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Standard User glossywhite
(member) Thu 13-Oct-16 15:03:43
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EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case?


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I've just been sent one of these "new" fangled "Bright Box 1" routers, the one shown below:

https://broadband.ee.co.uk/common/img-v2/ill-router1...
https://broadband.ee.co.uk/common/img-v2/ill-router2...
https://broadband.ee.co.uk/common/img-v2/ill-router3...

I just want to know one thing; is this (supposedly) "new and improved" Bright Box 1 actually a new product, or is it just a pretty new casing? It does look nice, but then it's a consumer router that's given away, and we all know how worthless they usually are.

Edited by glossywhite (Thu 13-Oct-16 15:08:20)

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 13-Oct-16 18:01:32
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Re: EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case


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Thought their latest devices were the Brightbox 2

https://broadband.ee.co.uk/ee-bright-box-router2

BB1 is a single band wireless router (i.e. just 2.4GHz) but Brightbox 2 is better as its dual band with support for 802.11ac

The BB1 is fine for general ADSL2+ use, but if on a VDSL2/fibre service the BB2 with better wireless is preferable.

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Standard User glossywhite
(member) Thu 13-Oct-16 18:44:08
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Re: EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case


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The latest (non-fibre, ADSL) EE router is the BCM6318-based Bright Box 1 (V2), I know this as I have now taken it apart and am taking photos of the layout inside - it's a different device.

Here's a photo of the device - the style is similar to Bright Box 2, but it's not the same, and it's smaller:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA4MFgxNDQw/z/9UUAAOSwepZ...


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 13-Oct-16 19:32:00
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Re: EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case


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So the Brightbox Box 1 is newer than the Bright Box 2 - and they've released a new device with only ADSL2+ mode and single band wireless?

Have known of existence of Brightbox ones for a long time.

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Standard User glossywhite
(member) Thu 13-Oct-16 23:53:55
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Re: EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case


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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
So the Brightbox Box 1 is newer than the Bright Box 2 - and they've released a new device with only ADSL2+ mode and single band wireless?

Have known of existence of Brightbox ones for a long time.


There are now three Bright Box routers in existence:

#1: Bright Box (original, v1, 2012, ADSL) - https://web.archive.org/web/20150321050816/https://b...
#2: Bright Box 2 (Fibre & ADSL) - https://broadband.ee.co.uk/ee-bright-box-router2
#3: Bright Box 1 (newer v2, new design, new SoC, ADSL) - https://broadband.ee.co.uk/ee-bright-box-router

"Have known of existence of Brightbox ones for a long time."


I am unsure of the intent of your question, please disambiguate, thank you smile

Edited by glossywhite (Fri 14-Oct-16 00:01:49)

Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 14-Oct-16 06:26:13
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Re: EE's (new?) "Bright Box 1" - a new device, or a new case


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The Brightbox 2 is only supplied for Fibre (but I have wangled one wink ) . So EE have now updated the ADSL supplied Brightbox 1, which therefore postdates the Brightbox 2.

I think it's called the Brightbox 1R, but if it isn't that makes the one OP is talking about the 4th Brightbox varient.

1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 20 Meg WBC
Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 14-Oct-16 06:30:27
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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 14-Oct-16 09:58:50
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Aha a new version of the existing one.

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Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 14-Oct-16 13:56:05
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Yes, it is the BB 1 (R). All 3 variants of the Brightbox can be seen on Phones and devices guides by ticking "Home broadband".

The BB1R is about at least 1 year old and is a new version of the ADSL BB1 in a BB2-shaped case. EE offered me 1 last year but only sent me the original BB1 frown.

1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 20 Meg WBC
Standard User glossywhite
(member) Sat 15-Oct-16 00:37:22
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EE Bright Box 1, V2, taken apart - just uploaded:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22008695@N03/albums/72...
Standard User glossywhite
(committed) Wed 23-Nov-16 00:53:32
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Update: 23/11/16

After over a month of using the "Bright Box 1R", here are my detailed findings:

~ It should be re-branded "sh*te box", just like the other 2 of their cheapo, generic, flaky, buggy routers.

~ Constant uPnP errors and disconnects from my Raspberry Pi 3 DLNA server, which was working flawlessly on my "DGTeam" DG834G V3 - rubbish Bright Box.

Mind you, what can one expect when one is handed a "free" ISP router? ISPs are in the game to maximise profits and supply you with internet, they are NOT proud manufacturers of highly optimised & tweaked performance routers, so is it any surprise that the built-down-to-a-price creaky boxes of junk don't perform as one would expect? If they can afford to give them away (and often replace them 4-5 times, or MORE) then they clearly aren't made OR tested that well.

Most of that is rhetoric, you all know that ISP routers are rubbish, but I just thought I'd make it known that yet another (not so)-"Bright Box" is out in the wild, and riddled with problems.

I am not a router expert, but I know when something that WAS right, suddenly isn't.

Cheerio, thanks for reading smile
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