Browser extension helps Australian house hunters check NBN availability
Have you ever found yourself looking at a listing of properties online and wondering if the place has NBN access?
Maybe you work from home and don’t want your voice to become a garbled mess in the middle of an important Zoom meeting if you move in.
Well, there is a browser extension for that.
The NBN Availability Check automatically adds key information about a property’s internet connection to the online listing you view.
It is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and works with listings on Domain, Realestate.com.au and other sites, displaying information such as the property’s typical internet speed and the type of NBN connection it has ( i.e. fiber to curb or fiber to node).
NBN Availability Check was created by 18-year-old Luke Prior, who moved from Newcastle to Sydney to start studying computer science at university.
“Everyone has their Zoom meetings and their school online,” he said. The new daily.
“It has become even more important. If you have a bad internet connection at home, you really need to know what it looks like.
“So that was my main motivation.”
In the past, house hunters had to manually enter a property’s address on the NBN website to find this information.
“It really is a big hullabaloo,” Mr. Prior said.
Its browser extension does the job automatically.
Internet speed is becoming increasingly important to Australian house hunters.
Buyer’s Agent and Host of the Buy your side podcast Michelle May says that people these days aren’t just buying a house — they’re often also buying a workplace or study space.
Access to NBN is a key factor in these decisions.
“It affects your value, because if you can’t work from home, you have to seriously think about it,” Ms May said. DT.
“So having this browser extension where people see it up front, that’s definitely going to influence whether people are going to go for it, and it’s going to influence the price they pay for it.”
This is the kind of response the tool received just days after its release.
When Mr Prior shared his new tool on Australia’s leading subreddit, thousands of people voted for it.
“It was a mix of people complaining about their own internet,” he said.
“And the other half were saying how helpful it was because they always had to go manually check everything.”