How we bring high speed broadband to you.

We use a mix of high-tech to bring Lightning Broadband’s economical and reliable high speed internet services to an area’s homes and businesses; including low-latency direct fibre and/or hybrid wireless + fibre broadband technology.

The following are two explanations of how our hybrid fixed wireless + fibre broadband system works. One is a basic summary and the other a more technical explanation for those who would like to know a bit more about the hardware behind the magic.

Connect with multiple devices

How our broadband works - the basics

We install a fibre link to an area identified as being part of the Australian fibre network; which may be quite some distance from your premises. This acts as the conduit for the large amounts of bandwidth we acquire from the best of Australia’s tier-1 providers.

Via a super-fast and reliable microwave link; we then direct this bandwidth to a receiver centrally located on the top of a tall structure in an area – that could be an office building, apartment complex or a shopping centre.

After being processed by various communication equipment (all this happens in the blink of an eye), we re-broadcast the signal from a transmitter on top of that building to a small receiver mounted on the rooftop of your home or business.

The receiver is mounted either on your TV antenna or a small mast we’ll provide if you don’t have a suitable mast already in place. A cable is run from this mast through your roof and down the wall to a wall plate we’ll install for connection to your compatible router (or one we supply) or direct to your PC.

You’re then ready to enjoy blisteringly fast and reliable fixed wireless broadband!

A more technical explanation of fixed wireless

The following explains how we achieve breakneck speeds and low-latency connections in Australian residential scenarios where fibre to the actual premises isn’t available, using fixed wireless technology.

We install a fibre link (single mode, single strand, multi-spectrum fibre) into an area already provisioned as being “on-net”. This acts as a peer-to-peer (P2P) link to our DC (DC-HSDPA = Dual-Carrier/Dual-Cell) and Transit providers.

For redundancy purposes, we acquire transit from the nation’s leading tier-1 providers such as Vocus, PIPE, Telstra and AAPT.

We then use 24 Ghz microwave backhaul links to beam this bandwidth to a central location within an area; such as the rooftop of the local shopping center. This backhaul link is symmetrical, low latency and capable of throughput greater than a gigabit.

The signal is captured by our receiver and terminates at a Cisco 2911 POP router, which handles routing and IP termination and assignment.

From there, the signal is transmitted through Cisco 3750’s/3560’s/2960’s access switches to the 802.11n and 802.11ac 5.8ghz radio equipment, then to an array of sector antennas atop a mast around 20 metres high for re-broadcasting.

The signal is received by a small microwave receiver mounted of the roof of the client’s premises. An outdoor rated ethernet cable is run from the mast through to an RJ45 wall plate for connection to a WLAN compatible router or directly to a PC.

Even in a situation where there’s no line of sight to a distribution tower, other users of our fixed wireless broadband service that do become relay points for those who don’t.