SMARTHUB VS HG635
2.4GHZ - HG635 WINS
5GHZ - SMARHUB WINS
I can stream 1080P netflix on a PS4 using 2.4Ghz just fine with HG635 - signal shows at 74%.
I could not even see the Smart Hub WiFi network using the PS4. I had to take the PS4 downstairs, connect, then carry it back upstairs. Signal shows at 48%. I cannot stream anything.
5Ghz. At long distance on SmartHub, RSSI -81 I get full 53Mbps.
At the same distance HG635 drops to around 25Mbps and RSSI of -86.
SMARHUB VS HOMEHUB 5B
AT 2.4GHZ - THE SAME
AT 5GHZ - SMART HUB WINS
2.4Ghz - the SmartHub struggles to reach all the same areas as the HH5B. PS4 still cannot see the network on both HH5B and SmartHub. It should be noted HG635 connects just fine and streams 1080P quality.
I expected the signal to at least match the HG635 at 2.4Ghz given the 635 is 2 years old now. So I was disappointed.
5Ghz - SmartHub is considerably better all around the home. At long distance smarthub has -81 RSSI and throughput of 53Mbps. HH5B has RSSI of -85 and a throughput measured at 7Mbps.
GUI is abysmal, the most laggy thing I have ever used. It often does not load.
2.4Ghz wireless can only be set to channel 1, 6 and 11 or SMART selection. This is brilliant as it means users are not setting bad channels. Well done BT.
5Ghz can only use Non-DFS channels, I think this is a bad move, it means we cannot use say channel 100 where often throughput is better and often times RADAR is not an issue.
Some more advanced features, such as the "Band steering" in my testing do not appear to work. Just set two different SSIDs.
SSID Selection - If you split bands the SmartHub forces the 5Ghz SSID to end in "-5" - this means if you had your old SSID named xxxxx-5G as I did, you can no longer set it. Your SSID would have to be xxxx-5.
Say my SSID was BTHub5-2GH7-5G before, it must now be BTHub5-2GH7-5 and it refuses to allow you to type anything after the 5.
Smart Setup - in my experience it appears to be broken, not loading correct on any device despite multiple reboots. It kept forcing my devices to the smart hub IP, but then not loading, meaning internet did not work. I just turned it off.
I have a 2.4Ghz WiFi extender boosting the 2.4Ghz network. This gives PS4 enough bandwidth to stream etc.
Weirdly the smarthub device has relatively poor 2.4Ghz performance, but stellar 5Ghz performance. For example my RSSI on 2.4Ghz at the far corner of the house (4 walls from router) is -85, but at 5Ghz it is -77, so in my house weirdly the 5Ghz out performs the 2.4Ghz.
Overall disappointing that the HG635 worked fine without the repeater in place. I hoped it would match this device. That said, seems a decent box, and staggering 5Ghz from the looks of it.
EDIT: There is a very real and noticeable improvement in the 2.4Ghz signal if you disable Smart Channel selection. It is defaulting to channel 1 using smart channel selection, RSSI of -86 in my weak spot. Manually fixing it to channel 1 (same channel chosen by smart selection), get RSSI of -77. Tested turning it on and off multiple times, same each time. Seems an odd one to me.
Edited by ukhardy07 (Tue 12-Jul-16 19:42:32)