iiNet NBN: Plans, pricing and everything you need to know

It’s iiNet internet, innit?

May 22, 2022
5 min read

iiNet has been an internet provider that started with two uni friends selling dial-up internet services from a garage. In more recent times, iiNet has made a name for itself as an NBN provider that has a good mix of speed, price and plan versatility.

You can save money by opting for a BYO modem plan or, alternatively, spend more to cover the cost of either a PAYG home phone service or one with a call allowance as well as an included NBN-compatible modem. For homes seeking additional entertainment, iiNet also offers Fetch TV bundles. Here’s how iiNet’s NBN offering looks.

iiNet NBN connection types

iiNet offers plans for metro fixed-line NBN areas as well as Fixed Wireless NBN places. Here are the NBN technologies that you can buy an iiNet NBN plan on:

Only NBN 12 plans are missing from iiNet’s plan portfolio, with all metro users able to buy NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans. Those homes or areas serviced by FTTP and HFC also have the option of considering speedier NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans from iiNet, too. Meanwhile, rural and regional homes serviced by Fixed Wireless NBN can also sign up for NBN 12 and NBN 25 plans.

iiNet NBN plans

If you want to start with iiNet’s cheapest NBN plan, you’re going to have to start with the provider’s NBN 25 plans. While NBN 12 is absent, it’s not a bad thing as far as we’re concerned because NBN 12 isn’t as versatile as NBN 25, plus the savings for the rare providers that do offer NBN 12 plans don’t really justify the lack of overall speed.

Below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 25 plans with unlimited data that you can find in our comparison engine.

NBN 50 is the speed tier that’s most popular in Australian homes, which is understandable given the mix of monthly value and bandwidth versatility. Here’s how iiNet’s NBN 25 plan looks.

And here’s how the top 10 most popular NBN 50 plans from our comparison look.

If NBN 50 isn’t quite fast enough for your home’s internet needs, NBN 100 plans are built for homes with five or more people, offering the versatility to play online games, stream content and download files across multiple devices simultaneously. Below is iiNet’s base NBN 100 plan.

And for comparison, below is a daily updating list of NBN 100 plans with unlimited data from our database.

If you’re in an FTTP or HFC home and want at least double the download speeds, NBN 250 plans may be of interest. They’re not as expensive as NBN 1000 plans but the extra download speed compared to NBN 100 plans (and below) adds more immediacy to your online experience. iiNet offers an NBN 250 plan, which you can see below.

Alternatively, you can check out the daily updating list of popular NBN 250 plans below with unlimited data.

Finally, iiNet also offers an NBN 1000 plan. This plan is meant for the household that wants to download massive files in minutes and/or otherwise is keen for no-compromise internet.

For comparison, below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 1000 plans from our database.

Reading into the NBN key facts sheet on the iiNet website reveals a couple of disclaimers that are worth flagging. iiNet notes that its self-reported typical evening download speeds are subject to change, plus the provider doesn’t guarantee these speeds. It’s also worth noting that the 200Mbps download speeds advertised for iiNet’s NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans are placeholder estimates, which iiNet will revise once it’s gathered enough performance data on these speed tiers.

If you live in a rural or regional area, iiNet also offers NBN 12 Fixed Wireless plans, which is one of a few in our database.

Alternatively, you can get more speed and versatility from iiNet’s NBN 25 Fixed Wireless plan.

For comparison, check out the daily updating list of popular NBN 25 Fixed Wireless plans in our database below.

iiNet NBN speed test

Like any NBN provider, iiNet NBN speeds will vary throughout the day. Whether you’re an iiNet customer or with another provider, you can use the NBN speed test below to see if your plan is up to snuff (it also works on mobile and other forms of internet, too).

iiNet NBN modems

You can BYO modem to access the cheapest versions of iiNet’s NBN plans. Alternatively, there are three preconfigured NBN-compatible modems to also consider:

  • TP-Link VR1600v
  • TG-789 Broadband Gateway
  • TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway (VX420-G2H)

If you signed up with iiNet back in the day and don’t have one of these options, you may be able to find support for iiNet legacy modem-routers here.

TP-Link VR1600v setup guide

Follow the steps below to get online with an iiNet NBN plan using the TP-Link VR1600v modem-router:

  • Before starting, ensure you have a message from iiNet advising you to connect to your NBN modem. Make note of the WiFi name and password on the barcode sticker, which should be beneath the TP-Link VR1600v. For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless homes, ensure you have a power outlet near your NBN connection box.
  • Connect the included power cable from the TP-Link VR1600v’s Power Port to a nearby power outlet and turn it on.
  • For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless users, connect the included Ethernet cable to the UNI-D1 or Gateway port on your NBN connection box and the other end to the blue WAN port on the TP-Link VR1600v.
  • For FTTN and FTTB homes, connect the included telephone cable to the grey DSL port on the TP-Link VR1600v.
  • Optionally, connect a telephone handset to the Phone1 port on the TP-Link VR1600v.
  • Press the Power button on the TP-Link VR1600v and wait 15 minutes for it to boot up and automatically connect.
  • Confirm the Internet light is green on the TP-Link VR1600v.
  • Connect the devices in your home via Ethernet cables (up to four with the yellow LAN ports) or WiFi.

You can find a complete TP-Link VR1600v guide here (in PDF form).

TG-789 setup guide

Follow the steps below to get online with an iiNet NBN plan using the TG-789 modem-router:

  • Before starting, ensure you have a message from iiNet advising you to connect to your NBN modem. Make note of the WiFi name and password on the barcode sticker that should be beneath the TG-789. For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless homes, ensure you have a power outlet near your NBN connection box.
  • Connect the included power cable from the TG-789’s Power Port to a nearby power outlet and power it on.
  • For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless users, connect the included Ethernet cable to the UNI-D1 or Gateway port on your NBN connection box and the other end to the red WAN port on the TG-789.
  • For FTTN and FTTB homes, connect the included telephone cable to the grey DSL port on the TG-789.
  • Optionally, connect a telephone handset to the Phone1 port on the TG-789.
  • Press the Power button on the TG-789 and wait 15 minutes for it to boot up and automatically connect.
  • Confirm the Internet light is green on the TG-789.
  • Connect the devices in your home via Ethernet cables (up to four with the yellow LAN ports) or WiFi.

You can find a complete TG-789 guide here (in PDF form).

TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway setup guide

Follow the steps below to get online with an iiNet NBN plan using the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway modem-router:

  • Before starting, ensure you have a message from iiNet advising you to connect to your NBN modem. Make note of the WiFi name and password on the barcode sticker that should be beneath the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway. For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless homes, ensure you have a power outlet near your NBN connection box.
  • Connect the included power cable from the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway’s Power Port to a nearby power outlet and turn it on.
  • For FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless users, connect the included Ethernet cable to the UNI-D1 or Gateway port on your NBN connection box and the other end to the blue WAN port on the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway.
  • For FTTN and FTTB homes, connect the included telephone cable to the grey DSL port on the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway.
  • Optionally, connect a telephone handset to the Phone1 port on the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway.
  • Press the Power button on the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway and wait 15 minutes for it to boot up and automatically connect.
  • Confirm the Power, Internet, 2.4GHz and 5GHz and lights are green on the TP-Link Smart Modem Gateway. There should also be a green DSL light for FTTN and FTTB users or a green WAN light for FTTP, FTTC, HFC and Fixed Wireless homes.
  • Connect the devices in your home via Ethernet cables (up to four with the yellow LAN ports) or WiFi.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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