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Standard User cfzgraham
(newbie) Fri 07-Oct-11 17:27:34
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My Homehub3 offers both BTFON and BTOpenzone


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Hiya folks, my first post here...

Just got my own broadband connection and Homehub3 and I saw, in my wirlesss connection box, that three signals were showing as full-strength services: my own connection, and also two public ones, BTFON and BTOpenzone.

I had no doubt it's my 'hub that is offering them, as I live in a very rural area - but, just to verify, I reset the modem and then refreshed the network list. As expected, I got the "no wireless networks were found in range" message.

What's the point of offering passers-by both services side by side? And I thought Openzone was the high-strength one found in city centres and airports?

I connected to both in turn, and found they yield the same IP address... seems like they're two doorways into the same room.
Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Fri 07-Oct-11 21:23:39
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In reply to a post by cfzgraham:
Just got my own broadband connection and Homehub3 and I saw, in my wirlesss connection box, that three signals were showing as full-strength services: my own connection, and also two public ones, BTFON and BTOpenzone.


All BT internet wireless routers (homehub, homehub2, homehub3, business hub) have the option of sharing these extra SSID's BTFON and BTopenzone.

They can be disabled on most. Worth googling - for one thread see:

http://community.bt.com/t5/BB-Speed-Connection-Issue...

James - be* pro - on THFB - sync about 17.2mbps - BQM
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Fri 07-Oct-11 21:35:27
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But in the OP's case best left enabled as the chances of anyone connecting are minimal, and so what if they do, and he gets the benefit of access himself all over the place.

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Standard User cfzgraham
(newbie) Sat 08-Oct-11 00:39:40
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Well, I'm happy to leave them both running, in case some passing shepherds want to connect smile

I just wondered what the reasoning was, behind both services running in parallel.

Edited by cfzgraham (Sat 08-Oct-11 00:44:00)

Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Sat 08-Oct-11 17:55:47
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The fact they're not enabled but just broadcasting SSIDs is the problem!

James - be* pro - on THFB - sync about 17.2mbps - BQM
Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Mon 10-Oct-11 10:33:19
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I am not on BT and don't have a FON account so couldn't connect through that. However, I do have O2 for mobile which includes free access to BT Openzone so can connect via that. So, assuming that the connections may route to different back end authentication services then it would make sense to have both (especially for BTs maps of how many thousands of Openzone hotspots they have that just happen to be there because people don't know they are offering them)..
Standard User janitor
(experienced) Tue 11-Oct-11 21:31:41
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Do downloads made on these two services count against a users download limit if they have one.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 11-Oct-11 22:04:09
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No

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Standard User ggremlin
(committed) Tue 11-Oct-11 22:20:40
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what the reasoning was, behind both services running in parallel
fon works internationally
openzone is uk
Anonymous
(Unregistered)Tue 11-Oct-11 23:49:16
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If you are BT BB customer you can login both on BT FON and BT Openzone with your BT Total BB account information. BT Openzone SSID is for BT Openzone customers - BTFON SSID is for FON users - These are two different subset of customers for BT and they will manage the service in different ways. HIH
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