Fixed Wireless – A 21st Century Broadband Internet Solution

In the 21st century, a home internet connection has emerged to be a conduit for work, for education, for access to health services, for financial services, and a vital communication link – all this, and on-demand streaming too. The days where you could shrug-off an outage and “just do something else” are long over. Your internet is as essential as power and water.

In short, in the 21st century, you need an internet solution that offers stability so you can rely on it, and the speed and capacity to handle the demands of modern life.

Enter Fixed Wireless Broadband, a 21st century broadband solution!

The advantages of Fixed Wireless Broadband include:

  • Ease of rollout – installation in as little as an hour; no need to dig up your driveway, or your street.
  • Blistering speeds – the sky is the limit when the sky is the conduit.
  • Cost-competitive – offering all the advantages of state-of-the-art technology without the high price tag, Fixed Wireless pricing can hold its own against Fixed Line connections of similar speeds.
  • Reliability, reliability, reliability. No cables to dig up or rot in the ground, just broadcast signal – like TV.

Acceler8ed Broadband takes the advantages of Fixed Wireless, and adds even more.

  • Unlike big, impersonal networks, Acceler8ed Broadband is built and maintained by a permanent team of Fixed Wireless experts. They have the know-how, and they have been involved in every point of deployment of the network – that makes them Acceler8ed experts.
  • The best service from a technical support team who are experienced and well trained, and selected for their skills in customer support. We believe regional people deliver a better quality of service than metro can offer, and that’s why we value our Gippsland support team so much.

Give us a call on 1300 66 55 75 and ask us if Acceler8ed Broadband is the right choice for you.

What Is DDoS? How And Why DCSI Protect Your Service

What is DDoS?

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks can take many forms, but most prevalently it is simply a large flood of data directed toward an IP address on the internet, with the intention of exceeding its connection capacity to effectively knock it offline for a period of time – or, to put it another way, an attacker sends so much traffic through your internet connection that it stops working.

With the increasing popularity of DDoS-as-a-service tools, the ease with which an unskilled person can execute such an attack has meant a rise in their occurrence.

How it impacts you

If you’re targeted by a DDoS – perhaps you’ve beaten someone in an online game, or possibly you’ve even been mistakenly targeted – the impact on you is two-fold. First, it can render your internet service unusable for the duration of the attack (typically just a few minutes, but a motivated attacker could launch an assault that lasts hours, days, or more). Secondly, once your service does recover, you may find that your plan’s data usage allowance has been exceeded because of the massive amount of data sent toward your service and therefore counted against your usage.

How we protect you

DCSI in partnership with Anycast Networks has operated custom-built, state-of-the-art DDoS protection systems for over 2 years to date. These systems respond to an attack automatically within just a few seconds of it starting, and move to route the traffic through “scrubbers” which strip out the attack traffic before it even reaches your service, while still allowing the “good” traffic to come through untouched. This means that your connection doesn’t go offline, and you don’t get a big spike of data on your usage allowance. It’s as though the attack never even happened.

This protection is always on, all the time, for all DCSI broadband customers.

 

 

The Long-Awaited Launch of IPv6 Is Here

IP addresses are the “phone numbers” of the Internet – a unique identifier used to ensure that the traffic from point A (for example, a Netflix server) can get to point B (for example, your laptop) accurately and efficiently. Historically, IP version 4 (“IPv4”) has been used successfully to run the internet, but with available addresses nearing depletion due to limitations with how many unique addresses can exist using IPv4, the time has come for a new system – IPv6.

IPv6 is crucial to the future of the internet, with IPv4 addresses scarce and expensive, today’s internet needs to run IPv6 everywhere sooner rather than later. IPv4 space is terribly finite and procuring more just isn’t feasible. While we continue to investigate and evaluate strategies to extend our IPv4 resources, IPv6 represents the immediate future of the internet.

Retrofitting IPv6 into an existing ISPs network brings a lot of challenges, it’s just not as simple as turn it on and away it goes – there are many challenges to consider: modem/router compatibility, authentication systems, assigning addresses to thousands of existing services, BNG support, the list goes on. A startup ISP can enable IPv6 without these considerations.

While our Anycast (AS58511) backbone network has been the most connected IPv6 network in Australia for many years now, it’s excellent that we can finally announce that all DCSI customers, old and new, can enable IPv6 from right now.

In less than 2 years since we acquired DCSI, we have faced some significant network challenges; including growing and upgrading the fixed wireless network, replacing the third-party billing system with our own system and new customer portal, and now finally – IPv6 for everyone.

We are not done yet though – even once we deliver IPv6 to all our DCSI customers we have many more upgrades and changes to come. We will continue the tradition of DCSI innovating for our customers on both our NBN and fixed wireless networks!

The technical stuff –

Our IPv6 deployment uses DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation to give every customer service a /56 IPv6 prefix – that’s 256 subnets of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 addresses each. To enable IPv6 on your connection, all you have to do is enable it on your modem/router, and the network will take care of the rest.

We have also elected to continue to use PPPoE for our customers – PPPoE allows some specific features that are unavailable via IPoE, such as enhancements to FTTN connections specific to Australia’s NBN.

IPv6 can be used on all DCSI broadband services: NBN, Fixed/Acceler8d Wireless, Fibre Connect and ADSL.