‘naked’ because you are just paying for the internet connection without line rental, which can make it the perfect choice if you don’t want a home phone.

Using Naked DSL, you can still use a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone to make calls, which connects using your DSL connection rather than a traditional phone service. If you want to sign up for Naked DSL, you will generally have to fit the same ADSL eligibility criteria mentioned above to get connected.

Why choose NBN?

As the NBN (National Broadband Network) rolls out across Australia, more and more people have the opportunity to connect to superfast internet. Check the NBN rollout map to find out if NBN is available in your area, or if construction is currently underway. If you don’t yet have NBN in your area, check back regularly as the rollout continues.

When you sign up for an NBN plan, you can choose how much data you will need per month, and the speed of the connection. NBN providers usually offer data packages for light, medium and heavy users, and the choice of up to five tiers according to download/upload speed:

  • Tier 1: Up to 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload.
  • Tier 2: Up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload.
  • Tier 3: Up to 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload.
  • Tier 4: Up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload.
  • Tier 5: Up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.

How to choose the right plan


Once you have a better idea of what each service offers, check ISP websites to find out what is available in your area. Check out iiNet internet plans and compare prices, bundles and data packages to find the plan that best suits your needs.


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