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Standard User itm1960
(newbie) Wed 20-Dec-17 18:40:44
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BT Hub 4 wifi range vs Hub 3?


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Has anyone tested the comparative wifi ranges of the Hub 4 and Hub 3? I've just upgraded my parents hub from 3 to 4 and the coverage doesn't seem as good as the Hub 3.
Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 21-Dec-17 08:36:25
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That would seem a tad unusual... the 3 was pants for wifi.

Get a 6, absolutely stonking wifi from mine.

Standard User PaulKirby
(knowledge is power) Thu 21-Dec-17 11:01:28
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In reply to a post by Zarjaz:
That would seem a tad unusual... the 3 was pants for wifi.

Get a 6, absolutely stonking wifi from mine.

I must of been just unlucky with my Smart Hub or I have lead walls due to Wi-Fi got half way down my hall way.

And if located in middle of the home it never reached the outer edges of the home, where as the Fritz!Boxe's and Linksys routers Wi-Fi are great.

Other than the Wi-Fi issues I did like the Modem / Router, but it did have loads of issues and bugs in it and not being able to report them apart from the FTTP Team on the phone and BTCare on Twitter, these issues never got fixed.

Paul

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Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 21-Dec-17 11:50:13
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No problems with wi-fi from my HH3.

BT Infinity 1 (unlimited)
Standard User 23Prince
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:02:09
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odd
Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:11:33
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the wifi channel may have changed
Standard User itm1960
(newbie) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:20:41
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the wifi channel may have changed


I have the channel set to Auto, so it should select the best?
Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:32:08
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In all honesty when the hub 4 came out this was a widely discussed concern and it boils down to the switch over to dual band technology, and 2.4ghz not being as strong so clients roam into the 5Ghz band.

The Hub 6 is a decent box, not sure why you got a Hub 4?!
Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:35:08
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Presumably you dont know which channel is the best.

Is this 2.4 GHz or 5GHz?

One trick is to split the bands by adding -5 to the SSID of the 5GHz band
Standard User itm1960
(newbie) Thu 21-Dec-17 16:51:53
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In reply to a post by BatBoy:
Presumably you dont know which channel is the best.

Is this 2.4 GHz or 5GHz?

One trick is to split the bands by adding -5 to the SSID of the 5GHz band


No I have no idea which channel would be best. I didn't realise that it had 2.4 and 5Ghz - it is only broadcasting one SSID by default. Next time I'm there I'll try separating them out, then connecting to the 2.4GHz to see if it has better reach
Standard User blfamily
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 27-Dec-17 21:32:29
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if you have a mobile phone that can have apps on it, try Wifi Analyzer, it will recommend the best channel.

Steve
Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Dec-17 00:17:17
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In all honesty you want devices connecting into 5Ghz wherever possible as it's much much faster. Have you considered a WiFi extender?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Extender-Broadban...

This one will boost both the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz signal.

By default the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz have the same SSIDs. Devices are now becoming programmed to choose the 5Ghz signal even if the 2.4Ghz signal is stronger (which it almost always will be), iPhones (IOS11 and higher) now have a preference for 5Ghz, same for macbooks with the latest OS. My PS4 seems to choose the 5Ghz signal always too, even in poor signal.

I have split my SSID now, but just to ensure I never have to touch 2.4Ghz. For a while I had it default and most of my devices opted into 5Ghz.
Standard User Sylcol
(member) Tue 02-Jan-18 11:31:24
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I bought a second hand BT Smart hub6 on line just to have a spare immediately available should I get any problems.

Paid less than £20 and have to say it works better than my HH5b with wifi.
The HH5 was good but the 6 is much better. I was unsure having read poor reports on some forum inc. the BT one.

As far as I am concerned it just works out of the box, gives excellent wifi coverage and ipv6 which was not available with the HH5.
Standard User lelboy
(committed) Wed 03-Jan-18 12:51:13
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Hi,
I have to say that I have experienced the same.
Got the "Smart Hub" six months ago - and no issues up to now. It allows all wireless items to function properly - all around the house (and in the street, too, on my phone.
I assume it must have rebooted at some time or the other - but not often enough for me to notice.
Cheers, Les.
Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Wed 03-Jan-18 13:00:53
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My HH6 was great, miss it, much more reliable than the Sky Q system which often gives me no data throughput on WiFi, but TV boxes keep working - so there is a connection somehow (they are now wireless).

Edited by ukhardy07 (Wed 03-Jan-18 13:01:16)

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