Are you ready for Sky MusterTM ?
Once you have ordered your Sky Muster service (with your provider) the below steps will walk you through how to prepare for your installation. You can check out the nbn Guide on How to prepare for your Sky Muster Installation here.
The BIRRR article below will also help you cover the bases, including:
- Satellite Dish installation
- NTD installation (nbn connection box)
- Rethinking your Home Network
- Router installation (incl what to do with existing routers, upgrading routers)
- Adding a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to Sky Muster
- Distance Education using a second ‘educational’ NTD port
Q: Who will co-ordinate this part of install? A: nbn, via your chosen ISP (provider)
Most Sky Muster dishes are more compact than earlier satellite installations and more like a large Foxtel dish. Customers don’t have much control over dish installation – nbn will allocate (at the time of order) which dish your premises will get, determined for your location – although you can suggest to installer WHERE generally on the roof might suit your office setup most.
There are three sizes of dish; 80cm, 120cm and 180cm; and two transmitters’ (TRIA’s); a 3W and a 6W. That makes six possible combinations. Well over 90% of premises will get the 80cm/3W combination.
The three dishes have different mounting capabilities. The 80cm can go on a wall, on a tin roof or on the gutter of a tile roof. The 120cm can go on a wall or on a tin roof. The 180cm is a pretty special size that won’t be used much, but it’s a non-penetrating ground mount.
NTD (nbn connection box) INSTALLATION
Who will co-ordinate this part of install? A: nbn, via your chosen ISP (provider)
This schematic of a typical Sky MusterTM installation shows the NTD and a WIFI router. The installer is responsible for installing the dish on your roof and the nbn (NTD) box in your house. They are NOT responsible for connecting your router and home network.
RETHINKING YOUR HOME NETWORK
Q: Who you will deal with? A: your chosen ISP (provider) and nbn installer
The Sky MusterTM installation may be an opportunity to rethink how your existing home network is configured and where the key equipments are located.
- Is your current modem in the best location?
- Is it handy to your WIFi router?
- Where is your printer?
- Is the WIFI router in the best location to provide coverage throughout your home?
BASIC FACTS to keep in mind:
– The provisional maximum cable distance from the Sky MusterTM satellite dish to the Network Termination Device (NTD) is 50m.
– The nbn™ standard practice is to wall mount the Sky MusterTM NTD to keep it out of the way of damage, tripping hazard etc.
– The NTD must be adjacent to a power socket.
– A special blue coloured, single coaxial cable from the dish will terminate at a wall plate.
– The Sky MusterTM NTD consumes around 40W continuous and is quite warm/ hot to the touch.
NB More details are available in the nbn™ Sky Muster User Guide
Q: Who you will deal with? A: Your ISP (provider) and if necessary your IT expert
See the BIRRR document on Sky Muster Routers
*Before making changes to your home network, always talk to your provider and follow their advice.
ADDING A VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP) SERVICE TO SKY MUSTERTM
Q: Who you will deal with? A: Your ISP (provider)
See the BIRRR document on Voice Services over Sky Muster.
You should keep your existing landline as this service will continue to be maintained for Sky Muster customers as part of the Universal Service Obligation. You may find that keeping the landline for incoming calls only and using VoIP for outgoing calls may be a useful cost benefit compromise. Two phone services for less than the price of one.
SKY MUSTER ‘EDUCATIONAL’ NTD PORT.
Who you will deal with? A: The Education Port on Sky Muster differs in each state, depending on your department of education policies.
A specific ‘education’ port is available for students who are home schooled or enrolled in an approved school of distance education. Availability differs in each state. BIRRR advises you to check with your state’s Department of Education regarding your eligibility.
Additional routers and equipment may be necessary to access the education port.
Your RSP may assist with the initial service installation, router provisioning and equipment configuration. You will need a student ID to access the port.
Further information is available in the BIRRR Document What is an Educational Port.
*Please note, while all care has been taken in compiling BIRRR documents, we recommend that you check with your service provider, regarding your Sky Muster connection and equipment needed. Updated 29/8/18