BT Smarthub v Homehub 5

tom 2000

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I have a HH5 and have received an offer of a Smarthub for £9.99. Is one better over the other? I have no issues with my HH5 apart from the usual wish that wifi was stronger as I have an old long house. I currently two additional wireless access points connected by Powerline to provide wifi coverage throughout my house and outbuildings.
Thanks.
 

wormvortex

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Speedwise mine is quicker than my homehub 5 was wirelessly when sharing files around the home. Not sure about range as my house isn't very large and have never had issues with any router.
 

Webbserver

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Don't do it. If you want to improve on the HH5, get yourself a decent 3rd party DSL router/modem.
The Home hub 6 is one of the most unreliable pieces of kit I've owned.
I purchased mine in August having 'upgraded' from a Homehub5 that I owned for a couple of years. I've since had frequent crashing and the hh6 finally died 2 weeks ago. The replacement hh6 BT sent me also died 2 days ago!
After much creating and threatening to cancel my business with BT, they have reluctantly agreed to a full refund. They wanted to send me a 3rd replacement but I'm done with the HH6.
Back to using my trusty homehub5 for the last couple of days until my new Asus arrives from Amazon tomorrow.

Cheers
Steve
 

mickevh

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Don't expend much effort looking for routers with "stronger signal" - they simply don't exist. Wi-Fi transmit power is limited by law and most kit is, and always has been, at or close to the permitted maximum. What differences there are in transmit power, aren't worth worrying about - certainly not worth paying for. "In the business" we spend all of half a second looking at the Tx power kit - other factors are of more concern, (protocol support, security, management features, etc. etc.) Vendors often use Barnum statements in the ad copy such as "our most powerful router ever" which means nothing. (EG "Powerful" in what way - routing capacity, Radio Tx power, switching rate, DSL rates - it's left unqualified so the reader can infer their own meaning and usually think "Wi-Fi" even though it isn't stated.)

Most people "miss" the fundamental operating paradigm of Wi-Fi - it's two radio like walkie-talkies, not one way radio like television. Thus, even if it were legal to boost router Tx power, it does nothing to address transmitions in the reverse direction from all the client devices (phone,tablets, laptops, etc.) It would be like trying to fix a "problem" of two conversing people that can't hear each other by giving one party a megaphone, it only addresses the problem "one way."

The correct way to "fix" Wi-Fi coverage issues is to put up more access points and create a "cellular" system. On big sites we put up hundreds of AP's, not some magic "uber-router" in the middle. You usually get better throughput (speed) at the client with a cellular system too.
 
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Joe Pineapples

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Resurrecting this thread as am curious to know if the smart hub is now regarded as being generally more reliable/stable these days, since I imagine several firmware updates have happened after the thread was started.
 
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tom 2000

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Mines works good although I cannot access my cctv on www. Don't know if it is the Hub or not.
 

RBZ5416

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Resurrecting this thread as am curious to know if the smart hub is now regarded as being generally more reliable/stable these days, since I imagine several firmware updates have happened after the thread was started.
You only have to look at BT's forums to see that there are always groups that have issues with BT's routers. I had problems with 5GHz wifi on three different HH5s, yet found the Smart Hub very reliable. Others have had the opposite experience so it seems to be complete pot luck. But if you can pick up a Smart Hub for a tenner they sell for £30-35 if you don't get on with it.
 

tom 2000

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I have a Smarthub sitting unused pending completion of a delayed Fibre order. It says something that I haven’t been tempted to fit it in place of my HH5.
 

JayCee

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Had a BT Smart Hub for the past couple of years and...touch wood, it's been ultra reliable.
 

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