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Author Topic: BT Launch New Smart Hub 2 Broadband Router and Complete Wi-Fi  (Read 216 times)

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BT Launch New Smart Hub 2 Broadband Router and Complete Wi-Fi
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:01:35 PM »

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2018/11/bt-launch-new-smart-hub-2-broadband-router-and-complete-wi-fi.html

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After several months of trials UK ISP BT will tomorrow morning announce the launch of their new Smart Hub 2 (SH2) wireless ultrafast broadband router, which is complemented by a “coverage guarantee” to deliver strong WiFi signals across your home via the new “Complete Wi-Fi” solution.

The original Smart Hub launched in 2016 and at the time it was quite an impressive piece of kit for a bundled device, boasting top theoretical wireless speeds of up to 1917Mbps (2.4GHz and 5GHz combined) via 7 antennas, Gigabit Ethernet (LAN ports) and various other features. Since then there’s also been a slightly different variant for FTTP subscribers and the Smart Hub X for G.fast users.

Similarly the new Smart Hub 2 router has been designed with the latest generation of “ultrafast broadband” (FTTP and G.fast) services in mind, although it’s WiFi speed at 5GHz is still 1733Mbps and thus akin to the SH1 (we don’t know the 2.4GHz speed yet). As you’d expect the new router also features Gigabit LAN ports and integrates an ADSL2+, VDSL2 and G.fast modem (like before there’s a different variant for FTTP that swaps one LAN for a WAN port).

On top of that BT has also chosen to ship it with an FXS port (phone), which will be useful for VoIP calling. The latter is particularly important in light of the imminent arrival of the wholesale SOGEA (standalone broadband) service, which is due to launch via Openreach next year. “The Smart Hub 2 and Wi-Fi Discs are future proofed to deliver Ultrafast speeds, Complete Wi-Fi and Digital Voice,” said BT.

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    BT Feature Highlights for the Smart Hub 2 and Wi-Fi Disc

    • Intelligent design
    o Smart Hub 2 includes 7 antenna uniquely positioned to maximise wi-fi performance
    o Wi-Fi Disc features 4 antenna, able to run at 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrently to deliver fast speeds whatever the device

    • Best wi-fi tech – the latest wi-fi technology ensures more devices can get a superfast connection at the same time

    • Smart channel selection – all your devices auto connect to the fastest wi-fi channel and frequency available on hub or disc

    • Smart scan – continually scans to see how well your hub and network connection is performing and reboots itself if there’s a problem.

    • The wi-fi app manager: Customers can manage their wi-fi network in the “Your wi-fi network” section of the My BT app to make sure they’re getting the strongest signal around their home. It’ll even work out where they should put their Wi-Fi Disc, and check the strength of their wi-fi signal in every room.
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