TPG NBN not working? Try these quick fix solutions

The steps you can take to rectify a TPG NBN issue.

Internet can sometimes be a finicky thing. The trick with troubleshooting internet connectivity issues, though, is first identifying where the problem is coming from: is it an issue inside your home network (like a modem), on the device you’re trying to connect with, or is it coming from your provider (like Optus NBN or Telstra NBN).

TPG is a no-frills provider that prides itself on providing competitive pricing and reliable typical evening download speeds, but none of that really matters when the ’net goes down in your home.

Here’s what you need to do to rectify any issues with your TPG NBN connection.

TPG NBN Speed Test

How fast is your internet speed with TPG? Use our speed test tool below to find out. If it’s not up to expectations, you might want to consider switching to a faster NBN plan. See the fastest NBN 100 plans below.

Identifying the connection problem

This is the most important first step that can save a lot of hair-pulling later. If your internet isn’t working on a single device but is on other devices in your home, chances are the issue is with that specific device and not your internet. If no devices are working on your TPG internet connection, it may be an issue with one of three networks: your home network, the NBN, or TPG’s network.

If the issue is with either NBN or TPG, you can call TPG on 13 14 23 to find out appropriate support steps or find out how long the outage might be. Alternatively, read on for the steps you can try before calling.

TPG initial NBN setup

If this is the first time you’re using a TPG NBN connection, there are TPG-provided videos you can watch to get your initial setup right:

You can also find dedicated written guides for all of these NBN connection technologies here.

Checking for TPG outages

TPG has a dedicated page to check whether there’s an outage affecting your area. Visit the TPG Service Status page to check for any relevant NBN issues (or any other types of TPG-related issues for that matter).

If there is an outage, click on the ‘Reported Issue’ link next to the corresponding type of TPG internet connection you have (NBN or otherwise). This will let you filter through current outages, outages in the last 24 hours, and planned maintenance (which will likely lead to a future outage). You may have to scroll to find an outage that’s affecting your area. If there is a recorded outage, it will give you information on when it started and its estimated restoration time and date.

TPG colour codes its outages in terms of severity:

  • Red = Critical
  • Blue = Major
  • Yellow = Intermittent
  • Green = Scheduled or planned maintenance

TPG speed test

If you’re suffering from sluggish internet on your TPG connection, power down or disconnect all devices except for one, then visit the TPG speed-test page. Running this speed test from a single device, preferably one connected to your modem-router via Ethernet cable, and recording the results will help when troubleshooting speed problems with TPG.

Checking for NBN outages

NBN Co has a dedicated page for checking NBN outages. Type in your address and click on the yellow ‘Check address’ button to see if there’s a current outage in your area or any planned network maintenance in the next 10 days.

Router troubleshooting steps

There are modems, there are routers, and there are modem-routers. To read all about the differences, visit our dedicated page. If you’ve signed up to TPG recently, you may have been provided with a preconfigured wireless four-port NBN modem-router.

You want to check out the lights first. Depending on your NBN connection type – you can find out what you have by punching in your address on the NBN homepage – you may need to pay attention to the DSL light (Fibre-to-the-Curb, Fibre-to-the-Basement and Fibre-to-the-Node) and the internet light. Otherwise, the internet light should be green. In general, red lights or no lights is a bad thing, and you should call TPG on 13 14 23 if you experience them.

Power cycling your modem-router

Have you tried turning it off and on again? It turns out this recurring gag in The IT Crowd has a lot of truth in it when it comes to troubleshooting networking problems. If you have widespread connectivity options in your home, you should power cycle your networking equipment. For a TPG NBN connection, this is likely the modem-router that TPG provided when you signed up.

If it’s not, power cycle by powering it off for one minute (push the power button or disconnect the power cable), then power it back on. If this doesn’t fix your internet issues, call TPG on 13 14 23. They’ll likely ask you to connect a computer directly to your modem-router with an Ethernet cable so, if possible, do this before contacting them.

TPG NBN modem-router settings

Mercifully, TPG provides its modem-routers preconfigured to have you up and running out of the box. But in the event that something goes wrong, there are troubleshooting steps you can try to get reconnected. These are considered more advanced steps and you should only try them from a computer, ideally connected to your modem-router via Ethernet, and only if you’re confident with this level of PC troubleshooting. If you’re not, call TPG on 13 14 23 for further assistance.

These steps should still work if you have an active wireless connection to your TPG modem-router, but a wired Ethernet connection is faster, more reliable and isn’t reliant on active WiFi connectivity.

TP-Link C1200 settings

These settings are for Windows 10 PCs, but you can visit this TPG support page if you’d like to know the slightly different steps for earlier Windows operating systems. You can also find steps on the following page for how to configure a TP-Link VR1600v modem-router. There’s also a full guide to TPG-provided networking equipment here.

What TPG modem-router do I have?

The easiest way to tell what networking equipment you’ve received from TPG is to refer to the documentation that came with the modem-router, the initial email that mentions the device, or by finding the sticker beneath the modem-router that will have the model number.

Realistically, you really should only be dealing with one of five potential NBN modem-routers from TPG:

Changed your TPG password?

If you’ve changed your TPG password for security reasons, you may have to update your password in the TPG modem-router to get back online. You can change your TPG password by following this link. It will take around 10 or 15 minutes to kick in. Follow the modem-router steps above to change your TPG password in your TPG-provided modem-router.