BT has released its latest router, called the BT Smart Hub, that will supposedly offer all manner of improvements over the last version – but it will come at a cost. BT claims it has the most powerful Wi-Fi signal of all its broadband rivals, to ensure a connection that is even faster and more stable.
The BT Smart Hub is an unassuming router that builds on the Smart Hub 5’s design. The unit has a minimalist 2-tone black front, with the only obvious design features being a BT logo and single glowing light at the center. The light is color-coded to let you know the status of your Wi-Fi connection.
This new Smart Hub is slightly taller and wider than the Home Hub 5, but it contains massively improved hardware. It has 7 antennas, which BT claims will let it offer significantly improved connection distances over the Home Hub 5, that had a 2 x 2 dual antenna setup.
The Smart Hub offers dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies and the smart side of this new Hub is designed to choose the channel for the best performance and avoid interference. There are also filters to ensure that the other devices close to the Wi-Fi spectrum don’t interfere with your signal.
The Smart Hub features an upgraded version of 802.11ac called the Wave 2. It’s currently all the rage with tech companies and is traditionally only seen on more expensive routers from the specialists such as Asus, Linksys, D-Link and Netgear. Wave 2 allows routers to broadcast on more parts of wireless spectrum, making for more reliable and faster connections with multiple devices.
The new BT Smart Hub will be available in the summer, with no precise date given so far, although BT says it’ll be offered to existing customers first.