To know how fast and how reliable your TPG NBN connection is, the best way to find out is to perform a quick and easy speed test yourself. It only takes a few seconds to run a TPG speed test, and once done you’ll know exactly what your TPG NBN connection is capable of. You’ll also know whether the speed tier plan you’ve picked is right for you or not.
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TPG Internet Speed Test
How to Run a TPG Speed Test
New internet speed test platforms are getting added every time so users can pick from so many options, but by far the most popular speed test service provider is the one with the name that says it all – Speedtest! Getting started is easy and you’ll find it right above on this page. Before you start your TPG internet speed test, you need to remember a couple of things.
Once you’ve started running a speed test, you’ll surely want the results to be as accurate as possible. There are simple ways to ensure that happens. First, you need to be testing your broadband connection’s speeds from a computer web browser. Mobile devices or even tablets won’t just suffice.
It’ll also help you get a precise speed reading if your computer is connected to your modem using an Ethernet cable (mostly included when purchasing a modem). Lastly, stop any major online activities on your internet network prior to doing the test, such as downloads and uploads, as well as using streaming services. Here’s how you run a speed test:
- Click the big round GO button above
- Wait for the progress bar to move all the way to the left, then back to the right
- Make a note of the results for the download speed and the upload speed
- If the results seem low, click on the server name to change it, then click “AGAIN”
The name that you see below the button is the test server that the internet speed test links to, or will connect with, to check how fast it can send data back and forth. The closest one to you is selected automatically – though you can click on the name to change to other nearby servers if you want to double-check the details and results of your speed tests.
Why it’s important to run an internet speed test
Before the NBN, broadband customers didn’t really have any control over their actual connection speeds. The speed and quality of customers’ internet service depended on the distance between them and the phone exchange, as well as the condition of the ancient copper wires that transported your data there. During those days, downloading something big meant leaving it overnight or getting it started before going to work because that’s how long it took to finish.
That’s almost a thing of the past now as the NBN nears its completion. Customers today are also all about efficiency and maximising their time. Even a supposedly relaxing downtime watching sports or a TV series becomes exhausting when the internet speeds don’t fully deliver.
How else to achieve those than by choosing a good telco provider that offers top-speed broadband plans. That’s why running an internet speed test is crucial. When you sign up to one of TPG’s broadband plans, you can easily use their own TPG NBN Speed Test.
By confirming your internet connection’s speed via a speed test, you’re also confirming the quality of your service provider. For some customers who have done everything to try to improve their speeds to no avail, the final remedy was to get a new internet provider.
How to Interpret the Results of Internet Speed Tests
The test runs in real time as soon as you click GO and shows you the results of your TPG internet speed test, including your internet connection’s download and upload speeds. Upon the speed test completion, you’ll see four important results – Download, Upload, Ping, and Jitter – with the first two results being measured in Mbps (megabits per second).
Mbps is the same speed measurement that’s used by TPG NBN and any other telco provider to tell you the speed of the broadband plan you’re on, which, of course, is an important piece of information when choosing an internet service. For a NBN 50 connection, you can usually expect to see a best result of around 46 Mbps – though many providers can deliver download speeds at their maximum.
- The download speed should be as close to the maximum of the NBN broadband plan as possible, better if the maximum speeds are reached.
- The higher the number, the faster you can download everything from images to videos to games. You’ll also be able to stream sports or your favourite shows with ease even with multiple users doing the same in your network.
- Since we generally do more downloading than uploading, the upload speeds are lower by design.
- But if you like sharing videos to YouTube, saving your photos and files with a cloud service, making lots of Skype and Zoom calls or even streaming video games, you’ll need decent upload speeds.
- If you’re thinking of doing tasks that involve uploading, we’d recommend you pick a TPG NBN plan that has 20 Mbps or higher upload speed. That means it’s best to go for NBN 50 or above. Recently, NBN 100 has become more popular because many telco providers run offers that make the Premium Speed plans more affordable than before.
- If you use a lot of Wi-Fi devices at home, keep in mind that speeds to them will depend on several factors – how far away from the modem they are, how fast their maximum Wi-Fi speed is, and how much congestion (other peoples’ Wi-Fi signals) there is in a particular location.
- You should always test connect to your network using an Ethernet cable to get an accurate result.
How to get the most out of TPG NBN Speed Test
Avoid peak evening hours
We all know how speeds can vary and depend on some factors like the number of users sharing a network and the things they’re doing while connected to the internet. For broadband connections, you should avoid the dreaded peak evening hours (7-11 pm) when running your speed test since both your Wi-Fi connection and internet provider could be slower due to congestion.
Make sure no other devices are connected
When performing a speed test, you need to be the only one using broadband in your home or office when you do the speed test. Internet usage can affect the accuracy of your speed results, and that includes software updates.
Connect to the internet with an ethernet cable
If you’re using a computer or laptop, connecting to the internet with an ethernet cable will most likely get you accurate and steady speed test results. If you’re using Wi-Fi, you need to be as close to your Wi-Fi as possible. Otherwise, speeds drop quickly as you get further away.
What Speed is TPG ADSL?
Though it’s just about been retired as the NBN nears completion, ADSL is still used by many people, and ADSL can serve you well if you’re lucky enough to live near the phone exchange you connect to. With ADSL, the longer the distance between you and the exchange, the slower the top speed. ADSL2 can get as fast as 24 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up – but that’s in ideal conditions. You’re far more likely to see speeds between 5-10 Mbps.
What is Home Wireless Broadband?
Home Wireless Broadband is a no-fuss alternative to NBN if you’re looking for a simple and affordable means of broadband access. When you sign up, you can easily connect to the internet with no installation required. It is powered by the 4G and the 5G network and is comparable to cable broadband, though TPG’s home wireless broadband is currently only powered by 4G and is equipped with unlimited data, an included WiFi modem, and speeds of up to 20Mbps. It’s also common for other providers to offer a Home Wireless Broadband plan with limitless data.
What Speed is TPG 4G?
As mentioned, you can secure a broadband connection with just a wireless broadband modem. TPG is one of the providers in Australia that offers such service, which is powered by the 4G network, along with unlimited data that can give you a way of accessing very fast broadband at home, using the 4G network.
Unlike fixed home broadband, there’s no set speed tiers with 4G – it depends on how close you are to the nearest cells, how busy they are, and how fast your TPG modem can go – though it’s possible to get speeds of up to 300 Mbps on 4G under ideal conditions, and double that (or more) with 5G – and with fast uploads as well. For simple, everyday browsing needs, connecting to the internet via a wireless broadband modem is more than good enough for many customers, especially because there’s uncapped data.
How Fast is TPG NBN Speed?
TPG is still one of the telco providers in Australia that offers all speed tiers starting with NBN 12. So you’ve got a choice of six NBN speeds with TPG, with each of the speed tier offering unlimited data.
The entry-level unlimited speed tier plan runs at NBN 12, with 12Mbps typical download speeds – enough for light internet connection usage and HD streaming, but only just. Next is NBN 25 with typical evening speeds of 25Mbps. The other two unlimited-data plans run at NBN 50 and NBN 100, with typical download speeds in the evening of 50 and 90Mbps, respectively.
The NBN 100 speed, however, isn’t available to everyone – you’ll need an NBN connection that can go that fast. When signing up for a broadband plan, it’ll be initially determined what internet speeds you can have based on your NBN connection.
This way, you don’t pay for speed you can’t have. Your speed tests should show speeds closely matching these numbers – if not, check to make sure that your connection wasn’t being used by other devices while you were running the speed test.
TPG also offers Australia’s latest speed tiers: Superfast (NBN250) with typical download speeds of 200Mbps and Ultrafast (NBN1000) with up to 250Mbps download speed – though these speed upgrades are only available on FTTP and select HFC connections only.
You can bring your own modem when signing up for an internet plan with this provider. If not, TPG offers a high-speed WiFi modem for $99.95, including set up costs.
Below are the different NBN speeds that the provider offers:
|NBN12||The NBN 12 speed plan is ideal for single household use, streaming to internet browsing on devices like tablets. HD streaming is possible but not guaranteed.|
|NBN 25||The Standard Evening Speed is ideal for smaller households with basic internet requirements, such as internet browsing, moderate online streaming in SD, and online gaming. Average speeds (7-11pm) for NBN 25 are 25 Mbps download and 4 Mbps upload.|
|NBN 50||The Standard Plus Evening Speed is for busier households as it can accommodate more browsing, video streaming in HD on 2 devices at once, and responsive gaming. Typical speeds (7-11pm) are 50 Mbps download and 17 Mbps upload.|
|NBN 100||Prior to the arrival of the latest speed add-ons (Superfast and Ultrafast), NBN 100 was the fastest speed tier in Australia. Typical speeds (7-11pm) are 100 Mbps download and also 17 Mbps upload. It’s fit for big households and can even accommodate 4K streaming.|
|NBN 250||Only available to FTTP and most HFC customers, the Superfast NBN has typical download speeds of 250 Mbps, which means it’s great for larger households who need to use the internet to browse, video-call, play online games, stream in HD and Ultra HD, download, and upload files, all at the same time.|
|NBN 1000||Aptly called the Ultrafast, it’s currently the fastest speed tier offered in Australia. While this speed plan might be too much for those who have no need for something this lightning fast, the advent of streaming, gaming, and the arrival of 8K technology, however, make the NBN 1000 add-on plan an appealing option for many. TPG is one of the providers in Australia that offers the Ultrafast plan, alongside Telstra, iiNet, Aussie Broadband, and MyRepublic.|
How Can You Increase TPG NBN Speed?
Securing fast internet speeds is now possible by simply picking a top-speed broadband plan. Several providers in the country offer really fast internet plans nowadays, and TPG is one of them.
Great speeds typically start with the NBN 50 speed tier and TPG offers this plan for only $69 per month. Upgrading to NBN 100 (90 Mbps) is an additional $20, which is cheaper compared to other broadband providers in Australia.
Moreover, NBN 250 (200 Mbps) costs $124.99 per month, while NBN 1000 (250 Mbps) is $144.99 per month. Once you’re on one of TPG’s broadband plans, you can use the TPG NBN Speed Test to run a speed reading on your broadband connection.
What about Wi-Fi booster devices?
When you live in a big house, it can be tough to get coverage in every room. With advancements in technology where the internet is involved, there’s surely something a user can acquire to solve the issue. And adding a smart booster with WiFi mesh is one of the things you can do to extend the range of your WiFi network and improve your internet speeds. Mesh network extenders can be purchased as add-ons, or as integrated modem/extender sets offered by companies like Google and Asus. You can expect your TPG internet speeds to improve using these devices.
How long does TPG NBN speed change take to kick in?
When you get another internet service plan that has faster speeds, the NBN will process and apply the change as soon as possible. The process can be quick or take some time, depending on the NBN broadband connection type. If the speed change doesn’t happen when it’s supposed to, you can try restarting your Wi-Fi modem and see if that improves your internet speeds. If your connection continues to experience speed issues, you may consider to contact TPG’s customer support team directly so they can guide you regarding your concerns.
TPG broadband price
TPG is a well-known name in the ever-growing broadband landscape in the country. They’ve even just been named as Australia’s Number 1 Provider for Outstanding NBN™ Value by Canstar Blue in 2021. Their unlimited data broadband plans start from just around $60, amongst the cheapest broadband in Australia, and then go all the way to their fastest NBN1000 internet plan priced at around $145 per month. You can find yourself a good deal with any of their plans, depending on existing promotions.
It’s all flexible arrangement as well – there’s no lock-in contract and customers can bring their own modem with the set-up costs waived. The provider also offers plenty of broadband deals so customers can always sign up while saving at the same time.
Best broadband plans
While top-speed plans are generally expensive, many providers are offering them at discounted prices. Telstra and iPrimus are some of the ISPs in the country that give frequent internet deals, helping customers save a great deal. For those who have the NBN connection that’s capable of getting the fastest speed tiers, check out our comparison table to search and compare some of the top-speed broadband deals in Australia.
Last audited 16th of September 2021