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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 (1:00 pm) - Score 24,235
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Budget ISP TalkTalk has today unveiled its new “Super Router“, which as we first revealed last year will be based off the latest Huawei HG635 hardware and features a built-in VDSL modem and the most recent Gigabit (1000Mbps+) capable wifi wireless networking spec (802.11ac) that the provider says “offers Britain’s fastest Wi-Fi technology“.

The new kit is now being included alongside all new, upgrade and re-contracting orders for TalkTalk’s Superpowered Fibre Broadband (FTTC) service, which costs from +£10 extra per month as an add-on to your existing service. For example, if you take the unlimited SimplyBroadband package with the current offer of £1.75 a month + £15.95 line rental then you can add £10 on top to get download speeds of up to 38Mbps from the FTTC upgrade.

SuperRouter Specifications

• ADSL2+ & VDSL2 (Fibre ready) modem
• 3×3 MiMo; Simultaneous 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz dual-band
• 5Ghz with Wi-Fi AC, backwards compatible with Wi-Fi b/g/n
• 2.4Ghz with Wi-Fi N, backwards compatible with Wi-Fi b/g
• One touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
• WEP & WPA2 Wi-Fi security
• 4 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
• 1 x RJ11 xDSL port; 1 x RJ45 WAN port
• Integrated firewall; Integrated Self-Help pages
• 1 x USB 2.0 host for external storage and printers
• UPNP with port forwarding and mapping
• DLNA

So what about the claim to offer “Britain’s fastest Wi-Fi technology“? TalkTalk commissioned IOT & Approval Solutions Ltd (IOTAS) to “independently benchmark” their Super Router against rivals from the four other major ISPs, which included BT’s HomeHub 5, the latest Sky Hub (SR102), EE’s BrightBox2 and Virgin Media’s latest Super Hub (v2). It’s important to point out that BT and EE’s kit both feature similar 802.11ac wifi technology.

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The results, which sadly do not say which ISP achieved which result (Virgin’s own testing was brave enough to do this), appear to support TalkTalk’s claim (note: Competitor 3 is probably Sky as their kit is the only one with no 5GHz). However it’s perhaps more accurate for TalkTalk to say that their router delivers the best wifi performance of all major pre-configured UK ISP routers, as opposed to Britain as a whole because there are many 802.11ac supporting third-party routers on the market that could be better and haven’t been tested.

Never the less this is still a good result, although TalkTalk’s testing doesn’t say much about comparable performance at different distances or through walls.

Tristia Harrison, TalkTalk’s MD for Consumer, said:

We’re watching more online TV, connecting more devices and in the last six months alone TalkTalk homes have doubled the amount they download. Our new Super Router is our most advanced yet and it’s optimised to meet our customers’ ever increasing needs. Coupled with our Superpowered Fibre broadband, the Super Router allows busy families to do more online at the same time, safe in the knowledge that they have a super quick, reliable connection with an unbeatable range.”

In addition the new kit also comes with integrated Self-Help and Diagnostic pages, which are designed to get customers back online more quickly and efficiently. The good news is that these two features will also be rolled out across the existing router base, although no firm timescale is given.

The Super Router will also be available to all new TalkTalk Business direct fibre customers “soon” and we hope to add some pictures of the final device shortly.

UPDATE 3:16pm

Added a picture of the front (note: nothing but the usual ports, as listed above, on the back and the device is fairly thin too).

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19 Responses
  1. Avatar George

    I assume these will be network locked to Talk Talk or have Talk Talk custom firmware??? If not could be a good bargain to look out for on ebay for people wanting to get rid of the 2 boxes they most likely currently have from other ISPs.

    • Avatar Phil

      It’s probably worse than BT Home Hub 5 because TalkTalk equipment is rubbish

    • Avatar Phil

      I think it will be locked to talktalk only

    • Avatar George

      Ironically Talk Talk routers are not that bad their gear is normally based on other manufacturers stuff and just rebadged. The Huawei stuff even with TT custom firmware is reliable though less feature rich than the OEM versions. Some Huawei stuff can be unlocked easily also so this may well be something to keep an eye on for bargain hunters.

    • Avatar Lou

      I just received one of these yesterday to replace the terrible Huawei HG532 and it is excellent. No need for range extenders any more. Very impressed with strength and stability of the signal. Streaming video through XBMC has been flawless. Actually felt like calling Talktalk support to commend them. I reckon that would be a first 🙂

  2. Avatar Richard

    I have a TT router which has been spot on since installation.

  3. Avatar terence

    2.4Ghz out perform 5Ghz with 3×3 MiMo setup, that’s interesting! would love to see more details of their test setup and details Iperf report! Shame there is no 11ac test result here. ALso it seems like have no external antenna in this HuaWei Kit.
    Hope more user can post their experience after using it.

  4. Avatar hmmm

    talktalk fibre is crap donot join these tell you what speeds you get and you get no where near and they cap your speeds as BTOR say .

    • Avatar No Clue

      If you could rant in a fashion that made sense using the English language i am sure you would have a point.

  5. Avatar hmmm

    no clue whatever ???? exactly you haven’t a clue . lmfao

    • Avatar No Clue

      Im sure coming from someone that uses the word “crap” in every other post they make, to describe basically every provider, your opinion while dumb is entirely valid in your own empty head.

  6. Avatar hmmm

    @ know nowt clue here keep your opinion to yourself haven’t got time of day for fuck wits

  7. Avatar DD

    I have had this router for 4 months, its phenomenal!

  8. Avatar ALANTHEDJ

    B.T. openreach engineers were here at 08:15 this morning and fitted the Huawei HG635 Modem/Router. An Excellent piece of kit. When I use the various speed test sites I get between 32.4 and 35.0 Mb/s on a 40.0 Mb/s package. Openreach measured it at 33.49 Mb/s. Not too shabby at all. Perhaps the seemingly brain dead “Hmmm” didn’t have his kit switched on?!!. I agree with “No Clue” Talk Talk generally dont have a speed cap and my package gives me Unlimited downloads.

  9. Avatar Wizziwaz

    I have had this router for some time as I was part of the Talk Talk trial.
    It is an absolutely epic router and I can also add that one of my relatives owns a Home hub 5. The Talk Talk HG635 easily outperforms it on distance and speed based on my own tests, especially using 5GHZ. I had my doubts when I entered the trial but I have to say I am more than pleased with it and don’t intend to replace it any time soon.
    I am usually the first to rip out ISP routers and buy a third party router but not this time. The user interface is also very nicely laid out and has some nice features and diagram based screens with whats connected etc. I have no hesitation in recommending it.

  10. Avatar John Martin

    Renewed my contract got a great deal including the new router 3 weeks a go.
    Very happy once BT got my speed right.

  11. Avatar Happy router

    I had my new Huawei HG63 router installed last week and was so impressed I updated my contract. I was sent another router by talktalk to install myself 🙂 what could i expect to earn from selling a new unused in the box Huawei HG63 on ebay or other sites. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Avatar Callum James

    The new talktalk router is fantastic i had nothing but problems with the old one and went through 2 open reach fibre modems.Since i have had the new one no problems what so ever speed also is dead on very happy.

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