Plusnet router review: What it is, what it does and how to set it up

ByDuncan Heaney

Get the low down on the unremarkable yet reliable Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router. We take you through what features and settings it has, how to get it up and running and how to get the most out of it.

The Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router allows you to connect your computer, as well as other devices such as smartphones, tablets, games consoles and smart TVs to the internet and each other using Wi-Fi.

Previously, you'd have needed a modem to get broadband and then a separate wireless router to have Wi-Fi and get online wirelessly. However, an all-in-one router like this combines both into a single device. Convenient, no?

What is the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router?

The Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router is a lower end device, with a smaller range than the routers you get with many of the other major broadband providers. Having said that, it's a reliable, affordable and should be sufficient for most homes.

It's not the smallest router out there - it's 18cm in length, 13.5cm wide and 3cm deep - and it's certainly not the prettiest, but its boxy shape means it should fit comfortably on most surfaces.

What features does the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router have?

On the front of the router is a round button. You can use this to connect a device to your Wi-Fi network using Wi-Fi protected set up (WPS). Essentially, this means you can use Wi-Fi on certain devices without having to enter a password. However, be aware this feature is unavailable on certain models of this router.

The indicator lights are on the top of the router. Unlike many routers, the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 clearly labels each light with text.

Power - Turns green when the router is plugged in and ready to go.

Ethernet - Appears when a device has successfully established a wired broadband connection - this light will flash when data is being transferred

Wireless - Changes colour according to your Wi-Fi status:

  • Red means the router is broadcasting Wi-Fi, but it's unsecured so anyone within range can connect without a password
  • Yellow means wireless is on and using wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption - a less secure system than the superior Wi-Fi protected access (WPA)
  • Green means WPA is being used - we highly recommend setting this type of encryption when

Broadband - Green when a broadband connection is detected.

Internet - Lights up when the router's connected online.

Unlike many routers, the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router clearly labels each of its indicator lights with text.

The Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router has an external aerial on the back. This broadcasts the Wi-Fi signal and can be rotated into different positions so you can direct the signal to where you are most likely to need it.

The port closest to the aerial on the back of the router is for the power cable - for the router to work it it'll need to be plugged into a standard electrical plug socket.

Next to that is the router's on and off switch. If you find your Wi-Fi is slow or stops working, pushing this button to turn the router off and on again will often fix the problem.

The small hole next to the power socket is the reset switch. If you press a pencil, unravelled paper clip or a similarly slim object into the reset hole for a few seconds it will force the router to resort to factory settings - the state it was in when it came out of the box.

The four yellow sockets are ethernet ports. Connecting your computer or other compatible device to one of these ports with an ethernet cable - Plusnet supplies one of these in its welcome pack - lets you access the internet via a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi, which provides a faster, more reliable connection. The Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router supports up to four wired connections at a time.

The final socket on the back of the device is the ASDL port - plugging the router into a phone socket using an ADSL cable is how the former delivers broadband to your home.

 The Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router supports up to four wired connections at a time.

On the bottom of the router is a sticker on which is printed the username and password required to access the routers administrative settings. Plusnet also provides this information on an unattached sticker, which users can put somewhere for easier access to login details, making it easier for visitors and so on to use your Wi-Fi.

How do I get the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router?

Plusnet no longer offers the Thomson 585v8 wireless router with its broadband packages. If you subscribe to a Plusnet broadband package now you will instead be offered a Technicolor 582n wireless router. This comes free with all packages, although it will cost you £5.99 for postage and packaging.

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How do I set-up the Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router?

Plusnet provides an easy to follow step-by-step guide to setting up your Plusnet Thomson 585v8 wireless router. No set-up CD included, but Plusnet's supplied documentation is easy to follow. The provider also has a UK-based call centre that can provide assistance if you're having trouble. 

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