An after severals months of trials UK ISP BT Will announce tomorrow morning-the launch of their new Smart Hub 2 (SH2) ultrafast wireless broadband router, the Which complemented by a "Guarantee coverage"Deliver to strong WiFi Signals Your Home via across-the new"Complete Wi-Fi'Solution.
The original smart Hub launched in 2016 (here) 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) 7 via antennas, Gigabit Ethernet (LAN ports) and Various Other features. Since then theres's Been ALSO SLIGHTLY a different variant for FTTP And The Subscriber Smart Hub X G.fast for users (here).
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 still the 5GHz speed WiFi at 1733Mbps and thus Akin to-the-SH1 (we do not know yet-the 2.4GHz speed). As you'd expect-the new features Gigabit LAN ports and router ALSO Integrale an ADSL2 +, VDSL2 modem and G.fast (like before theres's a different variant for FTTP That one LAN swaps for a WAN port).
On top of BT That Has ALSO CHOSEN With the aim to ship FXS port (Phone), Which Will Be Useful for VoIP calling. The Latter particularly important in the light of the-of-the impending Arrival wholesale SOGEA (Standalone broadband) service, the due to Which the launch via Openreach Next year. "The Smart Hub 2 and Wi-Fi Discs are future proofed to Deliver ultrafast speeds, Wi-Fi and Complete Digital Voice, "BT said.
The new router the ALSO being launched alongside a BT Complete Wi-Fi That Will Be on attachment to their service premium "BT Plus"Packages (costs an extra £ 5 per month), Which AIMS to "Guarantee"You a strong WiFi signal 'Every room in"Your Home By bundling of-the SH2 With a WiFi Boosting Disc (like you get-the repeaters With The BT Wi-Fi Whole Home kit).
The disc itself remaini Property of-the BT Hub Become the-pocket to keep yours as soon as you get it. However ow one disc is not Enough to-the stated outcome ACHIEVE THENI BT Another one Will throw in at no extra cost (up to a maximum of 3 discs) and ow That doesnt coverage to Deliver Every single room THENI a bill of credit £ 20 Will Be Offered.
As a Result of BT claims for Print That a "four-bedroom home Could see an Increase in Wi-Fi speeds of up to 25% around-the-Home With just one disc. "
Marc Allera, CEO of BT's Consumer Business, said:
"Strong, reliables Wi-Fi Has Never Been so important in-the-home, using even more families With Connected devices and Wanting to Make Every room in-the grape of-the-home. We're first broadband provider in the-the-world to launch a Wi-Fi Complete Customers can get online so Guarantee From Every corner of their homes.
WHETHER it's converting the-attic Into an online gaming room for-the-kids or making a room spare Into a home gym wherein you can stream music or work out videos, Our unique Complete Wi-Fi open up a world of Possibilities for OUR CUSTOMER. "
BT Feature Highlights for-the Smart Hub Disc 2 and Wi-Fi
• Intelligent design
o Smart Hub 2 7 INCLUDE antenna uniquely positioned to maximise Wi-Fi performance
Other features Disc 4 Wi-Fi antenna, Able to run at 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrently to Deliver device-the fast speeds WHATEVER
• Best Wi-Fi tech – the latest Wi-Fi technology ensures more devices to connection can get superfast at a time-the Same
• Smart channel selection – Connect to All Your auto devices-the fastest Wi-Fi channel and frequency Available on disc or hub
• Smart scan – continually scans to see how well Your network to connection hub and the performing and reboots itself ow theres's a problem.
• The Wi-Fi Manager app: Customers can Manage their Wi-Fi network in the 'Your Wi-Fi Network "section of My BT-the app to make sure they're-the Strongest signal Getting around their home. It'll even work out wherein They shouldnt put their Wi-Fi Disc, and check the strength of their Wi-Fi signal in Every room.
The new kit Could BE SEEN in part as a response to TalkTalk's new Wi-Fi Hub (Here) and Vodafone's monster GigaFast Router for FTTP (here). Separately the Sky Broadband to launch a new router the due soon and Virgin Media's hub 4.0 (To Be likely based off Liberty Global's DOCSIS 3.1 capable Gigabit Connect Box device) Will no doubt follow in-the not too distant future, although we do not yet know for sure how Will They Compare.
Meanwhile hoping to see anybody bleeding edge support for-the very latest WiFi standard 802.11ax (10Gbps capable) and WPA3 wireless encryption (here) Will probably have to wait Another year or two for major round of Next-the router refreshes. At Both standards are currently still in their infancy and supporting body must (non-draft) Until kit will not surface later in 2019.
Complete Wi-Fi Smart Hub 2 Discs & Product Specifications
|Smart Hub 2||Wi-Fi Disc|
|modem Type||ADSL, ADSL2, VDSL2, G.FAST||N / A|
|Access Methods Supported||ADSL, VDSL (FTTC), Ethernet WAN (FTTP), G.FAST||Compatible With Smart Hub 2|
|Stated speed||Gigabit Ethernet LAN||Gigabit Ethernet LAN|
|VoIP / DECT / Voice||Yes||N / A|
|Complete Wi-Fi enabled||Yes||Yes|
|size||254mm width x 157mm height x 30mm depth||165mm diameter x 36mm depth|
|antennas||7 Wi-Fi||4 Wi-Fi (simultaneous dual band)|
|2 DECT antennas|
|Internal / external antennas||internal||internal|
|Number of WAN ports||Hub-only FTTP (3 x GigE LAN, 1WAN FTTP)||n / a|
|Gigabit Ethernet ports||4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN||1 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN|
|Ethernet Connection speed||10/100 / 1000Mbit / s||10/100 / 1000Mbit / s|
|Other ports||USB 2.0, DSL, FXS (Phone)||n / a|
|Wireless Dual-Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz)||Yes||Yes|
|2.4GHz 3 x 3 MIMO 11N||2.4GHz 4 x 4 MIMO 11N|
|5GHz 4 × 4 MIMO 11ac||5GHz 4 × 4 MIMO 11ac|
|Smart wireless modes||Yes||Yes|
|BT Wi-Fi (Openzone)||Yes||No.|
|DECT 2.1 CATiq||Yes||No.|