The nbn™ is giving Australia’s Internet a face lift, replacing its old copper infrastructure with fibre-based technology. Improving delivery and speeds and providing better voice and quality of service. It is the opportunity to give every business the capability to reach higher goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Settings for accessing your Commander Email Accounts
Your DNS settings should be automatically provided to your router when you connect; however if you need the settings directly, the following can be used depending on the username you have.
If you are delegating your domain to us, please use the following details:
Internet usage is the amount of data which is transferred between your computer or other device (e.g. smart phone, tablet) and the Internet over a certain amount of time. This amount of data is measured in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes.
Data can be transferred in two ways;
1. From the Internet to your computer or device (download - e.g. watching a video online);
2. From your device or computer to the Internet (upload - e.g. uploading pictures to a social media site).
However, you use the Internet on your computer or device, all activities that use the Internet contribute to your overall usage which includes Uploads and Downloads.
A gigabyte (GB) is measurement unit for computer data that is technically about 1,048,576 Kilobytes (KB) and around 1024MB... but in the real world, this equates to approximately:
- 1.5 hours of Video Conferencing
- Around 200 music tracks (5MB each); or
- Approximately 1000 images or photos (1MB each);
- 1.4 standard definition movies (700MB per movie)
- 2 hours of streaming TV (500MB an hour)
A download means that data is transferred from the Internet to your computer or device.
Examples of downloads:
1. Email: Opening emails involves opening files received such as PDFs, word documents, photos and other attachments as well as written messages within the body of the emails themselves.
2. Navigating the Web: Every site visited sends data to your computer so that it can display the information correctly.
3. Web-TV (i.e. Netflix, Stan, YouTube...) and Web-Radio (i.e. Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio…): These online media types send a stream of data every second and so they use much more bandwidth than just surfing the web.
4. Chatting: This activity involves messages received in an online conversation. Video conference chatting uses more bandwidth than typed messages.
Note Downloading songs, movies, software or images also uses bandwidth.
An upload means data is transferred from your computer or device to the Internet.
Examples of uploads
1. Chatting: Each video conference or message sent in an online conversation is an upload. Video chatting involves larger amounts of data transfer than text chatting.
2. Email: Any message or attachment (photos or Word, Excel or PowerPoint files) sent in an email is an upload. The larger the file attachment, the larger the upload.
3. Music exchange sites (Peer-to-Peer): Some sites used for downloading files, songs and videos (such as iMesh, FrostWire, BitTorrent, Vuze, eMule, and etc.) are based on file exchanges which involves other users accessing your library to download songs from it and this can count towards internet usage as an upload.
Note Most people tend to download more than they upload.
Below are some general estimates of common amounts of data used for usual internet activity. The guidelines below are only approximate so please be aware that actual usage could be far greater (e.g. if you utilise High Definition Video Conferencing or download High Definition movies or images instead of standard definition versions or if you receive or send a large amount of emails with large attachments).
|Activity Type||Measurement of Estimated / Approximate Data Used|
|Internet browsing/surfing||5MB per hour|
|Emails||500KB per email (estimate includes attachments & spam)|
|Video Conferencing||600MB per hour|
|Films||2GB per film (avi, mpeg, divx)|
|Game/Movie Trailers||100MB each|
|Music tracks||5MB per song (4-5min duration)|
|Online gaming||15MB per hour|
|Online radio||Average stream at 128Kbps|
|Photos/Documents||850KB per image|
|Videos||2MB per minute|
The above is to be used as a guide only, although upgrade to our unlimited plans to have peace of mind. (Acceptable Use policy applies)
The most common culprits for data disappearing are;
- Videoconferencing: Communicating with other offices and/or your customers for extended periods of time via a Video Conferencing application.
- Streaming: Video or audio content on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Stan etc.
- Online gaming: such as XBOX LIVE, Steam and PlayStation Network
- Automatic updates: e.g. Adobe, Windows, Explorer, etc.
- Exchanging files via iTunes, Dropbox, OneDrive, BitTorrent etc
Commander sends automatic SMS or email usage alerts on its compatible plans to help you keep track of your excess usages charges. The alerts will be sent at 50%, 85% and 100% of your included data.
More information is available here: About Commander Usage Alerts
Commander Fixed Phone and Data services are delivered over own network or where our network is not available, using wholesale services supplied to us by Telstra.
Commander fibre services are delivered over own network or where our network is not available using the NBN Co Ltd fibre network, Opticomm and Redtrain.
Commander IP Voice services are delivered over own network.
Commander 4G Backup services are delivered using the Optus 4G and 3G/HSDPA GSM networks, subject to network availability.
It’s simple. Our nbn guarantee to you, ensures no penalties when you switch your existing Commander plan to an nbn plan, nbn-ready devices and a seamless transition to a Commander nbn plan. When the nbn arrives in your area, we’ll upgrade your Commander Office Phone or Internet plan and manage it for you so you can focus on what’s important to you. Your Business!
Email Phishing Scams are designed to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, or other private information. These emails can look genuine appearing to be from Commander or some institution; however they are fake and usually copy the company's logo and message format. These phishing emails may also contain links to fake websites which may be like the institutions real website.
Any emails from Commander with our customers will be purely to notify you of account changes or to provide you with new information about products and services. Unless you have submitted and email enquiry to Commander Customer Service or Technical Support, we will never require you to enter sensitive and personal information such as your username or password in regard to your Commander account.
Below are some guidelines that will help you to determine whether an email you received is a phishing email:
The email is sent from a fake email address and not using the company's domain (eg. [email protected])
The email does not address you by your proper name.
The email might contain typing errors and grammatical mistakes.
The email might claim that your details are needed for a security and maintenance upgrade, to 'verify' your account or to protect you from a fraud threat.
The email might even state that you are due to receive a refund for a bill or other fee that it claims you have been charged.
You can take the following steps below to ensure that you are less susceptible to phishing attacks and thereby protect your personal data online:
Do not reply to any email asking to verify your personal data. You will find that legitimate companies, vendors and merchants do not send such requests via email unless you have submitted an email enquiry to them.
Contact the company right away to ask for clarification of such emails.
Never divulge information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, to anyone making contact with you unless the email is genuine.
Only give such information when you initiate an email enquiry or service call, and only do so with trusted sources.
Use anti-virus software and/or firewalls on every computer you own/use to ensure it is secure and free from viruses and spyware.
Stay up to date with current scams and always report suspicious activity.
If you suspect that an email you have received pertaining to be from Commander is a phishing email, and it meets the above criteria, please delete it from your computer immediately and do not open any files attached to the message.
For more information about Phishing attacks please visit:
Fire Indicator Panels (FIP) and Lift Phones can be connected to the NBN, but YOU must ensure that in-building phone cabling used is compliant with Australian Standards.
The nbn™ network will soon replace most existing fixed phone and Internet networks – this switch will affect the operation of important services such as your monitored fire alarm and lift emergency phone.
Registering your monitored fire alarm or lift emergency phone service with the correct Full National Number (known as an FNN) helps identify premises that might be eligible for a deferred disconnection (to 1 July 2017). You can find your monitored fire alarm and/or lift emergency phone’s numbers either on your bill or from your current telecommunications service provider.
Registration on the Fire and Lift Register will only provide a temporary deferral of the disconnection date, if eligible and you should ensure you talk to your monitored fire alarm and/or lift emergency phone service provider and organise for the monitored fire alarm and lift emergency phone services to be migrated to a working solution well before the respective disconnection dates.
It is important to note that registration should not replace the need for regular testing,
For more information on how to migrate monitored fire alarm and lift phone services, see the Migration of monitored fire alarm and lift phone services Good Practice Guide
Prior to connecting a lift phone or fire indicator panel to the NBN, the building manager should arrange a registered cabler to ensure the in-building wiring between your lift phone or fire indicator panel and phone service complies with industry standards, including ITU K.21 11/2011, AS/CA S008, AS/CA S009 and AS/NZS 3000.
If you are advised by a registered cabler that the wiring is non-compliant, YOU must ensure compliance prior to connection. Where surge protection is required the registered cabler should install the surge protection device in accordance with AS/CA S009:2013 section 10, as close as possible to the NBN connection box.
Failure to comply with either of these steps could allow electrical interference or
Need further information call NBN Co on 1800 687 626
Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
During a power outage, battery backup will provide a steady 12v power supply to your NBN connection box. Battery backup will last for approximately five hours (including the battery emergency reserve).
It is always good to have another way of calling someone during a power outage such as a charged mobile phone. To ensure that your phone (or data) services continue to operate during a power outage please note:
Only standard corded phones (that don’t need to be plugged into a power point) will work during a power outage, and only if your phone service is also provided over the NBN connection box’s voice (UNI-V) port. All other devices require their own battery backup to operate during a power outage.
If your phone plugs into a separate router/gateway from your phone or internet service provider, you won’t be able to make calls unless that router/gateway also has its own battery backup.
Examples of devices that require their own battery backup include wireless routers, all mains powered phones, computers or modem/routers.
Uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems help power devices during a power outage and are readily available through technology retailers.
If you have a Power Supply with Battery Backup, your NBN connection box will continue to be powered for approximately five hours during a power outage. When approximately 40% of the battery charge is remaining (after about 3 to 3.5 hours), the power supply will automatically turn off to preserve the remaining charge for emergency use. If you need to use the remaining charge press the emergency reserve button and within a few minutes your services will operate for the remaining 1.5 to 2 hours. Please note extremely cold conditions (less than -1 degrees Celsius) may cause the battery to run out more quickly.
Some quick links to helpful information:
Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
Fibre to the Building (FTTB)
Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
A Network Connection Device (NCD) will need to be installed, end user self-installation at no charge or nbn Professional at a charge – See Schedule of fee and charges. Also, your internal existing telephone wall socket and power outlet are used.
Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)
A nbn connection Box, with optional splitter (dependent if you have cable Internet or Pay TV) will be installed inside your premises.
Your existing cable wall socket and power outlet are used. Also, a Utility Box is installed outside.
An outdoor antenna is installed on the roof of your premises and a Network Termination Device internally.
Also, your existing internal telephone wall socket and power outlet are used.