Not all internet speeds are created equal, which can make choosing an NBN plan all the more confusing.

Depending on what time you’re online and which provider you choose, your internet speed may not be as fast as you initially thought.

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So, what speeds can you expect from your NBN plan?

How much can it change on a given day?

And what can you do to make sure you get the most out of your internet package?

Keep reading for answers to all these questions and more.

What are the evening NBN speeds?

The internet works very similarly to traffic on a road. It can slow down during peak hours and speed up during off-peak hours.

More often than not, NBN connections tend to slow down in the evening when everyone in your area is online.

However, contrary to the name, evening speeds may apply whenever a large number of people are using their NBN connection at the same time, but providers will typically measure their evening speeds between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Simply put, the typical evening speed of an NBN plan is an indication of how fast your connection is at the times when you use it the most.

See the table below for evening speeds for each NBN speed level:

How to get consistent internet speeds?

There are a few things you can do to make sure your internet speed remains stable.

First of all …

Run internet speed tests at different times of the day to make sure your connection is not experiencing any issues.

If its performance is poor most of the time, it’s time to call your provider.

Second…

When choosing an NBN provider or package, you should definitely consider evening speed.

If it’s too low for what you know you’ll be doing with it, it may be best to aim for the speed level above just to be on the safe side.

To help simplify choosing a fast NBN plan and provider, here is a comprehensive list of NBN providers and their advertised performance during peak Internet times.

You can compare them below and click to find the best deal. These are NBN 100 blueprints, but you can change gear levels using the drop-down menu.

And here are the fastest NBN 50 plans with unlimited data, sorted by evening speed:

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Christie Graham is a digital content writer at WhistleAustralia’s mobile and internet comparison site.