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Standard User Brixmis7
(newbie) Sat 28-Sep-19 12:56:25
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Smart Hub (Home Hub) 6 And Which Colour WIFI Discs.?


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After wasting peoples time last week with the question: Smart hub 2 and 3rd party mesh wifi system!

It would appear that I have a Smart Hub (Home Hub) 6. abd nit SH2.

Having decided to stay with the BT WFI discs, I now need to find out which ones are correct for the SH6, is it the black or white ones?

Any help is appreciated.

Sorry again to those who tried to help last time.

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Standard User CrimsonOne
(newbie) Sat 12-Oct-19 12:10:16
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Re: Smart Hub (Home Hub) 6 And Which Colour WIFI Discs.?


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I believe the black discs are only available for the Smart Hub 2, and the review sites suggest they are incompatible with the white discs. You should be able to get BT to supply you with an SH2 and disc is you call them - note there is a £5/month extra charge for this!
Standard User Icaras
(experienced) Sun 13-Oct-19 12:52:55
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Re: Smart Hub (Home Hub) 6 And Which Colour WIFI Discs.?


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Although you can just get the black discs yourself and not pay the £5. My friend gave me one as he ended up with too many and it works fine with my Smart Hub 2.

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Standard User andy88
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 04-Nov-19 22:51:10
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Re: Smart Hub (Home Hub) 6 And Which Colour WIFI Discs.?


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As below, The S/w on the disks is not the same.
and AFAIK you cannot integrate Black discs into a white disc network
(White discs can select one to be master, Black ones the Smart Hub 2 is master by design)

in full:
The BT Smart Hub 2 (large Circle the height of the unit on the front)
is designed to be the master disk, and only have black discs as slaves.
Advantage is that the Hub's wifi SSID/Pass and menu's/Status are all integrated.
i.e. The disc's echo the Wifi setting of the Hub, and the connected devices are seen in the Hub status etc.

The BT Smart Hub 1 (Hub 6), large bar across the front (as you link to)
It cannot integrate "as one" with discs (black or white)
The white disks are added as a standalone mesh set...
ONE disc is selected to be master, and be the 'edge' connection to your router / internet.
Like any stand alone add-on mesh AP system:
You set a new Mesh SSID/Passphrase independent of the Smart Hub.
This then applies to all the white discs you have meshed/added together.
Indeed, the guide suggests turning off the SmartHub Wifi and only using the discs to save confusion/having to jump between the two SSID's (which is a but of a shame for such a reasonable Hub .... might as well get simple router and add the mesh)

So choices are:
- run BT Smart Hub (1), with one disk as standalone Access Point
- run BT Smart Hub (1), with several disks in a uniform SSID mesh...
and choose to leave the BT Smart hub wifi enabled or not.
(you could hide it in a corner, so no one can access the BT-wifi signal !)

- swap out to a BT Smart Hub 2, and go locate some black discs...
(ebay comes to mind...)

The hardware for the discs is the same... Dual band,
(with the mesh and 5GHz sharing use of the 5GHz radio.)

But the S/w is not the same, though from the same supplier.
(which is probably a shame - it could have auto detected the presence of Smart Hub 2, and let it be master automatically etc.) but there you are.

BT Smart Hub 1 type A : SagemCom (ex Siemens Gigaset) S/w
BT Smart Hub 1 type B : Arcadyan S/w
BT Smart Hub 2 (only 1 type) : Arcadyan S/w
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