The BT Home Hub 5 is one of the most attractive routers on the market right now, but what does it offer beyond its good looks? Let’s find out...
In this guide:Video: Home Hub 5 - features
How do you get it?
What does it look like?
What features does it have?
But beauty isn't skin-deep - or plastic-deep if you want to be a pedant - so lets have a look at what other features the BT Home Hub 5 has and the difference is between it and the BT Home Hub 4.
If you get a BT Infinity fibre optic broadband package - advertised as offering speeds of either up to 38Mb or 76Mb - you'll get a BT Home Hub 5.
BT Infinity deals
|Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls|
|Monthly cost £7.50 (for 6 months) 1st year cost: £171.95|
|Up To 38 Mb|
|Weekend calls inc.|
Firstly, there's a snazzy blue strip across the front, by the hub indicator lights. It's a small thing, but we like it - it's a bit like a go faster stripe on a car.
A more substantial difference can be seen with the gigabit ethernet ports on the back. These allow for faster transmission of data than standard ports - something you need to take advantage of the superfast speeds fibre optic broadband offers.
Like the Home Hub 4, BT's latest router uses dual band technology, to minimise the effects of lots of people using Wi-Fi at once. That means less chance of slow speeds, or losing your Wi-Fi entirely.
However, the Home Hub 5 is superior to the Home Hub 4 in that it includes AC wireless technology. What's that? Well, essentially, it's the fastest wireless signal you'll get with a home broadband wireless router. It's great for activities that benefit from faster connections, such as streaming video services like Netflix.
Of course, to benefit from that technological advance, you'll need also need to use a device that's compatible - and that's only going to be something fairly recent. The AC wireless functionality is nice to have, but it shouldn't be the basis for choosing a package with the Home Hub 5.
Rest assured, you should still be able to connect all your gadgets and gizmos using Wi-Fi regardless. What's more, you should get decent wireless speeds, as you'll be using fibre broadband, which should give you a fast, reliable connection, so long as you set up your Wi-Fi properly.
To do that, check out our simple guide to making sure your wireless broadband is as good as it can be.