BT was one of the first ISPs to support draft n Wi-Fi on its router, the BT Home Hub 2.0.
BT has been rolling out this model over a range of broadband packages – including the new BT Infinity fibre optic package. We'd like to se BT move up to another router and the BT Home Hub 2.0 is showing its age. It's not blessed with an extensive feature set or great specifications but it is fairly idiot-proof. It is also a good-looking router, if that is the sort of thing that matters to you.
The BT Home Hub 2.0 has nice curved edges and a gloss black finish with four LED lights plus and extra light that only comes on when the firmware is upgrading. It's also quite solidly built – a good thing given that the warranty provided lasts only lasts as long as your BT contact so it's only up to 18 months.
At the back of the BT Home Hub 2.0 are the DSL connection, mains socket and four Ethernet ports. BT earns points for including a USB port so you can plug in a USB-based storage drive. There's also a Wireless Association button so users can register at BT automatically.
You'd expect ease of use and simplicity from BT and this is exactly what we got. Installation is a breeze because you don't have to register your ISP or login details. BT and the BT Home Hub 2.0 router don't need them and so we were up and running in seconds.
The BT Home Hub 2.0 supports WPA and WPA2 along with 11.g and 11.n. However, it lacks Quality of Service (QoS) options so you can't prioritise particular types of traffic.
We tested throughput range on draft n and found it to be average but it held up well over a wider range. Maximum performance over the width of a room saw the BT Home Hub transfer its 700MB load in 4 minutes 56 seconds, rising to 5 minutes 23 seconds with two walls between the router and client. 11.n was also slower slightly slower than expected with 1 minute and 24 seconds from the nearest point to 2 minutes and 1 second at the slowest speed.
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