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5 Tips for mastering your home network setup

A few years ago, the only source of entertainment in most Australian homes was watching free-to-air TV channels, listening to the radio, or perhaps watching some random movie or music video on tape. Thanks to advancements in technology, homeowners can now create a...

7 Life hack apps that will transform the way you live

You know how sometimes you have something on your to-do list but you don't really feel like doing it? Like grocery shopping. You know you have to do this every week if you want to eat healthily. Yet, sometimes you opt to relax instead of fighting the hustle and bustle...

Ever wondered what blocks wifi signal?

How much time do you spend online each day? If you’re like most Aussies, it’s a lot. In fact, statistics show that over the past 12 months, internet use down-under totaled over 21.9 billion hours! With 88 percent of the population actively using the internet and a...

what you need to know about your switch to nbn™

Unless you’ve been out of the country for some time, chances are you’ve heard about the nbn™. If you’re an Aussie reading this blog then it is highly likely you are affected by the nbn™ infrastructure project – because it’s a nationwide initiative to improve internet...

Why you should compare VPN software before diving in

VPN is one of those acronyms we hear, nod and, pretend to know what it means. In truth, many people do not understand why VPN's are useful, but it is an easy lesson to learn. What exactly is VPN software? VPN stands for virtual private network. In the current...

What is a network booster and are they worth it?

If you're one of the 88 percent of Aussies who use the Internet regularly you're spending an average of five hours and 34 minutes every day online. Which means you need good Internet service in your home, regardless of how close or far you are to your router. But...

What to look for in a flexible mobile plan

Gone are the days of lengthy 2-to-4 year mobile phone contracts. With an increase in competition and choice in the telco industry, mobile phone contracts are now more flexible than ever. Outdoing the old deals Two-year deals have been the most popular contract for...

What is portable wifi and should you get it?

We are all spoiled with having the internet in our lives, every day. The moment it fails to connect is the moment we need it the most. With a portable wifi router, an affordable internet connection is in the palm of our hands whenever you need it. What is portable...

Should you get a wifi signal booster?

Does your wifi signal tend to drop the moment you go upstairs? Would you love to sit in on the back patio and receive a strong signal? In both cases, a WiFi signal booster may be the answer.  What is a wifi signal booster? Not everyone knows what a wifi booster is or...

4 Benefits of a no contract mobile phone plan

According to an Australian government survey, nearly one-third of the adult residents in our country own a mobile phone but have no fixed landline at home. If you stop to take a moment to think about that number, that’s a whole lot of contracts and restrictions!...

3 Benefits of shared internet (plus a big mistake to avoid)

Does your family have internet access at home? According to Australian government statistics, 97% of households with children under the age of fifteen were connected in 2017. That’s a whole lot of streaming shows, playing video games, and browsing for homework help!...

iPhone or Android? The great debate

If you’re buying your first smartphone, you have a big decision to make: iPhone or Android? They both have loyal followers and passionate haters, and both have definite strengths and weaknesses. Here’s our take on the pros and cons of each. iPhone: Pros Apple is...

8 Tips to speed up your streaming experience

It’s one of the most important questions of our modern age, one that is vitally important to billions of the Earth’s inhabitants: how do you speed up streaming of videos and music from online services like Netflix, Stan, and similar sites? There’s nothing more...

6 Tips on how to improve your mobile phone reception

We all love our smartphones: they bring untold convenience to our lives every day. But isn’t it frustrating when your mobile phone suddenly stops working due to low mobile reception? One minute you’re hearing your friend or business associate clearly, and the next...

13 Things to do at home during an internet downtime

No one enjoys an unplanned internet downtime... The truth is, internet downtime is a giant hassle no matter what time it occurs, day or night, at work or at the coffee shop, when you’re on a deadline or just hoping to stream some Westworld after a long day. Today,...

6 Ways to transform your house into a smart home

Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that you may find it dizzying to keep up! The future is here, and with it comes smart homes. Smart homes utilise the latest technologies to optimize your living space. They accomplish this optimisation via the use of WiFi...

What is the best internet for renters?

When it comes to picking an Internet plan, you always want to make the best decision based on your circumstances. While locking in a low price for several years may sound good if you own your home, it is not something that is ideal if you are still renting. If you are...

7 Tips to prepare an nbn™ ready home

Australia is getting an upgrade and your home is ready, now what? The National Broadband Network (nbn™) project is designed to provide high-speed Internet and phone service to the entire population of Australia. Nbn™ ready homes have all the kinks worked out, so the...

7 Ways to check data usage for your internet plan

We Australians love our online access and statistics from the government prove it. In 2017, there were over 14.2 million internet subscribers. And, in just the last quarter alone, we used over 3.6 million terabytes of data. That’s a lot of funny cat videos and Netflix...

5 Tips on how to manage passwords online and keep them safe

The internet provides us with entertainment and convenience, but it can be scary to share your personal information online. Hacking and identity theft are real fears for internet users. In fact, it has been shown that hacked passwords account for over 80% of data...

How does the nbn™ work?

The National Broadband Network (nbn™) has been called the digital future of Australia, but what is it and how does it work? There are over 20 million Internet users in this country - that’s almost 86 percent of the population, so critical changes in how things are...

The top 7 Netflix movies to watch on a cold winter’s day

It’s raining outside, howling wind shutters against your door, and all you want to do is cosy up on the couch with a gripping story. What do you watch? If you’re a Netflix subscriber your options are (almost) endless! From binge-worthy original series to drama-packed...

11 Insider tips on how to improve your wifi signal

Having trouble with your WiFi signal again? With over 88% of the Australian population using the internet and a global speed ranking of 55, connectivity is bound to have some issues. But as internet signals drop out for no apparent reason, getting frustrated can seem...

9 Creative home renovation tips for a family with a tight budget

Home renovation is a popular hobby for homeowners. Remodeling can help increase the value of a home while also providing a newer, more pleasant aesthetic to an aging home. This makes it more appealing to continue living in an older home. In an attempt to save money,...

Essential reading about nbn™ security systems

As you may already be aware the nbn™ rollout includes installation of new technologies across the nation. Unfortunately, for some older home security systems, this creates incompatibility. If you have a security or alarm system installed in your home, here are some...

6 Tips for beating computer eye strain

Nine out of ten of Australia’s working population have access to the internet. Unless you’re that lucky one, you spend most of your day with your eyes glued to a computer screen. If you’re not reading and replying to emails, you’re probably watching “job-related”...

7 Tips to prevent identity theft online

Identity theft remains a huge problem despite efforts of government organisations to crack down. There are tens of thousands of cases of identity theft in Australia alone. And some other parts of the world such as the U.S. see more than 15 million per year. As an avid...

How to optimise video streaming performance at home

There's nothing worse than getting to a critical scene in a TV show or movie you're streaming only to have the moment ruined by buffering. If this happens often, there are a few tricks and tips you can try to improve the performance of your favourite streaming...

What is the best nbn™ modem on the market?

Aussies have a growing appetite for internet consumption… In fact, the average Australian spends over 24 hours a week on the internet. And as of December 2017, there were 14.2 million internet subscribers in Australia. The demand for internet is still on the rise due...

11 must-know tax deductions for renters

We’ve all heard about the tax benefits of owning property, but what about the massive population of renters? A lot of our MATE’s are renting, which is why they love our no-contract internet plans! To help you out, here are 11 tax deductions that renters can take...

5 things you didn’t know about being our mate

Are you one of the thousands of Australians weighing up your nbn™ provider options? We get it, the rollout of the nbn™ has made picking an internet provider complicated. There are new services popping up that you’ve never heard of before, and all you really care about...

How to set up a home theatre in 5 steps

Have you always dreamed of having the ultimate home theatre to impress your friends and family? Apart from the expense, the thing holding many of us back is the overwhelming task of getting the theatre set up! The good news is that it’s not as hard as you think. Here...

The 7 different nbn™ connection types

Do you find the nbn™ rollout confusing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There is a lot of new terms and technology to come to grips with. One area in particular that a lot of people don’t understand is the nbn™ connection types. What are they are how does it affect...

The 10 best Stan shows available to stream

Streaming has quickly become the preferred medium for watching TV shows. It's convenient, inexpensive and most importantly on demand. More traditional pay-TV services are declining, which is due in part to the growth of streaming services, such as Stan, that offer you...

7 ways to check and improve your internet connectivity

If you are noticing sluggishness on a home or work network, the issue doesn't always relate to your Internet provider. As a matter of fact, in a majority of cases, it doesn’t. There are numerous variables that need to be addressed when your internet connectivity is...

internet safety for children – 5 tips and tricks

How much do your kids know about internet safety? With more and more Australians getting access to high-speed internet every day, the likelihood of your children jumping online is inevitable. Our next generation is growing up with tablets, smartphones, and 24/7...

9 renting tips for the first time renter

Renting a home or apartment for the first time is an important step in your life journey. While not as demanding as buying a property, renting still requires a sense of responsibility and planning that many first-time renters aren’t prepared for. At MATE, a number of...

8 energy saving tips for your rental property

We’re always on the lookout for ways our Mate’s can save money and live a stress-free everyday lifestyle, and saving energy is one area that renters and young families can quickly reduce living expenses. Since Mate’s share, we thought we'd put together a list of the...

13 great places you could go with your kids this weekend

A weekend doesn’t have to mean two days home alone with the kids. Instead, there is any number of things you and your family can do while away from work or school to keep you sane and your kids happy! Here are thirteen of our favourite ideas to get your family out of...

8 things you need to know about having a shared family internet

In 2017, more than 13 million Australians were subscribed to an internet access plan. Those subscribers downloaded about 2.9 terabytes of information per quarter, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Shared family internet plans are typically the most...

ever wondered how much data Netflix uses? check this out

After a long Friday night of binge watching Stranger Things, you wake up in your living room with a fright to the sun shining through the curtains. You don’t remember when you fell asleep, and perhaps you’re still a bit confused as to where you even are! Once you...

know your limits with these tips on reducing data usage

Have you noticed that your mobile device is racking up data usage like a starving horse? In today’s age of fancy electronic gadgets and more apps than you could possibly count, data usage can easily go through the roof in a short period of time. There are ways to...

11 essential things to do when moving house

Relocating to a new house can be an exciting experience, especially if you’re upgrading. But we often get caught up in the sheer amount of things that need to get done, and the whole experience can become overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of useful tips that can...

7 cyber safety tips for mums with a young family

As useful as it is to have a reliable Internet connection in your home, you still need to be careful about how it’s used if you have young children. Your kids will never know a time when the Internet wasn’t readily available, and they might not give a second thought...

fundamental household budget tips for young families

Monthly expenses can be a burden for young families. Add a child into the equation, and it can become increasingly difficult to make ends meet. On top of the bills you know you’ll have to pay each month, raising a child can bring a multitude of unforeseen expenses...

the top 5 benefits of having a no contract internet plan

The Australian telco industry is a $42 billion market, and it is dominated by a few select players who have embedded themselves into the day-to-day lives of millions of Australians with long-term contracts. For most Australian internet and home phone users, they have...

7 surprising tips for extending your wifi range

Do these scenarios sound familiar? You’re working from home, it’s a beautiful day outside and you want to set up on the balcony, but your Wifi signal doesn’t extend that far? Or you’re binge-watching the latest season of Narcos on Netflix on your laptop in bed when,...

how to secure your wifi connection at home

Install your router, switch it on, jump on the internet, and you’re away… You don’t need to worry about it any more right? As long as you can quickly access the internet on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, most people don’t see a reason to play around with their...