Sure, we have NBN / Fibre / 4G broadband now available at many locations around . But how do folks outside the coverage area deal with their own limitations to access some of the world’s fastest broadband internet services?

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Improvising direct, DIY methods to bring broadband services to more remote locations isn’t new, but they’re not easy to do as well. Sheer determination and hard work are involved, but the pay-off is worth it: It paves the way for other people in the area and helps expand the physical network of the service. It’s similar to the way Facebook is widening global access to far flung, out of coverage areas. While outer space satellite access points and higher technology may not be available to many, some are able to make it a reality by improvising and thinking of methods outside the box. Often, creating a remote access service just takes a basic knowledge of the broadband service, necessary equipment, and ingenious ways to “network” the source from an access point to the out of coverage area.

DIY networking done cleverly

These are forms of extended networking, either by utilising an improvised wireless network (wireless) or physically extending the Fibre network to the remote regions (wired). And just like the type of connection format, each has its own advantages, and level of difficulty in accomplishing a successful working connection.

The first method employs wireless network strategies, equipment, and access points to bring wireless signals that are strong and fast enough to support a broadband network to the area. It is more or less a variation of Fixed Wireless or Mobile Wireless NBN, customised for the specific area. The second, Wired NBN or Fibre, basically mimics the conversion of old copper lines to Fibre optic lines. The only difference is there are no copper line networks in the area, and the Fibre cables are directly brought to the remote area and installed, extending the reach of the network.

Companies at the moment can only offer NBN Plans / Fibre / 4G and other fast broadband services to areas that already have existing networks and equipment. But even then, there are basic conditions. Although potential subscribers can alert them and sign up to register interest, their eventual connection will be determined on two main factors: the number of people who need access (market), and existing network, equipment, Fibre lines, and access points. Companies can only process a separate area for connection if there are enough interested subscribers, and any available facilities that can be connected or installed.

For Fixed Wireless connections, it means installing a new receiver base station or similar stations that will service a particular remote area. This will depend on the nearest access point. A receiving station will be installed to a particular area, and a wireless receiver antenna to be installed on each of the premises. Another variation is for Mobile Wireless, which involves a number of stations in a particular area that will create a network. The access will not be fixed at the premises, but through mobile (roving or location-changing) devices instead, much like a Wi-Fi hotspot.

To achieve a Fixed or Mobile wireless broadband network, similar models may be created for those who want to do it themselves, as long as there is an available access point for Fixed Wireless near the designated area. The receiving base station and wireless receiver for each house can be improvised. For the Mobile wireless version, it will use different network points that will create the wireless 4G / LTE field, using suitable wireless transmitter and receiver devices that can receive and send signals, distributing them in the signal field where Mobile access can only be used.

For the wired version, often this involves extending Fibre optic lines to the remote location. This will involve a lot of physical work, such as setting up provisions for the cables and actual digging, from a main network or access point somewhere, if at all possible. The geographical locations will actually be the main issues here, followed by where the cables will go, and how they can be networked to service that particular area or region. It can be time consuming if copper lines are still in place and need to be converted to Fibre, in which case, the replacement of these lines depend on when the roll out will be carried out. But it can also be possible to get them installed directly.